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Vinton Estate Planning Attorneys

Safeguarding Your Future in Benton County

Planning for your future is an important part of life. You have likely worked hard and for a long time to earn the assets and property you possess. Should the unfortunate yet inevitable occur, it is essential that these belongings are managed by the right people.

When engaging in estate planning and probate matters, it is important to select an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to help you make the right decisions. At Mossman Law Firm, we have over 100 years of experience practicing law, and we will make sure your assets are being properly protected under your estate plan. Let us help you safeguard your future today through a will, trust, or other tools.

Contact Mossman Law Firm for an initial consultation to get started.

Our Estate Planning Services

Our estate planning lawyers offer a range of services in the field, including:

  • Wills
  • Living trusts
  • Power of attorney for finances
  • Power of attorney for healthcare
  • Living wills
  • Family limited partnerships
  • Corporations
  • Limited liability companies
  • Special needs trusts
  • Premarital planning
  • Land trusts
  • Legal issues related to IRAs, 401(k)s and pensions
  • Guardianships
  • Wealth preservation for large estates
  • Estate tax
  • Income tax
  • Business/Farm Succession Planning

An experienced estate planning attorney can better help you understand the estate planning tools at your disposal, including drafting a will and a revocable trust that meets your needs and interests. We can make sure the legal language appropriately protects your assets and plans accordingly for your future. 

Established in Vinton more than 100 years ago, Mossman Law Firm features four generations of attorneys who continue to dedicate themselves to their clients and their needs. As longstanding members of this community, we understand the importance of personal relationships and clear communication.

Regardless of how prepared you may or may not be, we will walk you through the steps of estate planning, probate, wills, and trusts. We are skilled at taking inventory of your liabilities and navigating asset protection. We are dedicated to preparing you and your loved ones for a prosperous future. If you are working through a contested estate, our lawyers will advocate for you effectively and diligently.

Wills and Trusts in Iowa

A will is one of the most important estate planning documents you can create. Wills help protect your property and family-related matters, including establishing terms for who will receive your property, who will manage the property you’ve left to minor children, and a personal guardian to look after any minor children. It’s important to make a will because otherwise your property will be distributed according to state intestacy laws, which simply distributes your assets to your closest relatives.

Anyone 18 years or older and of sound mind may make a will. It is important to name an executor in your will, who will ensure that all the terms of the will are carried out accordingly.

In addition to a will, you may also find it beneficial to create a trust. A trust essentially gives another party, the trustee, the right to hold certain assets or property for the benefit of a third party, the beneficiaries. Generally, trusts are established to provide legal protection for the trustor’s assets and their distribution, as well as to save time, reduce paperwork, and even avoid probate court (wills must go through probate, while trusts do not).

There are different types of trusts, including:

  • Living trust – a written document created while you are alive that transfers assets to their beneficiaries once the trustor dies
  • Testamentary trust – specifies how the trustor’s assets will be designated after they die
  • Revocable trust – a trust that can be changed or terminated by the trustor while they are alive
  • Irrevocable trust – a trust that cannot be changed once it has been established
  • Funded or unfunded trust – a trust that has assets put into the trust during the trustor’s lifetime or that only has the trust agreement and will be funded upon their death

Schedule an initial consultation with Mossman Law Firm to get started on your estate plan today.

The Origins of Mossman Law Firm
The Mossman Law Firm dates back to the 1800s, beginning with the practice of Judge G. M. Gilchrist, Senator W. P. Whipple and Judge E. F. Brown.
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John Mossman Partner

In 2002, John became the fourth-generation lawyer with the firm joining his father, Mark, and grandfather, Keith, in the practice of law. John practices primarily in criminal defense, civil litigation, real estate and probate. He serves on several community boards, is married and is a very proud father of three daughters.

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