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Financial Advisor Fraud | FINRA
Following a week-long arbitration hearing under FINRA Dispute Resolution Services, Independence, Iowa financial advisor Dana Vietor was ordered to pay a group of 13 Independence area residents $5,769,227.00 for violations of the Iowa Securities Act, fraud, misrepresentation and other related claims. Read more about the result here.
Will Contest | Tortious Interference
Dutton Law Firm helps two clients that were left out of their father's will obtain farmland and cash representing half of the assets in father's estate. The result was reached through a family settlement agreement after successfully defending a motion for summary judgment by the defendant.
Car Accident | Wrongful Death
Represented three occupants of a vehicle involved in a catastrophic car crash when a vehicle crossed into their path on a divided four-lane highway, causing substantial injuries to the occupants, including the subsequent untimely death of one occupant six months later.
Lender Liability | Misrepresentation
Settlement obtained on behalf of a farm client in a lawsuit brought against a bank for misrepresentations made by the bank to our client.
Trust Contest | Tortious Interference
Action brought on behalf of a client against his brother for unduly influencing parents to leave our client $0.02 in the mother's irrevocable trust. The jury found the trust was invalid and our client was awarded damages for breach of fiduciary duty and attorney fees.
Settled a will contest case in favor of two children who were disinherited under their father's will. The $1,000,000 settlement represented 75% of the value of the estate.
Action brought on behalf of a client against his two sisters for unduly influencing parents to leave our client out of their wills. The jury found the will was invalid and our client was awarded loss of inheritance damages, punitive damages, and attorney fees.
Represented two brothers in action to set aside mother's will that left our clients each $100,000. After a jury found the will invalid as the result of undue influence, a settlement was reached where our clients received a combined $3.1M in assets from the estate.
Personal Injury | Assault
Obtained a judgment on behalf of a client who had been assaulted by a neighbor after complaining about loud music disturbing a Celebration of Life. The judgment included an award of $653,003.73 in damages for injuries sustained and $250,000 in punitive damages.
Tortious Interference with Inheritance
DBSH Probate Attorneys represented an individual in a case where his mother made a new will only a few months before she died, leaving property previously intended for our client to his brother. The jury returned a verdict in favor of our client and awarded him $400,000 in loss of inheritance and $200,000 in punitive damages against his brother.
Represented a corporation against a former director and shareholder of the corporation who interfered with business contracts by establishing a competing business while still serving as a director and shareholder of our client. The jury awarded compensatory and punitive damages in favor of our client.
Estate Dispute Litigation
Represented a successor executor of an estate in a breach of fiduciary duty claim against the originally named executor based upon his alleged failure to adequately protect the financial interests of the estate’s beneficiaries.
Bike Accident | Personal Injury
Represented an individual who was struck by a car while riding his bike through a roundabout in Cedar Falls. Lawsuit was filed against our client's under insured motorist policy. The highest offer prior to trial by the insurance company was $30,000.
Represented an individual in contesting a will where our client was excluded in the decedent's most recent will but was included in prior wills as a beneficiary.
Car Accident | Personal Injury
Represented a couple who were both significantly injured when riding their motorcycle and a vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign.
When your finances or liberties are in serious jeopardy, the obvious answer is to get legal help. It is also wise to consult with an attorney for tax and estate planning, drafting wills and trusts, and negotiating business deals. Learn more about why you should use a Dutton Law Firm attorney.
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The importance of having an estate plan or will done provides peace of mind and many other benefits.
Explanation of payable on death accounts and whether using them is right for your estate plan.
FINRA Arbitration panel orders Independence financial advisor to pay $5,769,227.00 to claimants for fraud, misrepresentation and Violations of Iowa Securities Act.