Experienced Iowa Trusts and Estates Attorneys
With 35 years of experience, the attorneys at Dell A. Richard possess in-depth knowledge about all aspects of trusts and estate issues, including:
Whether you need practical legal advice or winning strategies for your corporate, business or education law matters, our lawyers have the in-depth knowledge and skills to help you resolve even the most complex legal problems.
- Estate planning
- Estate tax issues
- Executorship duties
- Living wills
- Living trusts
- Probate and will disputes
- Will drafting and execution
The experienced attorneys at Dell A. Richard can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes, and protecting your loved ones. We can draft a will that reflects your desires and establish living trusts, if beneficial to your estate.
Our attorneys apply their extensive knowledge about the Iowa probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. We assist executors in all steps of the process, including:
- Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
- Filing the will with the Iowa probate court
- Closing and opening bank accounts
- Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
- Valuating the estate
- Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
- Paying taxes and other debts
- Locating beneficiaries
- Hiring professionals and experts when necessary
When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we successfully represent your interests. Our attorneys have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. As skilled mediators and litigators, we can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or diligently pursue your rights in court when necessary.
What needs to be done:
Probate during life – guardianships and conservatorships for the elderly, disabled or minors; powers of attorney; filing claims in probate.
Probate after death – assist survivor to handle probate process; serve as attorney to estate, litigate probate claims, prepare tax returns and assist in disposition of assets.
Estate Planning and Will Preparation – consultation regarding disposition of property, both during life and after death; preparation of trusts, wills and other transfer documents to carry out intended action; prepare living wills; health care powers of attorney.
Tax Planning – provide tax advice on forms of disposition of property.
What it usually costs:
Simple Will- $100 to $300; trust for children – $150 to $350; non-tax detailed disposition – $150 to $300;
Will requiring tax planning – $500 to $1,000;
Revocable Living Trust with minimum tax planning l- $750 to $2,000; complicated estate plan – $1,000 to ?
Guardianships and conservatorships – uncontested – $600 to $1,000; standby – $300 to $600; contested – $750 to $2,000; power of attorney – $50 to $100.
Probate administration – non-probate consultation with surviving spouse – $300 to $600; estate under $1,000,000 – usually statutory fee of approximately 2% of gross estate; over $1,000,000 – agreed upon fee of 1% to 2% of gross estate.