Wills And Trusts

Allow You To Call The Shots

You probably have specific wishes about how you want your assets distributed when you die and, more importantly, who you would like to be the legal guardian of your minor children if you and their other parent died suddenly. However, if you don't put these instructions into a will, they are just that — wishes — with no legal means to enforce them. Without a will, the Iowa laws of intestacy take effect and your assets will be distributed pursuant to Iowa statutes.

At the Janssen Law, PLC in Des Moines, we draft wills and use other estate planning tools when necessary to ensure that your decisions regarding distribution of your assets and the guardianship of minor children are clear and enforceable. Attorney Dallas J. Janssen creates wills and comprehensive estate plans for high-asset individuals with complex holdings, as well as for clients who can accomplish their goals with a basic will and power of attorney documents.

Our clients rely on us to assist them in establishing a plan to manage their property, their health care and their decision-making authority as their lives change and their priorities evolve. We care about our clients' goals and legal needs.

We help clients understand their options in estate planning and give them a clear picture of their situation. Attorney Janssen drafts estate planning documents, including the following:

  • Wills
  • Financial powers of attorney
  • Irrevocable trusts
  • Revocable trusts
  • Income assignment trusts (Miller Trusts)
  • Health care powers of attorney
  • Living wills
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships

We Take The Complexity Out Of Wills And Trusts

A will should reflect your life and the people you care most about. Estate planning documents are filled with legal jargon that can quickly become confusing. Mr. Janssen will walk you through the critical decisions that must be addressed as part of drafting your will and explain what you are accomplishing in terms that are easy to understand.

We specialize in drafting the type of will or trust to meet each client's specific needs. Each person must give careful and deliberate thought as to how he/she wants to distribute his/her assets. The disposition of a person's assets, by a will or by a trust, is unique to each individual. We understand the importance of this issue to you and your family and work with you to accomplish your goals.

If possible, we will assist you in restructuring the ownership of your assets so as to avoid an unnecessary probate administration. We can review your unique situation and draft estate planning documents to help you accomplish your goals. Many of our clients discover they are well-served by establishing trusts, which hold assets and accomplish specific objectives, such as:

  • Avoiding probate administration
  • Avoiding federal and state estate taxes
  • Protecting assets from creditors
  • Preventing life savings from being depleted by assisted living costs
  • Supplementing the care of a special needs child
  • Making charitable contributions from an estate

The Important Step Is Getting Started

The biggest obstacle to completing an estate plan is getting started. Once you initiate the process, you will discover how easy it truly is. We welcome the opportunity to answer your questions regarding establishing powers of attorney or any other estate planning matter. Call 515-421-9068 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation with a lawyer who emphasizes attention and clear communication.