President invites members to the 2014 Annual Meeting
President Guy Cook has recorded a videotaped invitation to members to attend
the 2014 Annual Meeting to be held June 16-19 at the Community Choice Credit
Union, formerly known as Veterans Memorial Auditorium, in Des Moines.
the message, President Cook highlights the many CLE opportunities, speakers,
social activities and opportunities for camaraderie with fellow attorneys and
judges that will be part of the 141st annual meeting. He also
touches on the 2nd Annual ISBA Tech Show, which brings together in
one place the latest in law office and law practice technology, and is included
in the annual meeting registration fee, or for a nominal fee for those unable
to attend the entire annual meeting.
view the video, visit the ISBA
Members can register for annual meeting here, or for a
complete schedule, download the 2014 Annual Meeting eight-page brochure.
Amended probate forms now available
Justice Cady has signed an order adopting amendments to the probate forms
contained in Chapter 7 of the Iowa Court Rules. The amendments are designed to
bring the forms into compliance with EDMS requirements and to match the updated
formatting of forms in the court rules.
forms are available in fillable and savable format on the Iowa Judicial Branch
website and may be used immediately.
here to read Chief
Justice Cady’s order. The amended forms may be accessed
here (If you experience an issue with either link, visit the iowacourts.gov recent amendments page here).
IRS: Penalty relief pilot for small retirement plans
begins in June
If you represent small businesses, you should
be aware of a one-year pilot program the IRS is initiating next month to help
small businesses that owe penalties for not filing reporting documents on their
retirement plans. By filing current and prior year forms during this pilot
program, they can avoid penalties.
The pilot program is designed for certain
small businesses, such as those with an owner-spouse or eligible partner
arrangement, that maintain retirement plans and may have been unaware that they
had a filing requirement. The IRS projects that this program will bring a
significant number of small business owners into compliance with the reporting
Plan administrators and sponsors who do not
file an annual Form 5500 series return can face stiff penalties – up
to $15,000 per return. Those who have already been assessed a penalty for late
filings are not eligible for this program.
Multiple late retirement plan returns may be
included in a single submission. If a retirement plan has delinquent
returns for more than one plan year, penalty relief may be available for all of
these returns. Similarly, delinquent returns for more than one plan may
be included in a single penalty relief request. No filing fee will be
charged during the pilot program.
information on how to participate in the program can be found in Revenue Procedure 2014-32
Members select Walker, Kenyon as
officers; Brown as ABA State Bar delegate
Walker was elected by the general membership to serve as ISBA President-elect
and Arnold "Skip” Kenyon III was elected to serve as ISBA Vice President for
the coming fiscal year (FY 2014-2015), in the election that closed last Thursday,
May 22. David L. Brown was elected as the American Bar Association State Bar
practices with Phelan Tuker Mullen Walker Tucker & Gelman LLP in Iowa City.
Admitted to the bar in 1972, his practice has consisted primarily of trial work
for clients, both plaintiff and defense.
is a general practitioner with Kenyon & Nielsen, PC in Creston. A
University of Iowa College of Law graduate, he was admitted to the bar in 1977.
works with the Hansen McClintock & Riley law firm in Des Moines. His
practice area is primarily civil law. A Drake University Law School graduate,
he was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1976.
Feller, a sole practitioner in Sibley and the current president-elect
automatically ascends to the ISBA presidency at a formal swearing-in ceremony
on June 18 during the association’s 141st annual meeting.
State DHS seeks volunteers to be
Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) is currently in need of volunteers to
serve as guardians or conservators for wards of the state. Guardians and
conservators make a big difference for some of the community's most needy
individuals, says Megan Dodd, DHS volunteer coordinator.
of the state are typically individuals with mental illness, disabilities or
dementia. Often, family members of the individuals
are not able to serve as guardians or conservators.
work with professionals from DHS and other service agencies to make placement
and treatment decisions for the ward. A guardian may be asked to sign admission
requests for hospitals, complete applications for government assistance and
monitor the ward's treatment and condition.
Conservators help manage a ward’s finances.
and conservators make a brief yearly report to the court. If additional court
involvement is necessary, the county attorney's office can help file the
more information, contact Dodd, at 515-725-2743 or email@example.com.
Reminder: Justice Fore All Golf
Tournament signup deadline is June 19
deadline for signing up yourself or your team for the 2014 Justice Fore All
Golf (Eastern) tournament is Thursday, June 19. The tournament will be held at
the Saddleback Ridge Golf Course on the outskirts of Solon on Thursday, June 26,
with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. and a shotgun start at 1:15 p.m.
Justice Fore All tournament is one of two such tournaments (the other is in
central Iowa on July 24) sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division. The events are
designed to raise money for the ISBA’s Public Service Project to be used for
programming and activity expenses. Donations and player fees are tax deductible
to the extent the amount exceeds the actual costs of participation, which are
estimated at $50 per person.
details about both the central and eastern tournaments, as well as registration information, can be found
on the ISBA calendar page.
The Iowa Lawyer Weekly is an electronic newsletter published
every Wednesday. Please submit comments, letters to the editor, articles, or
photos, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact information should be included with submissions. The ISBA reserves the
right to refuse any submission, but will take all submissions into
consideration for future publication.
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Benefit of the Week
Young Lawyers Division's social event featuring dueling pianos
Call, text, and tweet Sweet Caroline, Bad Bad
Leroy Brown, Jack and Diane, Proud Mary, Eleanor Rigby, and even your friends in low places. Invite them to celebrate good times with
you at the Young Lawyers Division's social event featuring dueling pianos on Tuesday, June 17 from 7 - 10 p.m. The event is free to ISBA members. Simply R.S.V.P. here.
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center's Grand Ballroom will
be the place to be on Tuesday. Come mingle with old friends and make new
ones as you sing and dance the night away to the piano man playing your song. This YLD event is a time for ISBA members to come together and relax after taking care of business during the day at the ISBA's 2014 Annual Meeting.
Iowa Supreme Court Decisions
May 23, 2014
HAWKEYE LAND COMPANY vs. IOWA UTILITIES BOARD
from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Nancy A. Baumgartner, Judge.
Property owner appeals district court judgment affirming decision of Iowa
Utilities Board allowing independent transmission company to use pay-and-go
procedure of Iowa Code section 476.27, the railroad-crossing statute. REVERSED.
VELMA J. HUSSEMANN, By Her Next Friend and
Attorney-In-Fact MARCELLA D. RITTER vs. HERBERT J. HUSSEMANN JR. and ROBERT J.
HUSSEMANN, as Trustees of the HERBERT J. HUSSEMANN INTER VIVOS TRUST AGREEMENT,
dated June 3, 1991
Appeal from the Iowa
District Court for Benton County, Patrick R. Grady, Judge. A surviving spouse
appeals the district court’s order granting judgment on the pleadings to the
trustees of the decedent’s estate and denying her claim of a spousal elective
IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD
vs. JOHN MICHAEL CARTER
from the report of the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa. Attorney appeals from the grievance
commission’s recommendation of revocation. LICENSE