Clarification Provided on Remote Notarizations

By: Karen Karr | 03.25.2020

  On March 24, 2020, the Iowa Secretary of State issued guidance for remote notarizations. It clarifies that remote notarization must comply with Section 6 of Senate File 475 and Iowa Administrative Code 721-43, Iowa Code chapter 9B, as summarized in our previous post, Remote Notary Now an Option. Per the Iowa Secretary of State’s Read…

Remote Notary Now an Option

By: Karen Karr | 03.23.2020

  Iowa law requires a notary officer to acknowledge real estate documents that will be recorded, including deeds and mortgages. For years, the acknowledgement required the party signing the document to personally appear before a notary officer. Personal appearance did not include appearances that require video, optical, or similar technology. However, in 2019, the State Read…

Hold that Cash . . . for a Few More Weeks! Property Tax Payments Suspended Until April 16, 2020

By: Katheryn Thorson |

  As we have seen over the last couple of weeks, the government has continued to relax a number of restrictions and regulations in order to provide relief during the COVID-19 outbreak. Governor Reynolds signed another State Public Health Emergency Declaration on Friday, March 20, 2022. Among other items, the declaration suspends the collection of Read…

Effects of COVID-19 on 1031 Exchange Deadlines

By: Katherine McKain | 03.20.2020

  Following President Trump’s emergency declaration on March 13, 2020, with respect to the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Treasury Department (the “Treasury Department”) and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued guidance on special payment relief to individuals and businesses. However, as of the date of this post, no extensions or other relief apply to 1031 exchanges. Read…

Evictions Postponed due to Impacts of COVID-19

By: Jennifer Lindberg |

  In light of the economic impacts of COVID-19, federal and state authorities are taking steps to suspend evictions and foreclosure actions. Evictions Governor Reynolds suspended the regulatory provisions governing evictions under the Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, the Manufactured Home Communities or Mobile Home Parks Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Therefore, March Read…

Quick Ways to Help Protect Your Construction Project Against Delays and Damages due to the Coronavirus

By: Brian Rickert | 03.19.2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is dominating the news right now. Its true impact is yet to be determined. In the construction industry, we know how things that are out of our control can impact a project’s cost or schedule. These include a government shutdown, reduction in supply of workers or available supplies, delayed delivery of supplies, or many other items. With Read…