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Digital Assets & Disability or Death

Did you know you probably have digital assets?  Digital assets are property stored or existing exclusively in digital form.  Digital assets that have sentimental value or social value include digital photos, a myriad of social media venues, home movies, and blogs.  However, the digital world has expanded well beyond our social lives and is an [..]

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5 Tips for Serving Alcohol at Christmas and New Years

It is party season, which means that many of you will be serving alcohol to guests. The question arises: what liability do you have if someone drinks at your party and then gets into a car accident? This is commonly referred to as “social host” law. A social host is someone who does not have [..]

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9 Things to Know When Using a Power of Attorney to Buy Gifts

Scenario: You have Mom’s power of attorney. Gift giving season is rapidly approaching, so you decide to buy some gifts for Mom to give to your siblings, the grandkids, YOU, etc.   Our firm has litigated the first trial in Iowa under the new adult abuse law. If you are not careful, gift giving can create [..]

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Digital Assets & Disability or Death

Did you know you probably have digital assets?  Digital assets are property stored or existing exclusively in digital form.  Digital assets that have sentimental value or social value include digital photos, a myriad of social media venues, home movies, and blogs.  However, the digital world has expanded well beyond our social lives and is an [..]

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What You Should Know About Employment Discrimination

Not all forms of employment discrimination are illegal.  What?! It’s true.  Federal, state, and municipal law all regulate employment discrimination.  Iowa anti-discrimination laws are broader than the federal law.  Under Iowa State law, if the company has at least four employees, it is illegal to discriminate in employment (hiring, termination, promotion, job assignment) on the basis of age (over [..]

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4 Things a Property Owner Needs to Know About Sidewalks

REPAIR AND REPLACE If a sidewalk runs through your property, you are required to keep it free from damage or hazards. If you decide you need to repair, replace, or remove more than 25% of the existing sidewalk, you, first, need to get a permit. All sidewalk construction or repair must be made with Portland [..]

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