Roethe Pope Roethe LLP

Our Areas of Practice

Estate Planning and Administration:

The firm's estate planning and administration practice centers around providing personal, in depth counseling to individuals and families on the transfer of their property in accordance with their goals and at the smallest tax cost consistent with these goals. To accomplish the clients' wishes while retaining the greatest possible flexibility, our estate planning attorneys prepare Wills as well as Revocable and Irrevocable lifetime and testamentary trusts. We assist clients in planning for the care of the incapacitated through use of durable powers of attorney, living trusts, appointment of health care representatives and special needs trusts for disabled persons.

We also represent family members during the initiation and administration of guardianship proceedings. Our attorneys assist clients with their lifetime planning, including preparation of prenuptial agreements, gifting programs and programs to preserve family wealth, including family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and recapitalizations, while giving consideration to income, gift, estate and generation skipping transfer taxes. These plans are frequently accomplished in cooperation with the clients' other professional advisors, e.g., bank trust departments, life insurance agents, accountants and financial planners.

Agriculture Law:

Whether you are a large agricultural business or a family farmer, you need experienced agricultural counsel. We understand the agricultural community and intricacies of the business. In this time of great change in agriculture, practical and responsible agricultural counsel is a necessity.

Probate and Wealth Transfers:

Roethe Pope Roethe LLP’s estate lawyers have substantial experience in probate matters and wealth transfers. The firm also represents executors, trustees and individuals in probate litigation matters, including Will and Trust contests, claims in estates, objections to accountings and contested guardianships.

Litigation/Personal Injury:

Roethe Pope Roethe LLP offers a full variety of legal services as a part of its civil litigation practice. Robert G. Krohn is certified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a certification that is reserved for those with significant experience in civil trial law as well as a history of successful court litigation.

Roethe Pope Roethe LLP recognizes that court disputes can best be settled when resolved short of long, cost intensive court proceedings. Efforts are made to resolve disputes in such a way as to minimize client stress and maximize client recovery. While we are always prepared to proceed in a court setting, alternatives such as arbitration and mediation are often recognized to be most effective to the client.

Roethe Pope Roethe LLP handles all types of litigation, from the simple to the complex. Considering thirty plus years of trial experience, Attorney Krohn has been able to obtain large out of court financial settlements and court judgments on behalf of clients. He is typically involved in personal injury claims, i.e. claims involving damages arising from accidents. The accidents are often the result of such things as automobile accidents, falls in public places, or dog attacks/bites. The office knows how to evaluate such cases, obtain the necessary documentation to support your claim, and present the case in an aggressive, effective manner to the insurance company. He also represents some insurance carriers which provides us with the expertise of understanding how claims are evaluated and ultimately resolved. We have close relationships with the medical community so that we can document and provide medical reports and otherwise document your claim. We recognize that such claims involve future potential permanent problems, wage losses, and losses of earning capacity as well as future pain and disability. Such factors are adequately evaluated, considered, and developed as a part of your claim.

In addition to the more routine types of damage claims, Roethe Pope Roethe LLP has the expertise to handle the more complicated damage case. Examples include injuries that arise from medical malpractice, legal malpractice, or fault on the part of other professionals including accountants, architects, and skilled tradespeople. Attorney Krohn has years of experience in handling professional negligence cases and injury claims that arise from product defects resulting from defective design and construction.

In addition to personal injury cases, our firm is involved in all types of business litigation. Such cases often involve employee disputes, covenants not to compete, mergers and acquisitions, dissolution of partnerships, and the like. From the simple to the complex contract case, we are able to assist you.

Other areas of litigation include work related injuries (worker's compensation), disputes with governmental entities, employment disputes, negotiating equal rights/civil rights claims, and other traditional business litigation involving construction contracts, real estate leases, mortgages and foreclosures, Will contests, guardianships, and related cases.

Our expertise is no different than the expertise found in big city law firms. We work closely and directly with our clients in resolving disputes consistent with your personal or business goals.

Real Estate and Property Development:

Roethe Pope Roethe LLP provides comprehensive legal services in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate transactions. The firm's real estate practice includes representation of clients in development, construction, zoning, and leasing. The firm also structures IRS Section 1031 like-kind exchanges; condominium associations; all aspects of real estate litigation, including land use and foreclosures; municipal land use planning and zoning; and acquisition and disposition of real property.

Business Law:

Roethe Pope Roethe LLP provides legal services to business entities with respect to all kinds of business transactions. We regularly advise clients on all issues relating to the formation and operation of their businesses. In the formation of a new business, we evaluate and document the choice of entity from corporate, partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies or sole proprietorships. At the operational level, our attorneys are experienced in negotiating and documenting all types of contractual arrangements including distributor and dealer agreements; research and development partnerships; buy-sell agreements among business owners; employment and consulting agreements; director and officer indemnification agreements; confidentiality agreements; covenants not to compete; and other contracts and documents required in the operation of a business enterprise.

Our firm is actively involved in negotiating and structuring sales and acquisitions of businesses. These transactions range from small to medium sized family owned businesses who are selling to third parties to leveraged buy outs. We assist in shareholder and director meetings and advise businesses in their compliance efforts with various complex laws and regulations involved in their transaction.

Divorce and Family Law:

Roethe Pope Roethe LLP provides services for family law matters such as divorce, custody, support, paternity, adoption and prenuptial agreements. We also handle family related matters such as estate planning, including disability and special needs planning, probate and guardianship.

Criminal/Drunk Driving:

Roethe Pope Roethe LLP has a tremendous amount of experience regarding the defense of criminal and drunk driving matters. Dale Pope and Matthew Roethe all have significant experience from years of municipal prosecution. The firm's attorneys have utilized their prosecution experiences in providing outstanding criminal and drunk driving defense work. Their knowledge and familiarity with the prosecutors and courts result in the best representation possible for those charged with civil or criminal penalties.