This law firm is sincere in taking care of the needs of our clients. We look forward to providing quality legal services for you.
Our law firm had its origin in 1982, and has grown and evolved through mergers with experienced lawyers to its present makeup. The firm today consists of seasoned attorneys, each with different areas of expertise, associate attorneys, and a staff of legal assistants. Our attorneys offer clients over 91 years of collective legal experience and our mission is to provide each client with quality representation of, and personal attention to, their legal issues. We represent clients in the tri-states of Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado.
As the description of our practice areas demonstrates, we provide a broad range of legal services to our clients. A description of practice areas does not substitute for direct dialogue, however, and you are invited to contact us whether or not your particular legal issue is specifically described. We state with confidence that we have the right attorney for you, and the necessary staff to handle your legal matter in a competent and professional manner. In the unlikely event we are unable to represent you, on request, we will assist you with appropriate referral.
1620 Avenue A, P.O. BOX 1557
Scottsbluff NE 69361
Business Organizations & Planning entails two questions: What business organizations are available for consideration? And, what goes into an informed choice among them?
Nebraska entities: Most often included in a discussion about entities allowed by Nebraska Statutes are: Uniform Partnerships. Uniform Limited Partnerships. Limited Liability Partnerships. Business Corporations. And, Limited Liability Companies. About each of these.
a. Uniform Partnership: Broadly stated, a partnership is the formation of an agreement "in which there is an association of two or more persons to carry on as co-owners of a business for profit." Each partner, whether two or more, is an agent of the partnership for purposes of the business it conducts. While a written agreement stating the objectives of the partnership is not required by the statute, a lawyer will advise the need for such a partnership agreement so there can be no doubt between or among the partners what is intended. One of the reasons that these partnerships are recognized without a written agreement is that the association of two or more people for a business objective actually predates statutory law addressing the subject - so, informal partnerships need to be recognized. The statutory scheme about partnerships address such subjects as: The nature of the partnership, relations of partners to persons who deal with that partnership, relations of partners to each other within the partnership, rights of creditors, ending the partnership, conversions and merges, and transferring personal property and conveying real property.
b. Uniform Limited Partnership: The statutes that apply to this entity are approximately thirty years old. This entity must have a written certificate of limited partnership, and beyond that, the partners decide what other written or oral agreements it might have for the conduct of its business. This entity has both general partners and limited partners. The statute provides that a limited partnership may carry on business that a regular partnership may. Elements of the certificate organizing this entity must identify (when it is filed with the office of the Secretary of State), its name; the name and address of its agent; the name and address of each general partner - only the general partners must sign this certificate. The heart of this entity is to provide that a limited partner is not liable for the obligations of the limited partnership, unless that person participates in the control of the partnership business. Essentially, the limited partner's liability is set according to that person's monetary contribution to the entity. The statutes provide for various aspects of the operation of the business of the limited partnership to include: Finance; distributions and withdrawal; assignment of partnership interest; dissolution; and more.
c. Limited Liability Partnership: This entity became statutory a little more than ten years ago. The forerunner of this entity was an outgrowth of the nationwide savings and loan failures of the 1980's with the first qualification of this in Texas in 1991. To understand the limited liability partnership you need to compare the liability protections found in a uniform partnership as opposed to a limited partnership. In a uniform partnership, all general partners have the liability for partnership activities. In a limited partnership, only general partners have such liability. In a limited liability partnership, a partner would like some limited liability but does not want to give up the control of managing. So, in a limited liability partnership, a partner is shielded from personal liability of partner obligations arising from the errors of wrongful acts of his/her partners and/or employees, but the partner remains personally liable for the ordinary business debts of the partnership, as well as obligations arising from errors or wrongful acts committed by the partner or someone directly supervised by the partner. This entity gains its life by filing a statement of qualification with the Secretary of State.
d. Business Corporation: Nebraska's current statutes on this entity date from 1995. This entity acquires its life by filing Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State, with one or more persons may act as the incorporator. It is generally set up to have perpetual existence. The Secretary of State has a clear procedure in which the corporation is only allowed to use a particular name. The registered agent for this entity becomes "the place of being" so far as legal process. The Articles of Incorporation must proscribe the classes of shares and the number of shares of each class that the corporation is authorized to issue. Shareholders on the one hand and director and officers on the other hand, organize with certain powers and authorities. The concept of ownership and management of a business corporation as between the shareholders and the directors/officers is the heart of how this entity conducts its business.
Eric Stott joined the firm in 2013. He provides legal services to businesses and individuals in Nebraska and Wyoming. His practice areas include Bankruptcy, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Real Estate, Wills and Trusts, and Business matters. Eric is a 2006 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law (Class of 2007). He previously worked in both private practice and public service, spending 3 1/2 years as in-house counsel for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Western Service Area. Eric continues to represent DHHS in juvenile court matters as a contract attorney. Eric also has significant appellate experience, having successfully argued several cases before both the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska Court of Appeals.
