Frequently Asked Questions

What is your hourly rate?

Not all work is charged on an hourly basis. Most work is billed on a flat fee, depending on what the work is.  This way you can know exactly what the cost is and make a coordinating financial plan. When work is done on an hourly basis, different rates apply depending on who is working in the file. There is a different hourly rate for each attorney and the legal support staff.  Efforts are always made to conduct work in the most efficient manner, while preserving the quality of the work. Written fee agreements are always used, so you will know, up front, what your legal work will cost.

How do I set up an appointment?

Call our office and speak with the office administrator to set up an appointment. At this time, appointments cannot be set by email —  (515) 986-2810.

Can I get an appointment outside of your business hours?

Yes. Evening and weekend appointments can sometimes be arranged.

Do your attorneys travel for appointments?

Yes. Since we practice in the area of elder law, some of our clients are unable to come to our offices. If you need an attorney to visit you at your residence, please call our office to see whether or not that can be arranged.

What free services do you offer?

We are proud of our commitment to make legal services accessible to the average person. In furtherance of our mission, we will prepare a health care power of attorney and living will for any person who requests it, without charge or obligation. Additionally, in most cases, the initial consultation is without charge. There are several workshops scheduled throughout the year.  Please see the events calendar to find a next Health Care Power of Attorney workshop that fits your schedule.

Does your law firm participate in local speaking opportunities?

Yes. Both Cynthia Letsch and Zachary Engstrom have extensive experience speaking on a variety of topics.  Please call the community outreach coordinator to make arrangements.

Do I need a Last Will and Testament or a Trust?

It depends on your situation.  If you intend to leave your assets to real live adults (as opposed to a trust or charity) then we usually recommend avoiding probate. So, if you have a probate trigger (see the section on Probate) then you may want a revocable living trust, instead. If you have a young family and plan to leave everything to your spouse if s/he survives you, or else to a trust you have set up for your children, them maybe a Last Will and Testament is a proper planning tool.  We will not be able to know for sure until we know more about your situation.