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Admitted:1979, Iowa, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa and U.S. Supreme Court

Law School:University of Iowa, J.D.

Member:Iowa State (Member: Iowa State Title Standards Committee, 1980-1989; Chairman, Real Property Committee, 1990-1991; Council, Real Estate and Title Law Section, 1992-1993;  Chair, Legal Forms Committee, 2008) and American (Member, Sections on: Real Property, Probate and Trust, 1999-2001; Legal Forms Committee, 1994—) Bar Associations; Title Guaranty Division, Iowa Finance Authority; Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association; Iowa Trust Association. Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

General Practice including but not limited to Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, probate, real estate, Elder Law, Business Law and Taxation


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  1. Probate: 20%
    37 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Elder Law: 20%
    37 years, 2 thousand cases
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    37 years, 4 thousand cases
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
    37 years, 4 thousand cases
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



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Contact Info

211 1st Ave W
Newton, IA, 50208


IAAuthorized to practice law197909/20/2015

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
FellowAmerican College of Trust and Estate Counsel2015
Outstanding Committee Chair AwardIowa State Bar Association2010
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyCaldwell & Brierly, PLLC1979 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Iowa Academy of Trust and Estate Counselmember2013 - Present
Iowa State Bar Association, Probate, Property and Trust Law SectionChair2011 - Present
Iowa State Bar Association, Legal Forms CommitteeChair2008 - 2010
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionN/A2000 - Present
Iowa Municipal Attorneys AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Iowa State Bar Association, Real Estate and Title Law SectionChair1990 - 1991
Publication NameTitleDate
Law BlogElderly Parent wants to deed house over to Adult Children2011
Law BlogWill a Living Will Keep Me off a Machine?2011
Law BlogElderly Parent in Iowa Who Needs but Does Not Want Help2011
Law BlogAncillary Estate Administration in Iowa2011
Law BlogIowa Real Estate Transfers2011
Drake Law ReviewThe New Iowa Land Title Standards co-author1985
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Central CollegePhilosophy & FrenchBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Annual MeetingMiller Trusts2015
Annual meetingMiller Trusts2014
Estate Planning Basics in IowaConsiderations in Planning for Incapacity2006
A Practical Guide to Estate Administration in IowaClosing the Estate, Ethical Obligations & Understanding Tax Procedures2005