AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Clemens, Walters, Conlon & Meyer, L.L.P. (CWCM) can assist in a number of areas of the law including general practice.

 

REAL ESTATE      

Whether you are refinancing, selling property, buying property, leasing property, developing property, planning new construction or planning an addition to your home, CWCM will help resolve your real estate issues. We represent sellers, buyers and lenders. Among the services we can assist with are purchase agreements, deed preparation, real estate closings, construction contracts, zoning issues, refinancing and title opinions.  CWCM is further able to assist land developers in preparation of restrictive covenants, party wall agreements, easements, water rights agreements, and all other legal needs in developing a new property, townhouse, condominium or subdivision.

 

ESTATE PLANNING | PROBATE

Estate planning is your opportunity to determine who will be able to make financial decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to do so, who will be able to make health care decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to do so, and who is to receive your assets and debts upon your death.  Further, estate planning gives you the opportunity to identify those individuals who will have the responsibility of raising your children and overseeing their financial affairs in the event of your death. 

 

Probate is the process by which a person's assets are distributed and debts are paid upon his or her death. This may involve use of the court system as well as non-probate transfers of the decedent’s assets. 

By advance estate planning, use of the court system can often be avoided.  CWCM can assist with your estate planning and is further available to assist your family in the probate process after your death.

 

FAMILY LAW

Family court and divorce proceedings are among the most stressful experiences in which a person can become involved. CWCM can assist clients in all aspects of the law relating to the needs of today's families, including, but not limited to, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, adoption, and paternity disputes.

 

LITIGATION

If you find yourself the subject of a lawsuit, CWCM can represent your interests. If you feel you’ve been wronged by an individual or company, we can meet with you to discuss your situation. We will try to give you an accurate assessment so as not to create false expectations. If we do take your case we will aggressively pursue all potential defenses to protect your rights.

 

CRIMINAL LAW

If you or a family member has been charged with a crime, CWCM can protect your rights and ensure you have proper representation in court. Criminal charges with which we can assist you include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following charges: operating while intoxicated, driving under suspension, driving without a license, possession of alcohol, public intoxication, underage possession, miscellaneous traffic offenses, domestic assault, assault, burglary, as well as other felony and white collar crimes.

 

PERSONAL INJURY

If you or someone in your family has suffered an injury because of the carelessness of another, you have the right to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit to recover your damages.  CWCM handles many types of personal injury lawsuits, including, but not limited to: truck, car and motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, workplace or on-the-job injuries, uncooperative insurance companies, faulty product, and head and back injuries.

 

Many people ask themselves if it is worth filing a personal injury claim.  First, it is important to remember that in Iowa the injured party has only 2 years to file a claim (lawsuit) against the party that caused the injury.  In the State of Iowa, the party that caused your injury could be liable for: all of your medical bills, including future medical expenses; lost wages, including time you were unable to work and time off for medical appointments; loss of your future earnings because you are  no longer able to work in your profession; any permanent disability, paralysis or disfigurement; damage to your property such as a car or boat; emotional difficulties such as depression or anxiety or loss of personal relationships; reimbursement of expenses for in-home care and housekeeping due to your disability; and any other expenses incurred as a direct result of your injury.

 

Personal injuries can occur at any place and at any time.  If someone else’s carelessness caused your injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills as well as pain and suffering.  CWCM can evaluate your case and provide you with representation. 

 

WORKERS COMPENSATION
CWCM attorneys represent employees who have suffered on-the-job injuries. CWCM attorneys will strive to ensure that your rights as an employee are being protected, including your right to medical treatment for your injury and compensation for that injury. We guide employees through the legal process, assisting in preparing and filing claims with the appropriate agency, and help prosecute that claim to a fair resolution.

 

MALPRACTICE

Medical Malpractice occurs when a medical provider fails to properly treat a medical condition and the negligent act or omission is the cause of additional or aggravated injury to the patient. The medical provider cannot be responsible for the original underlying medical problem.

 

Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect a patient’s rights to seek compensation if they are injured due to negligence. Medical malpractice cases are, by their very nature, complex, expensive to pursue and have a high risk of no recovery. If you believe you have a medical malpractice claim, it is essential to seek advice from our experienced medical malpractice attorney who may assist in determining the validity of your claim and the details that need to be proven to see if it is worth pursuing.

 

BUSINESS LAW

One of the first decisions for someone starting a business is what kind of entity will own and operate the business (e.g., a sole proprietorship, a subchapter S corporation, a subchapter C corporation, a limited liability company, a partnership, a limited liability partnership, or one of the other forms of association available under Iowa law).  CWCM can help you with making that initial decision.  Further, CWCM can assist you with the preparation, review and execution of: purchase agreements for your business supplies; lease agreements for your business space; employment agreements for your employee relations; personnel review documentation; collection of accounts receivable; and all other legal aspects of your business.  Further, CWCM has litigation attorneys available to handle any disputes which arise out of or in relation to the operation of your business. 

 

MEDIATION

Mediation is an opportunity for parties to express their concerns, to better understand one another’s perspectives, and to work towards a mutually acceptable settlement of disputed issues.  Mediators are individuals trained to facilitate the discussion between parties.  Mediation is an excellent option for parties seeking an alternative to litigation and the court system.  Issues mediated may include a variety of matters, including, but not limited to, custody, child support, spousal support, division of property, division of debt, real estate disputes, contractual disputes, personal injury claims, estate litigation, etc.