Legal Services

This law office provides the following legal services including but not limited to:

Legally Stopping Factory Farms

Individuals and communities can experience a wide range of harmful impacts when a factory farm moves into a neighborhood. Often a lawsuit is the only recourse to fighting an industrial livestock confinement (CAFOs). Cases considered viable would typically be handled on a contingency fee basis where the legal team would only be compensated if they win monetary damages from the case. More

Environmental Litigation

Often, a lawsuit is the only recourse to stop an infringing environmental nuisance that is threatening neighbors, towns and local communities, including but not limited to CAFOs, waste incinerators, fracking, grain elevators and the like.

Litigation can take place in a variety of court settings and may best be described as a contest in a court of justice for the purpose of enforcing a right. It is sometimes called a judicial contest, a judicial controversy or a suit at law. This law office provides civil litigation services. We do not provide criminal legal services at this time. See also Stopping Factory Farms.

Wills & Trusts

This area of law includes not only Wills and Trusts but also Living Wills, Powers of Attorney and estate planning in conjunction with your accounting, tax or estate planning professional.

In Iowa if a person has a Will or if they do not have a Will then upon their passing their entire estate by law goes into a formal "Probate" proceeding before the Iowa District Court where that person resided. This probate process can be complex, expensive, time consuming and public in most instances requiring the Executor and Beneficiaries of the estate to hire an attorney and pay that attorney statutory probate fees as required by law in order to comply with probate legal requirements. In most cases these process can be avoided and estate funds saved by setting up a Trust during the person's lifetime.

More specifically, in order to avoid this probate process and reduce costs to the estate it is highly recommended that a simple Trust be set up during the person's lifetime that has the impact of avoiding the costs and pitfalls of the probate requirements and gives the person creating the Trust and his or her loved one's the security that estate matters have been carefully attended to.

This law office provides an estate planning service that includes general planning sessions, education about the estate process and the creation of a person's Will, Trust, Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney with individual fees starting at $750 and increasing proportionality based on certain variables including the financial size and complexity of one's estate. After an initial consultation a set fee will be quoted to provide these legal services.

One question that comes up frequently is the issue of the Trust being revocable or irrevocable. The Trust is created so it is Revocable during the Trustor's lifetime allowing for changes to be made by following certain legal protocols and then upon the Trustor's passing it becomes Irrevocable.

Litigation

Litigation can take place in a variety of court settings and may best be described as a contest in a court of justice for the purpose of enforcing a right. It is sometimes called a judicial contest, a judicial controversy or a suit at law. This law office along with the assistance of specialized litigation associates as the specific case may require provides civil litigation services. We do not provide criminal legal services at this time.

Contracts

Contracts can best be described as a promissory agreement between two or more persons that creates, modifies or destroys a legal relationship. It is further described as an agreement, upon sufficient compensation, to do or not do a particular thing. Where significant funds, obligations and responsibilities are involved the safest advice is to have the agreement reviewed by your attorney before you sign it to make sure your rights are being protected and that you clearly understand the obligations you are entering into.

Corporate Law

Corporate law is meant here to include corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and sole proprietorships.

Business Law

Business law takes into account a wide range of legal issues that apply to businesses of all sizes and includes business startups. This office continues to offer business law consulting services including but not limited to:
Business Plans and Executive Summaries
Capital Formation
Start Ups
Strategic, Operational and Tactical Planning
Creditor Relations
Investor Relations
Negotiations and "work outs"
Trouble Shooting and Problem Solving

Personal Injury

If you have been seriously injured by another person for example in a car accident or injured at someone's place of business your legal rights may have been violated and you may have an actionable wrong that can be pursued by your attorney. Each situation is unique and needs to be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Attorney David E. Sykes and his wife Marcia