Admissions: Nebraska - 2007; Wyoming - 2013.
Law school attended/graduated: University of Nebraska College of Law, 2006, Juris Doctor.
Other educational information: Brigham Young University, 2003, Bachelor of Science, Business Management.
Affiliations: Nebraska State Bar Association (Sections: Real Estate, Probate & Trust, Family Law, and Bankruptcy); NSBA Leadership Academy; Wyoming State Bar; Boy Scouts of America.
Personal: Eric and his wife have three smart and energetic children. In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his family , as well as fishing, hunting and watching movies.
University of Nebraska College of Law
Juris Doctorate, 2006
Mr. Sorensen has expertise in multiple areas of the law, including general civil litigation, business and entity law, contracts, real estate, estate planning and probate, workers' compensation, and construction law. His clientele is equally diverse, and includes banks, insurance companies, public power districts, irrigation districts, school districts, and construction and manufacturing companies, as well as individuals and families, small groups and associations.
Mr. Sorensen is a lifelong resident of the Panhandle of Nebraska. He was raised in Scottsbluff, and graduated from Scottsbluff High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in state and federal courts in 1973. He is member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the Scottsbluff County Bar Association. He served as president of the latter association in 1990 and 1991.
Mr. Sorensen recognizes the importance of community and civic involvement, and he is active in many organizations that serve the communities in which he lives and works. He is a member of the Scottsbluff/Gering, Nebraska Rotary Club, serving as president in 2005-2006, Panhandle Community Services Foundation, serving as chairperson in 2004-2006, Scottsbluff County CASA, an organization whose purpose is to advocate for abused and neglected children in court proceedings. He has served on the board of directors of the Panhandle Humane Society, the West Nebraska Arts Center, and was a member of the Mitchell, Nebraska School Board for many years, serving as president for five years.
Mr. Sorensen is married and has three grown children. He has diverse interests outside his professional career, including building, cabinet and furniture making, motorcycling, golf, gardening and home improvement, music, and literature, all when time permits. He will serve as a dedicated and committed advocate and legal professional, eager to utilize the full range of his considerable experience to help his clients with their legal needs.
University of Nebraska College of Law
Law Practice Areas
Real Estate Transactions, IRC 103 Exchange Transactions, Commercial Litigation, Estate Planning, Business Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Social Security and Medicaid, Elder Law
Admitted to the Bar
University of Nebraska, J.D., 1968
University of Nebraska, B.A., 1965 (Majors in History, English and Political Science)
Scottsbluff County, Western Nebraska, Nebraska State (Member, Committees on: Specialization, 1976-1982; Ethics, 1975-1982; Chairman, 1982; Real Estate Practice Guidelines Committee, 1989 to present; Chairman, 2000) and American (Member, Sections on: Corporation, Banking and Business Law, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Taxation, Subcommittee and Agriculture, 1979--, Local Government Law, Natural Resources) Bar Associations, American Judicature Society, National Practice Institute, Practicing Law Institute.
Law Instructor, Nebraska Western College, 1969-1972; Educational Director, Nebraska Land Title Association, 1993-2004.
Presentations and Writings for the Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA)
"Conveyances by Religious Organizations, Unincorporated Associations and Dissolved Corporations" NCLE 1989.
"Practical & Constructive Uses of an IRC 1031 Exchange" NCLE 1997.
"Digital Signatures for the Nebraska Lawyer" NCLE 1999.
"Issues that Relate to Insuring Accretion" NCLE 2004.
"Financing: Mortgages, Trust Deeds, Land Contracts" NCLE - Red Book, 2005.
Presentations and Writings for the Nebraska Land Title Association (NLTA)
"The Horrors of Insurance Rebating and the Dilemma of Controlled Business" (title, NLTA 1996, 193 pgs.)
"Technology Primers" (I, NLTA 1996, 127 pgs.; II, NLTA 1997, 98 pgs.; III, NLTA 1997, 76 pgs.), which includes vignettes on technology vendor lists, MERS, EDI, government hi-tech, automated mapping, GUI & office organization, and technology tips.
"Common Law-Leins, and Other Mysterious Instruments of Record" (title, NLTA 1997, 104 pgs.)
"RESPA & Federal Law Regulatory Update" (title, NLTA 1997, 91 pgs.)
"Practical & Constructive Uses of an IRC 1031 Exchange" (real property, NCLE 1997, 84 pgs.)
"TechnoPros Information" (title, ALTA 1998)
"Technology Tips" ("Title Technology" magazine, 3/1998)
"Electronic Access for Recorders" (government, NACO 1998)
"Digital Signatures" (title, NLTA 1998, 57 pgs.)
"Year 2000, A Computer Problem for Everyone" (title, NLTA 1998, 78 pgs.)
"LB1321 How it Changes What You Know and What You Do" (title, NLTA 1999, 105 pgs.)
