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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy (Liquidation)

When you file Chapter 7, your property goes into a bankruptcy estate. The estate is then sold (liquidated) and the proceeds are paid over to your creditors. However, pre-bankruptcy planning is perfectly legal so long as it is all disclosed. So your experienced attorney may be able to help you liquidate any non-exempt assets you may have before filing, instead of giving them to your creditors.

Chapter 13 (Repayment)

While the vast majority of clients will file under Chapter 7, some may be in-eligible due to income being too high for expenses. Others may wish to keep property that may not be exempt in Chapter 7 or may want to include overdue home payments or other obligations in their plan payments. In some cases back taxes can be better managed in a Chapter 13. In any case, if you choose to file under Chapter 13 you will repay based on your ability, normally over 5 years. But beware, most Chapter 13 plans fail because the debtor is unable to make the payments, often due to another emergency like job loss, illness or divorce.

Criminal Law

OWI/DUI/Drunk driving, drug crimes, and domestic abuse/assault are some of the criminal law cases you should seek our experienced legal counsel.

OWI/DUI: Iowa's operating while intoxicated law makes it illegal for anyone to drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, or with any amount of a controlled substance in his or her system, while drivers under the age of 21 may not have a blood alcohol concentration of .02 or higher.

Drug Crimes: Controlled substances and drugs subject to state and federal criminal laws include marijuana, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, PCP, heroin, and any other substance for which a legal prescription is required, such as Hydrocodone (or Vicodin).

Domestic Abuse/Assault: The Iowa Domestic Abuse Act defines domestic abuse as a criminal assault against persons with whom you have a familial or intimate relationship, including current or former family or household members, a spouse or former spouse, a child, a person with whom you have a child, or a person with whom you are having or have had intimate relations. Assault can include physical violence, sexual violence, and intimidation or threats of violence. Domestic abuse also includes stalking and harassing, which do not require that there be a familial, household, or intimate relationship between the parties.

Probate/ Estate

Estate: Estate planning is the preservation and the distribution of your assets, both during your life and upon your death. It is accomplishing your personal and family goals and easing the management of your financial and legal affairs, as well as minimizing taxes if your estate is large enough for taxes to be of concern. When we talk about an estate, we mean all assets of any value that you own, including real property, business interests, investments, insurance proceeds, personal property and even your personal effects. An “estate plan,” generally, refers to the means by which your estate is passed on to your loved ones on your death.

Probate: Probate is the legal process where, through a court-supervised system, a deceased individual's assets are transferred to their rightful heirs/beneficiaries; taxes are paid; and debts/claims are handled. The probate process also includes the validation of a will.