Pearson Bollman Law

Pearson Bollman Law

The attorneys at Pearson Bollman Law practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate, Trust Administration, Litigation and Elder Law, including, but not limited to, Medicaid planning and VA pension planning.

Firm Overview

Many people believe they don't need estate planning (wills and trusts) because they think they don't have an estate. Or they think the value of their estate is not great enough to cause estate taxation, so what's the point?

With all but a few exceptions, everyone has an estate. The young child with a custodial account in his name or the granddaughter who received a lovely piece of jewelry for her 16th birthday, these both have an estate.

Bottom line is if you own something of value that you would like to pass on to someone else upon your death, you have an estate. Whether you know it or not, you also have an estate plan. The state has one for you free of charge (that you may not like) if you do not write your own will.

Broadly speaking, an estate plan (either a will-based estate plan or a trust-based estate plan) encompasses the accumulation, conservation and distribution of an estate. A good estate plan will enhance and maintain the financial security of individuals and their families.

Main Office

Main Office
1415 28th Street
Suite 160
West Des Moines IA 50266

Phone

(515) 727-0986

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free Initial Consultation

Office Information

Office Hours

8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Monday - Friday)

Emergency After Hours

No

Other Offices

Marion Office
309 7th Avenue
Marion

Dubuque Office
1635 Associates Drive
Dubuque

Bettendorf Office
2414 18th Street
Bettendorf

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Pearson Bollman Law is an estate planning law firm in Iowa, with offices in Des Moines, Marion, Bettendorf, Dubuque, and Okoboji. Our clients engage us when planning for the two most important aspects of their lives: Everything they own and everyone they love.

Matthew Bollman

Pearson Bollman Law

Matt grew up in Northeast Iowa. Upon graduating from the University of Denver College of Law in 2000, he moved to Seattle, Washington and then to Phoenix, Arizona. Matt and his family moved back to Iowa in 2008 to return to the family environment Iowa provides.

Matt's practice focuses on estate planning, probate/trust administration and elder law. He often lectures to the public and to professional groups on topics such as "The Top Ten Estate Planning Mistakes"; "What is Probate? How to Avoid"; "Asset Protection Planning for Iowa Retirees"; "Legal Issues Affecting Iowa Seniors"; and "Understanding VA Pension Benefits". Matt is a VA-accredited attorney practicing out of the West Des Moines and Okoboji offices of Pearson Bollman Law.

Education
Matt graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Economics in 1995. He then attended the University of Denver College of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2000.

Professional Affiliations
WealthCounsel; ElderCounsel; National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA); Iowa State Bar Association; VA Accredited Attorney; Elder Law Answers.

Education

University of Denver College of Law
Juris Doctor, 2000

University of Northern Iowa
Degree in Economics, 1995

Chad Eichorn

Pearson Bollman Law

Chad grew up in Ames, Iowa. Prior to his career as an attorney, Chad was a minister for 10 years in local churches and denominational administration. Chad lives in West Des Moines with his wife, Sarah, and two boys, Walker and Max. Chad's practice focuses on elder law, estate planning, and non-profit/charitable organizations. He is a licensed mediator for both family law and elder law matters. He has provided quality representation to a spectrum of clients including individuals, families, charities, municipalities and professional sports teams. Along with his work as an attorney, Chad routinely speaks at churches and other charitable organizations across the country on topics ranging from legal developments that impact charities to options for charitable planned giving. He practices out of the West Des Moines office of Pearson Bollman Law.

Education
Chad graduated from Southern Nazarene University in 2003 with a degree in Philosophy & Theology, Nazarene Theological Seminary in 2007 with a Masters of Divinity, and Drake University Law School in 2013 with a Juris Doctor.

Professional Affiliations
Iowa State Bar Association; National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA); WealthCounsel; ElderCounsel; VA Accredited Attorney; International Academy of Dispute Resolution; and the Iowa State Supreme Court Family Law Taskforce.

William Schwickerath

Pearson Bollman Law

William was born and raised in Northeast Iowa in the town of New Hampton. He has followed both his father's and his brother's lead, receiving a degree in both accounting and law. While in law school he participated in many groups and was fortunate enough to be the Treasurer of the Student Bar Association and the Managing Editor of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

William practices out of the Marion office of Pearson Bollman Law. His practice focuses on estate planning, elder law, probate/trust administration, and taxation.

Education
William graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Accounting in 2014. He then attended Drake University Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2017.

Professional Affiliations
WealthCounsel; ElderCounsel; National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA); Iowa State Bar Association; VA Accredited Attorney; Elder Law Answers.

Michelle Marcove Weiser

Pearson Bollman Law

Michelle grew up in Denver, Colorado. Not long after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder she moved to New York City where she worked at a hedge fund before attending law school. Her law career has taken her to NYC, Denver and Chicago, but as of 2018 she now calls Iowa home. Michelle enjoys the family-centric lifestyle Iowa provides, and appreciates its atmosphere of kindness. She is also enjoying the wonderful biking Iowa provides. In her free time, Michelle likes to practice yoga, cook (mostly organic) and run.

Michelle's background is in corporate and international taxation and her current practice focuses on estate planning, probate/trust administration and elder law. She practices out of the Bettendorf office of Pearson Bollman Law and is licensed in Iowa and New York.

Education
Michelle graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Sociology and Women's Studies in 2004. She attended the Washington University School of Law, where she was a member, and served on the executive board, of the Washington University Law Review, and received her Juris Doctor in 2010.

Professional Affiliations
WealthCounsel; ElderCounsel; National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA); Iowa State Bar Association; VA Accredited Attorney; Elder Law Answers.

Thad Murphy

Pearson Bollman Law

A northeast Iowa native, Thad grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of West Union, Iowa. After graduating from the University of Iowa College of law, he practiced for three years in Davenport, Iowa and has practiced since 2003 in Dubuque, Iowa. He has also maintained an office in Davenport since 2007. Practicing out of the Pioneer Law branch in Dubuque, Thad focuses on estate planning, elder law, Social Security disability and veterans disability. When not spending time with his wife and two daughters, Thad enjoys speaking with other attorneys and professional groups. In the past Thad has given his time as a lecturer teaching continuing education to other Iowa attorneys.

Education
Thad received a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College in 1996 with a degree in History. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law, graduating with distinction in 2000.

Professional Affiliations
Thad is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR); the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA); WealthCounsel; ElderCounsel; the Iowa State Bar Association; the Dubuque County Bar Association; the American Association for Justice (AAJ); and a VA Accredited Attorney. Thad is admitted to the Iowa Bar, the Illinois Bar, the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa Federal Court, the Central District of Illinois Federal Court, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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