BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® List

By: BrownWinick | 08.19.2021

BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 21 lawyers have been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. BrownWinick would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to the 2022 The Best Read…

Iowa Water Quality Lawsuit Dismissed by Supreme Court

By: Jordan Nickerson | 06.30.2021

  A lawsuit brought against the State of Iowa alleging that the State – and various departments and officials – has failed to sufficiently protect the public’s use of the Raccoon River was ultimately halted by a divided Iowa Supreme Court earlier this month. The lawsuit, initially brought forth by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Read…

Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program

By: Kelli Orton | 08.12.2020

  In an effort to reduce the number of evictions and foreclosures in the State of Iowa due to the pandemic, Governor Reynolds created the COVID-19 Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program. This program provides rental assistance or mortgage assistance for up to four months for a household who has had a reduction in income due Read…

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…