In addition to installing new leaders, the Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting featured multiple tracks of CLEs including two presentations by Breanna Young and Lori Chesser.
Breanna presented “Hot Topics from the Probate Section Listserv” with Joshua Weidemann, O’Connor & Thomas, and Janice Kerkove, Bradley & Riley. As past Chairs of the ISBA Trust, Probate, and Estate Planning Section, Breanna, Josh, and Janice discussed topics that have been frequently in conversation over the last year and how they impact legal practice, including:
- A newly changed statute increasing the amount family members can receive from a deceased person’s assets without the need for probate. The change increased the allowable value of the “probate assets” to $50,000 from the previous $25,000.
- Iowa allows premarital agreements but does not allow postmarital agreements. Breanna discussed a specific method for couples to set up trusts that can achieve a similar goal.
Lori Chesser presented “Immigration from the Employer’s Perspective: Avoiding Jail, Debarment and Other Calamities” highlighting employer compliance and considerations when employing foreign workers. The presentation was mostly focused on the legal issues that can arise for all employers in compliance with the I-9 rules as well as some information specific to employers who sponsor immigrants to fill gaps in their workforce.
Lori also reviewed the impact of the Administration’s increased focus on immigration as evidenced by the uptick in I-9 audits, which is expected to continue. The recent re-issuance of Social Security “no-match” letters raises the stakes in compliance in this area. For the audience of attorneys, Lori offered advice on how they should focus on protecting their employer clients through sound counsel about how to manage these thorny legal and practical concerns.