Willson & Pechacek, PLC was formed in January 1994. However, the attorneys of Willson & Pechacek have cared for clients since 1949. Indeed, the two founding members of Willson & Pechacek have over 100 years of combined practice of law.
The firm opened its doors at its current location in January 1994, with three attorneys and a staff of six people. Today, we have over 20 attorneys and staff. We have expanded our main office and have satellite offices in Treynor, Oakland, Carroll, Harlan, Clarinda, and Onawa, Iowa.
Successful outcomes begin with objective insight, and the full range of experience we bring to every client ensures a thorough understanding of the issues and a realistic vision of our mutual goals. At Willson & Pechacek, PLC, our goal is to provide a clear plan of action for every legal matter. We recognize it may be in your best interest to avoid a lawsuit and we work hard to keep you out of court. We will work with you to keep you informed of changes in the law which may affect your rights. We offer seminars, timely bulletins, an informational Internet web site, and one-on-one counseling to help you reduce potential exposure to lawsuits.
Despite every best effort, however, there are times when lawsuits and aggressive actions become necessary. Our attorneys will stand up for you and pursue success by balancing the need for aggressive representation with the required exercise of good judgment, common sense and objective advice.
Whatever the course of action, our clients can be assured that each case is handled with a results-oriented practical approach. This approach is the product of learning from the past, taking chances, and taking the lead while others simply follow.
Our lawyers practice in many areas of the law and take a team approach to clients' needs. We've learned to work smarter and to keep our clients' costs down. By creating the right balance, we provide our clients with the best of both worlds: a law firm large enough to provide representation in nearly every area of civil law, and a firm small enough to provide the cost effective personal service clients demand.
We've worked hard. We've listened. We've been innovative. We’ve become a respected leader in the legal community. Our position has come with the dedication and insight of a great team of law professionals, who have more than 100 years of combined experience and have built strong relationships with companies and individuals throughout the Midwest. Nationally renowned Martindale Hubbell gives our firm an AV rating which is the highest rating awarded to a law firm.
In addition to Martindale Hubbell's AV rating, all of our firm's partners are rated by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business. Super Lawyers explains its rating system thusly: "Super Lawyers . . . is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys."
Ours is a firm of experienced attorneys committed to providing clients with the highest level of representation and service.
CORPORATE & BUSINESS PLANNING
Willson & Pechacek represents corporations, LLCs, and other business entities in all aspects of planning and operation; the formation of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and joint ventures; and mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations.
Our attorneys stay abreast of current income, payroll, and sales tax legislation and render their expertise in tax law. We represent corporations, businesses, and individuals in the areas of tax planning, tax return preparation, tax litigation, and dealing with federal and state tax authorities. We prepare individual, corporate, partnership, limited liability company, business, farmer, and trust income tax returns, and federal estate tax returns.
Willson & Pechacek represents crop and livestock farmers in all aspects of their daily operation. We represent both crop insurance claimants and crop insurance companies, and we represent clients before the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Civilian Board of Contract Appeals in Washington, D. C.
COMPLEX BUSINESS DISPUTES
Willson & Pechacek has extensive experience in the subject of business disputes, including business dissolutions, asset disputes, liquidations, court supervised business management, and officer/manager disputes.
Willson & Pechacek is proud to represent Iowa taxing authorities across the state in all areas of the property tax process. Our attorneys have represented clients in all areas of the state and successfully litigated cases on all areas of property tax law at the trial court, appeals court, and Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board levels.
BANKING & COMMERCIAL
Willson & Pechacek represents lenders in negotiation and drafting of loan and related agreements; advises banks on regulatory matters; represents creditors in bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings; and handles collections and foreclosures for banks and businesses. We represent debtors in "workout" debt reduction negotiations.
ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE
We provide services in all aspects of estate planning, probate, estate and trust administration, wills and living trusts, conservatorships, guardianships and premarital agreements. We prepare living wills, health powers of attorney, and property powers of attorney. We assist beneficiaries in receiving their proper inheritance and also assist creditors in filing claims during probate.
Willson & Pechacek handles the purchase, sale, and leasing of residential, commercial, and industrial properties for developers, buyers, sellers, and lenders. We prepare title opinions and review the title insurance commitments.
Accidents & Injuries
Claims of negligence and condition of premises; personal injury and property damage.
Claims for property damage or personal injuries from motor vehicle accidents and additional claims available where the other driver is intoxicated.
Claims for the death of a family member caused by the wrongdoing of another. These claims include intentional and unintentional acts, and seek to recover both the economic and emotional loss caused by the wrongful death.
Willson & Pechacek represents injured workers from a variety of industries and occupations. We help workers obtain fair compensation, including lost wages, medical expenses, disability benefits, and death benefits.
Employment & Labor
Willson & Pechacek represents employees, former employees, and job applicants who have been victims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or wrongful termination based on factors such as gender, race, age, disability, and pregnancy. Our attorneys also assist employees in recovering unpaid wages, overtime pay, unemployment compensation, and workers' compensation benefits. We assist executives, professionals, and businesses in contract dispute cases involving pensions, retirement, non-compete agreements, and severance packages. Our firm also shows businesses how to reduce the risk of employment litigation and how to comply with federal, state, and local laws by reviewing employee handbooks, manuals, and policy statements.