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Melvin O. Shaw

Wills and living wills Attorney at Coralville, IA

4.9   62 reviews

Licensed for 16 years

About Melvin

Learn Melvin’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Wills and living wills
    30%
    Draft simple and complex wills, prepare testamentary trusts for clients with a minor child(ren) and pour over wills. Prepare amendments (codicils) to wills. Advise and prepare living wills (Do Not Resuscitate) provision, and all forms of powers of attorney

    15 years

  2. Real estate
    25%
    Assist first-time and repeat home buyers with bank-financed, and for sale by owner (FSBO) & real estate agent assisted purchases/sales. Handle commercial real estate transactions, conduct closings, prepare deeds and handle other transfers of residential real estate and farm land.

    15 years

  3. Probate
    20%
    Represent small and large estates with transfers of property during probate administration, handle claims and litigation in probate, prepare fiduciary and other tax returns of the decedent. Advise the executor/personal representative. Represent beneficiaries when not serving as attorney for the estate.

    15 years

  4. Estate planning
    15%
    Draft last will and testaments for clients, advise on gifts and other transfers of personal and real property, draft trusts, work with clients' tax specialists, advisors and other professionals.

    15 years

  5. Business
    10%

    15 years

Licensed for 16 years
State IA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 09/15/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  62 customer reviews
Posted by Kari | June 17, 2014
Knowledgeable and professional
Melvin recently helped my husband and I with the sale of our home. He came highly recommended, and was very quick to return my initial phone call. He did an excellent job of answering all of the question we had. As first time sellers, the timeline he provided helped us successfully navigate this process with ease. He was upfront about what we could expect in terms of fees, which we appreciated. In addition to being very friendly and easy to work with, Melvin proved to be very knowledgeable and reliable as well. We would recommend him without reservation, and will seek out his services in the future as needed.
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Posted by Trevor | April 7, 2014
Great Lawyer, very helpful
We have used Mr Shaw for 2 different real estate transactions, and he has been great to work with on both. He also looked over my wife's contract when she graduated and joined a practice. He has always kept us up to date on where we are at in the process, and is very helpful with telling us what we need to do. Would strongly recommend him.
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Posted by Stephen | November 8, 2022
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Law Offices of Melvin O. Shaw
Melvin Shaw and his team were professional, accommodating, cordial and concerned for our interests throughout. Questions were answered thoroughly, and work completed expeditiously. We are more than satisfied, and would recommend his law offices to anyone – without reservation.
Posted by Alan | November 3, 2022
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Estate Planning Made Easy
Mel and Stephanie made this sensitive topic and process so reasonable and easy to navigate. We were able to get paperwork to review before we actually stopped in for signing and Mel is extremely personable so it puts you at ease through the whole process. I would highly recommend Mel and Stephanie!
Posted by Ryan | October 13, 2022
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Family Planning
We were familiar with Melvin prior to using his services and he maintained great professionalism and advice to help with our estate planning. Melvin provided answers to our questions and did a great job explaining the different roles and functions of the various documents he helped us create. All documents and communication was done in a very prompt manner and we enjoyed working with Melvin and found the experience very enjoyable while also incredibly efficient. Can’t say enough about how positive of experience it was for the two of us!
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2022
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Excellent, personalized service
Our experience as clients of Melvin Shaw was extremely positive. He was professional, efficient and personable. He provided really good explanations of the process, to guide us through with good understanding. Highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2022
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Contract and will services
Melvin supported us through a will and contract service with regard to my consultancy agreements. He and his team were very supportive, confident, and professional. I will continue to work with him in the future.
Posted by Dan, Arlene | September 1, 2022
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Great people to work with!
We located Mr. Shaw's information and excellent background on the web and chose him due to some good reviews and the fact that his office is not a large group of lawyers. We were under a time restraint of our own making (bad on us!) but they were willing to help us with short notice. Stephanie was great to work with and arranged things quickly. A Zoom conference was initiated and followed up with the needed paperwork we were requesting. Review of the materials was easy and timely and well done. Mr. Shaw provided very sage advice, explained things clearly, was very thorough, as well as patient. We enjoyed working with them and highly recommend them.
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Posted by Jenny | July 1, 2022
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A wonderful attorney!
I hired Mr. Shaw to help me with my mom’s estate when she passed unexpectedly last year. He is extremely knowledgeable about estate and probate law. During a difficult time for my family, his compassion and counsel were more than I ever expected. I very highly recommend Mr. Shaw!
