Monthly Archives: March 2017

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Survey: I Want Your Valuable Feedback

I could use your opinions! As a lawyer who strives to maximize charitable giving in Iowa (the mission of Gordon Fischer Law Firm), estate plans are a regular part of my job. But, for most people, estate planning isn’t a normal part of the day-to-day. So, I am doing research on how and why people obtain estate plans and would appreciate… Read more »

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Can my Wife Disinherit Me? The Answer may Surprise You.

In Iowa, Spouses Can’t Disinherit Spouses Can Monica, my wife, disinherit me? In a word, no. Assuming a valid marriage in Iowa, a spouse cannot disinherit a spouse. Even if a spouse wants to do so, even if that’s the spouse’s true intent—nope. What If…? What if in a legal will, the first-to-die spouse includes… Read more »

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Common Estate Planning Excuses and How to Avoid Them

“Santa is having a tough time this year. Last year he deducted eight billion for gifts, and the IRS wants an itemized list.” – Milton Berle Based on every statistic I’ve seen, the majority of Americans don’t want anything to do with estate planning or the perceived headaches that come with it. It’s understandable why… Read more »