"Paper and Computers at the Nebraska Recorder's Office" (title, NLTA 1999, 69 pgs.)
"Digital Signatures for the Nebraska Lawyer" (real property, NCLE 1999, 27 pgs.)
"Purchase Money Mortgages" (title, NLTA 1999, 63 pgs.)
"Riparian Water Law-A Primer Course I" (title, NLTA 2000, 38 pgs.)
"Digital/Electronic Signatures and Electronic Records" (title, NLTA 2000, 103 pgs.)
"MISMO (Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organizations)" (title, NLTA 2000, 15 pgs.)
"Predatory Lending Should Interest Title People" (title, NLTA 2000, 13 pgs.)
"Unbundling of Title Insurance Rates in Florida, and What This Might Mean for Nebraska" (title, NLTA 2001, 47 pgs.)
"Nebraska Entity Conveyancing (Law and Practice #1)" (title, NLTA 2001, 102 pgs.)
"Privacy, Courtesy Gramm-Leach-Bliley" (title, NLTA 2001, 39 pgs.)
"General Technology Dictionary, Part I" (title, NLTA 2001, 55 pgs.)
"Surveying Related Definitions and Principles, Part I" (title, NLTA 2002, 67 pgs.)
"Alternate Title Products and Mortgage Impairment, Products" (title, NLTA 2002, 83 pgs.)
"HUD is Coming To A Conclusion on Revising Section 8" (title, NLTA 2002, 67 pgs.)
"Alternate Title Products "ATP" Revisit-Review-React" (title, NLTA 2002, 26 pgs.)
"MERS This Electronic Initiative Comes of Age" (title, NLTA 2002, 6 pgs.)
"General Technology Dictionary, Part II" (title, NLTA 2002, 68 pgs.)
"The Title Person's Environment", scenarios on: "Lead Based Paint (LBP)", "Underground Storage Tanks (UST)", "Environmental Assessment and Due Diligence", and "Environmental Protection Liens - Form 8.1" (title, NLTA 2003, 73 pgs.)
"RESPA Case Review, The Important Ones Which Describe Conduct" (title, NLTA 2003, 54 pgs.)
"RESPA Reform After 10/28/02" (title, NLTA 2003, 97 pgs.)
"Privacy from P to Y" (title, NLTA 2004, 74 pgs.)
"Privacy Issues - Privacy Law 2007" (title, NLTA 2007, 79 pgs.)
During the ten year directorship of all the education for the Nebraska Land Title Association, the responsibility to direct all of it's twice yearly educational sessions, included the writing and presentation of papers that are referred to just above. These listed are only the formal presentations and papers.
Nebraska Registered Abstract, since 1982.
Nebraska Title Insurance Agent, since 1982.
Federation of Exchange Accommodators, member.
Commissioned Stephen's Minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
University of Nebraska
Juris Doctorate, 1968
Maxie J. Morgan joined the firm in 2009 as an associate attorney after moving to Nebraska from Oregon, where she was born and raised. She received her Honors B.A. in 2002, graduating summa cum laude from Oregon State University. In 2007, Ms. Morgan completed her juris doctorate at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, where she earned an Intellectual Property Law Specialization Certificate with distinction. She joined the State Bar of California in 2007, the Nebraska State Bar Association in 2008 and the Scotts Bluff County Bar Association in 2009.
As an undergraduate and as a law student, Ms. Morgan was awarded a Ford Family Foundation Scholarship. While in law school, she received the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction Excellence for the Future Award in both Writing and Research I and Intellectual Property Law Litigation. Ms. Morgan was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Association and the International Law Society. In addition, she participated in the Family Law Clinic and was a Street Law instructor for inner-city youth. Ms. Morgan currently serves on the Board of Directors for NEXT Young Professionals, the Panhandle Humane Society and CAPstone Child Advocacy Center.
Ms. Morgan and her husband are proud owners of an English Springer Spaniel and an Irish Red and White Setter. Beyond her career, she enjoys downhill and nordic skiing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, reading, movies, college football and creating bead jewelry.
Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisc
Juris Doctorate, 2007
Lori Armstrong Browning was raised in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and Family Science. Lori received her J.D. in 2005 from California Western School of Law, located in San Diego, California. Lori was admitted to practice law in California in state and federal courts in 2005. Lori practiced in the area of family law in San Diego from 2005 - 2012. While practicing in San Diego, Lori was actively involved in the San Diego County Bar Association. She sat as the Family Law Co-Chair for the years of 2011 - 2012. Lori was admitted to practice law in the State of Nebraska in 2012.
Lori's practice areas include Family Law, School Law, Workers Compensation and General Litigation.
Lori enjoys spending time with friends and family. Lori also enjoys a number of outdoor activities including running, hiking and golf. Lori serves on the board of Directors for the Friends of the Midwest Theater.
California Western School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 2005