Probate & Estate Planning

Archer Partner Anthony R. La Ratta was recently appointed Chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and Corporate Fiduciaries Committee of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section. His term will begin September 1. As Chair, Mr. La Ratta has overall leadership responsibility for the Committee, which focuses on the bar’s interaction with corporate fiduciaries. Composed of representatives of the American Bar Association and representatives of the trust division of the…
Archer attorney, Melissa Osorio Dibble, a member of the firm’s Estate and Trust Litigation Group, was reappointed Vice-Chair of the Probate & Fiduciary Litigation Committee of the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section. Her new term will begin September 1. As Vice-Chair, Ms. Dibble is a member of the leadership team who will review and study recent developments related to estate and trust law, including,…
Archer Partner Steven K. Mignogna was recently appointed a Member of the following administrative committees within the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, effective September 1: Continuing Legal Education – The Continuing Legal Education Committee plans programs for the Section’s national meetings. Groups and Substantive Committees – The Committee on Groups and Substantive Committees facilitates the operation of the Section’s Groups and Committees. National Conference of Lawyers and Corporate Fiduciaries…
Oftentimes, when people are considering whether to file a lawsuit, they must consider what the possible financial compensation could be if they are successful. Winning a judgment and collecting on a judgment are two entirely different things. One can prevail in a lawsuit and wait years to see only a fraction of the judgment amount if they see anything at all. This scenario may make some people think twice about whether to pursue a matter…
Dickinson Law is pleased to announce that 19 of the firms’ attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  Attorney F. Richard Lyford was also recognized by Best Lawyers® as the Litigation – Real Estate  “Lawyer of the Year” in Des Moines. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is the oldest and…
Most families undoubtedly have a loved one who is aging that needs care and other extra attention. There are a variety of issues that arise as one ages that include financial, care and other estate-related decisions. These fall under the broad rubric of elder law. Stated broadly, elder law involves any legal issues that affect a senior.  These issues can be those that directly impact the senior or their family. Below, we will explain…