Suitable Work

Do you have a current Workers’ Compensation claim and your employer has offered you work that may not be “suitable work” for your injury? Turning down this work may disqualify you from receiving benefits, however you may be able to still receive benefits if this work is determined to not be “suitable.” In Neal v. Annett Holdings, Inc., the Iowa Supreme Court determined that offering an employee work that was 387 miles away from his residence was not suitable work. 814 N.W.2d 512 (2012). The court noted, “Being away from the support of your wife and family, especially while recovering from a serious work injury, is not an insignificant matter.” Id. At 525. If you have any questions about this or any other Workers’ Compensation issue, please contact Bob or Ashley at 515-987-4578.

Pet Planning

When creating a will, many lawyers ask who you want to take care of your minor children if you should pass away before they are grown. Recently, there has been a concern of what happens to a person’s pet after they die. There are several options to make sure your pets are well taken care of after you pass including putting provisions in your will, setting up a trust with the pet as a beneficiary, or even putting a provision in your power of attorney documents that someone take care of your pets. Contact Jim to discuss these options or any other estate planning concerns you may have at 515-987-4578.