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Addressing Burnout in the Workplace

Workplace burnout has become a significant concern in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the working world’s expectations on how to prevent and address workplace burnout. The flexibility of working from home and employees reassessing their idea of a work-life balance has left employers that are unwilling to adapt, in the dust. The... Read More

Estate Planning With Pets

Who will care for your pet after you die? Can you appoint a guardian for your pet? Who will pay for your pet’s care?  If you have a pet, these are questions you may have thought about. Fortunately, you can develop a plan for your pets in your estate plan.  In Iowa, pets are treated as property under the law. This means that you cannot leave money... Read More

BrownWinick Attorneys & Staff Participate in Annual Firm Volunteer Day

BrownWinick attorneys and staff recently participated in the firm’s annual volunteer day to support several Des Moines non-profit organizations. Groups ranging from eight to 20 people volunteered at six different locations across the metro including the Animal Rescue League; Ashcraft Library Project; Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa; Food Bank... Read More

Understanding Hemp/CBD In Iowa

What is Hemp; What is CBD?   Hemp is a type of Cannabis Sativa plant, while CBD is a naturally occurring chemical found within the plant itself. CBD (cannabidiol) is usually produced using the hemp plant, rather than the marijuana plant, which is another type of Cannabis Sativa. Hemp plants contain more CBD and less THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the... Read More

Iowa's New & Improved Retail Alcohol Licenses: What Changes to Expect

Iowa recently enacted significant changes to its laws regarding the regulation of retail alcohol sales during the 2022 legislative session by the passing of Senate File 2374. These changes will take effect on January 1, 2023. These changes seek to make the alcohol licensing process more simplified and efficient for manufacturers, retailers, and... Read More

45Q Carbon Sequestration Tax Credit: What It Is & How To Get It

The Carbon Sequestration Tax Credit (commonly referred to as the 45Q Tax Credit) was first added to the tax code in 2008, with subsequent expansions and clarifications in 2018 and 2021. This article will walk you through the basics of what the 45Q tax credit is and how to know if you are eligible to receive it.   What is carbon sequestration?  ... Read More

The EPA's Rule Withdrawal Impact on Environmental Due Diligence

Since our last post, “New ASTM Standard for Commercial Real Estate Phase I Environmental Site Assessments”, the Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”) withdrew its direct final rule to adopt the new ASTM E1527-21 standard for the EPA’s “All Appropriate Inquiry” rules. The “All Appropriate Inquiry” rules provide a framework under which a... Read More

Will v. Trust: What's the Difference and Which One is Right for You?

You have probably heard of wills and trusts in the estate planning context, but what is the difference between the two?   Both a will and a trust are used to distribute your assets upon your death. Both allow you to name beneficiaries to receive your assets and a fiduciary to control the distribution of your assets. However, there are some key... Read More

Estate Planning Considerations with Your Vacation Home

With Memorial Day in the rear-view mirror and the July 4th holiday quickly approaching, many of us are enjoying weekends or longer stays at a family vacation property on the water. The gathering spot may be known as a lake house, beach house, cabin, camp, cottage, lodge, or condo (depending on the location and use). In addition to waterfront... Read More