Construction disputes can be complicated. There are often disputes between the parties about the quality of work and the amount that is due. Many contractors rely on mechanics’ liens as leverage to try to get their final payment. A case from the Iowa Court of Appeals suggests that contractors need to get their facts straight before they try to enforce a mechanics’ lien. Olmstead Construction, Inc. v. Otter Creek Investments, LLC began as so many…
Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen has been ranked in the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 26 practice areas.   This list recognizes firms who exhibit professional excellence with impressive ratings from their clients and peers. Ranked firms are presented in tiers on a national and/or metropolitan scale.  Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen received the following rankings in the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”: Metropolitan Tier 1 Des Moines Banking…
Dickinson Law is pleased to announce that Andrea Rastelli has joined the firm. Andrea is a recent Juris Doctor graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and holds a B.A. in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Her legal training includes serving as an intern at John Deere Financial and Comcast Corporate, and as an extern at ACT where collectively she gained experience on issues such as…
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…
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…
E-Verify is on the lips of employers and legislators across the country. However, E-Verify is not the magical solution many people believe it to be. It’s best to start with what E-verify does not do for an employer. E-Verify does not verify employment eligibility for the employer. E-Verify does not remove the responsibility of the employer to complete an I-9 Form in accordance with federal regulations. An I-9 Form must be completed for every employee…
E-Verify is on the lips of employers and legislators across the country. However, E-Verify is not the magical solution many people believe it to be. It’s best to start with what E-verify does not do for an employer. E-Verify does not verify employment eligibility for the employer. E-Verify does not remove the responsibility of the employer to complete an I-9 Form in accordance with federal regulations. An I-9 Form must be completed for every employee…
On December 14, 2018, the Iowa Supreme Court, in Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC v. Iowa Department of Revenue,  found that there is at least one additional category of taxable services—installation—to consider.  This ruling deviates from the position historically taken by many throughout the State of Iowa that if a service is not a taxable repair, it falls into the non-taxable category of new construction. The Iowa Supreme Court made it clear that taxable repair…
On December 14, 2018, the Iowa Supreme Court, in Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC v. Iowa Department of Revenue,  found that there is at least one additional category of taxable services—installation—to consider.  This ruling deviates from the position historically taken by many throughout the State of Iowa that if a service is not a taxable repair, it falls into the non-taxable category of new construction. The Iowa Supreme Court made it clear that taxable repair…
Commercial Real Estate Loan Documentation Best Practices PART 1:  Commitment Letter Following credit approval, the formal real estate lending process typically starts with a commitment letter which seeks to establish the primary specific terms and conditions of the proposed financing. It is an opportunity for the parties to ensure that they are in basic agreement with the loan amount, repayment terms, interest rate, collateral, guaranty requirements, and fundamental representations and covenants. The commitment letter fleshes…