Posted by Jeremy | June 16, 2022
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Family Will
Melvin Shaw made the process of drafting a will easy and straight forward. He is an approachable lawyer who is willing to answer any questions that may arise during the process. Money well spent, I would highly recommend this law firm.
Posted by Kevin | June 15, 2022
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Everything was well done
Work on my will and related documents was made easy and handled very competently. In addition, Melvin is a very kind and supportive person, which is a real plus when dealing with end-of-life legal matters.
Posted by Mike | April 22, 2022
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Client
I was nervous about doing my will, he put at ease and did a great job for. Extremely happy with what he did for me !!
Posted by Brenda | February 22, 2022
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Meeting for wills
We hired Melvin Shaw to update and write our new wills. The process went very smoothly through the initial meeting to the signing of the wills. We would recommend him for anyone needing a will.
Posted by Mindy | October 13, 2021
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Perfect Person for the Job
The compassion and willingness to spend time with us makes us feel very confident in our choice with Atty. Shaw. We take care of my elderly mother and if something happens to us, Atty Shaw will be dealing with our executor and my mother in helping with the disposition of our estate. Our concern is that she is dealt with delicately and with great care and we truly feel that he will do that. He's a good guy. He's very personable but a perfectionist. Two qualities that are rare to find in one person. We are so happy that we found him!
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Posted by Lyle | October 1, 2021
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Thorough and friendly
My wife and I had been putting off making our wills for quite some time. When her father died earlier this year we decided it was time. I read several good reviews of Melvin online and gave him a call. He was very thorough and took care of our PoA’s as well. He is very friendly and the entire process was very quick.
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2021
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Will
Melvin was very helpful and informative. Highly recommend him. Stephanie was very kind and helpful. They answered all our questions.
Posted by Doug | September 7, 2021
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Reviews for Melvin O Shaw
Mr Shaw was fantastic! Very thorough and answered every question we had, even the off the wall questions. Was certainly a pleasure doing business with him!
Posted by Robin | June 21, 2021
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Wonderful service
I contacted Mr. Shaw for a couple of things. First he helped me after my husband passed away to transfer title deed of my home and file the paperwork necessary for that. He made it very simple and easy for me and it was all done in a very timely manner. Secondly he prepared two POAs for me as well as my will. My consultation was extremely easy and Mr. Shaw showed a lot of sensitivity and care during the consultation as it was following the death of my husband. I could not be happier with the service I received from Mr. Shaw and his assistant.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2021
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Will Services
We hired Mr. Shaw to help us regarding the completion of our wills. Mr. Shaw listened, and was very knowledgeable in addressing our wants and needs. He was very easy to work with and completed everything in a timely manner. He was thorough and always available. We would not hesitate to use him again.
Posted by Travis | May 25, 2021
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Professional & Personable Service
We hired Mr. Shaw to prepare wills and POA's. He was very professional while also being personable. He took all of our questions seriously. Mr. Shaw spent the required time to explain the process and details. He made a point to get to know us so as to better serve us.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Legal Intern
  • U.S. Attorneys Office Cedar Rapids
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Intern
  • University of Iowa Office of the General Counsel
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Writer and Public Relations Practitioner
  • University of Iowa Office of Public Relations
  • 1998 - 2002

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Iowa
  • MA - Masters
  • 1997
  • University of Missouri
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Associations

  • Systems Unlimited, Inc.
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Charter Review Commission, City of Iowa City, Iowa
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • The Housing Fellowship
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member Sections Business, Probate & Real Estate
  • 2006 - Present
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church
  • Steward
  • 2001 - Present
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished Black Alumni Award
  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Probate
  • 2014
  • National Business Institute
  • Probate
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (1)
Probate Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recently had the opportunity to work with Melvin on a case; his insights and knowledge were very valuable. Additionally, he is a very engaging and approachable person. I look forward to working with him again."
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Coralville Wills and living wills Lawyer Melvin O. Shaw
Melvin O. Shaw
Wills and living wills Attorney
Coralville, IA
Licensed for 16 years