Colby Merlound Lessmann

Colby Merlound Lessmann

Attorney at Law
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law ...
  • Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota
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Biography

Attorney Colby M. Lessmann was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, and is a graduate of Sioux City North High School. Colby graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Business (B.S., 1996) and School of Law (J.D., 1999). During his law school education, he published a casenote in the South Dakota Law Review (1998) and was both the Managing Editor and the Production Editor for Volume 44 of the South Dakota Law Review (1998-1999). After graduating from Law School, Colby clerked for Justice Robert Amundson of the South Dakota Supreme Court in Pierre, South Dakota. In August 2000, upon completion of his clerkship, Colby returned to practice law in Sioux City, Iowa, where he practices in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota in the areas of General Litigation, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate, Landlord Tenant Law, Collections, and Personal Injury, including but not limited to, car accidents, wrongful death, slips and falls, and dog bites.

Colby is a member of the State Bar Associations for Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. He is a member of the Probate Section for the Iowa Bar Association, the Woodbury County (Iowa) and Dakota County (Nebraska) Bar Associations, as well as a member of the Iowa Trust and Estate Council and the Iowa Association for Justice (formerly Iowa Trial Lawyers Association). He is also licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Iowa, the District of Nebraska, the District of South Dakota, the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Supreme Court.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Elder Law
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
    Collections
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • General Litigation
  • Guardianship/Conservatorship
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Iowa
Supreme Court of Iowa
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Nebraska
Nebraska State Bar Association
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South Dakota
State Bar of South Dakota
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8th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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United States Court of Federal Claims
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United States District Court - Nebraska
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United States District Court - Northern District of Iowa
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United States District Court - South Dakota
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Vriezelaar, Tigges, Edgington, Bottaro, Boden & Lessmann, L.L.P.
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Associate
Munger, Reinschmidt, & Denne, L.L.P.
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Clerk
South Dakota Supreme Court
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Education
University of South Dakota School of Law
J.D. (1999)
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University of South Dakota
B.S. (1996) | Business Administration
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Awards
Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) Designation
National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
Distinguished Attorney
Martindale-Hubbell
Client Champion Award
Martindale-Hubbell
Best Law Firm - Trusts & Estates (Metropolitan Tier 3)
Best Lawyers
Professional Associations
Nebraska State Bar  # 22298
Member
Current
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Iowa State Bar
Member
Current
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South Dakota State Bar
Member
Current
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Iowa Trust & Estate Council
Member
Current
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Iowa Association for Justice (formerly Iowa Trial Lawyers Association)
Member
Current
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Iowa State Bar Association - Probate Section Committee
Member
Current
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Woodbury County, Iowa Bar Association
Member
Current
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Siouxland Estate Planning Counsel
Member
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Common Estate Planning Questions
Firm bLAWg
Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples and Common Law Spouses
Firm bLAWg
Third Party Bad Faith Refusals to Settle in Nielsen v. Boos
South Dakota Law Review
Speaking Engagements
Lessons Learned in Efiling In Iowa, Iowa Association for Justice Annual Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa State Bar Association
Elective Share in Iowa, Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa State Bar Association
Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts & Wills, Siouxland Center for Aging, Sioux City, Iowa
Certifications
Accredited Estate Planner
National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
bLAWg
Contact & Map
Vriezelaar, Tigges, Edgington, Bottaro, Boden & Lessmann Law Firm
613 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA 51101
Telephone: (712) 252-3226
Fax: (712) 252-4873
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed