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How Can I Change a Child Custody or Visitation Order?

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, more than 7,000 divorces per year involve children under the age of 18. When divorcing spouses share children, custody is often the most contentious issue of the divorce. When the spouses cannot come to an agreement, the court determines custodial arrangements via a custody order. The court-ordered […]

Beware of Bad Faith When it Comes to Your Insurance Claim

When you buy an insurance policy, you may be under the assumption that you’ll be  safe-guarded when times get tough. However, insurance companies often attempt to avoid paying out valid claims. If an insurance company denies your valid claim, you should contact a bad faith claims lawyer in Des Moines. According to the National Association […]

Mother Nature Can Wreak Havoc on Your Iowa Property

With little or no warning, nature can produce destructive weather conditions that become nightmares for property owners. Unfortunately, the state of Iowa is especially prone to hazardous weather conditions. According to the National Weather Service, hazardous weather caused more than $21 million in property damages across the state in 2012. This includes flooding, toxic mold, […]

How Can I Spot the Signs of Elder Abuse?

In the United States, elder abuse is an epidemic. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, hundreds of thousands of seniors across the country are subject to abuse, exploitation and neglect. If you have an elderly loved one, it would be in your loved one’s best interests to educate yourself on the […]

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a serious problem across the country. In 2011, more than 3,000 Americans were killed in accidents involving a distracted driver — and another 387,000 Americans sustained injuries due to a distracted driver. Unfortunately, there are many activities both small and large that can lead to driver distraction, e.g. eating, drinking, grooming and […]

Am I Eligible to File for Divorce in Iowa?

Not just anyone can file for divorce in Iowa. To prevent venue shopping, Iowa law provides residency requirements for filing for divorce. A Des Moines divorce lawyer can help you determine whether you are eligible for divorce and, if you are, walk you through the process. Generally, there is a one-year residency requirement for filing […]

When a Truck Tragedy Strikes, Who Might be Liable?

Large trucks pose a serious hazard to anyone else on the road. The average personal vehicle weighs about 4,000 pounds, but a large truck can weigh 80,000 pounds. When the two collide, the results are almost always disastrous for the smaller vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,757 people died in truck-related […]

What Should I Do Just After an Auto Accident?

Unfortunately, Iowa’s roads are not as safe as we’d like to think. In 2012, 365 people died in traffic accidents across the state and thousands sustained crash-related injuries and property damage. A traffic accident can leave a crash victim in pain, out of work and without a vehicle. Because the moments after a crash are […]


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