Monthly Archives: May 2015

Hall and Kuehner Obtain Jury Verdict in Favor of Local Business

May 26, 2015

Andrew D. Hall and Michael C. Kuehner recently defended a local business against claims made by a customer who injured himself at Des Moines-area car wash.  The plaintiff alleged that the car wash engaged in negligent cleaning and inspection practices.  As a result, he claimed he fell and was injured.  During a three-day trial in Polk County, […]

Zenor and Moser Stamp Out Illegal Claim for Fire Insurance Proceeds

May 22, 2015

On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, a fire occurred at Budd-Z’s, a bowling alley and bar in Sheldon, Iowa. The bowling alley’s owner, Kristina Manasil, sought insurance proceeds of nearly $1,400,000.  Budd-Z’s insurance carrier retained Grefe & Sidney to assist in its investigation of the fire claim and provide a recommendation as to whether coverage existed […]

In Support of Mediation

May 14, 2015

Grefe Sidney, as a natural extension of its litigation practice, offers mediation and arbitration by an unbiased neutral as a part of its legal services to clients.  Grefe Sidney litigators often are called upon to represent our clients in Mediation/Arbitration as advocates.  We also offer the services of two of our members to serve as […]

Saving for College While Maximizing Your Tax Benefits

With the cost of education only going up, many parents start saving for their children’s education long before their children will be attending college.  Fortunately, there are tax-favored options that let you save in taxes while saving for college.  529 Accounts.  Payouts from a 529 account used for eligible postsecondary education expenses are tax free.  […]

Property Line Disputes

It is a common occurrence – it is likely that either you or you someone you know has had a boundary line dispute with an adjacent neighbor. When a boundary dispute arises between neighboring property owners, the legal principle of “adverse possession” is often tossed around.  Adverse possession is a legal doctrine whereby ownership of […]

When Should I Update My Estate Plan?

A lot of time and thought is put into your estate plan to limit costs and provide for a smooth transition for your family upon your death.  However, while your estate plan may have been effective in accomplishing these goals when it was made, it could now be out of date.  It is very important […]

Zenor and Brown Obtain Summary Judgment in Favor of Iowa Business

Adam Zenor and Holli Brown successfully defended a farm implement dealer against a claim of negligent misrepresentation.  The plaintiff sued the farm implement dealer after the combine plaintiff purchased caught fire.  Zenor and Brown moved nearly immediately for summary judgment, asserting Iowa law does not recognize the claim of negligent misrepresentation in some contexts and […]