We would like to take a moment to congratulate our very own James “Jim” Radig, a Senior Associate with Arenson Law Group, PC, on his 2016 AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating. In order to earn the AV® certification mark from Martindale-Hubbell®, lawyers must be reviewed and ranked by their peers as possessing the highest degree of professional excellence.
The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings are used by attorneys to refer clients to other attorneys who possess both the high ethical standards and professional abilities that are requisite for AV® certification. Jim’s areas of practice include estate planning (wills and trusts), business law, real estate law, corporate law, probate, and litigation.
Jim Arenson of Arenson Law Group, PC, is excited to announce that we represented Jim Rydell and Matt Halbur in their purchase of the Ford and Lincoln dealership in Independence, Iowa on July 1, 2015. We are honored to have had the opportunity to represent these individuals in this acquisition.
An Iowa Supreme Court May 2, 2014 decision may affect Iowa Automotive dealers and their customers. Many dealerships promote their business through the use of plate frames. The Iowa Supreme Court has put a small hiccup in the use of plate frames for dealerships and all Iowans.
Under Iowa Code 321.37(3), “It is unlawful for the owner of a vehicle to place any frame around or over the registration plate which does not permit full view of all numerals and letters printed on the registration plate.” The Court determined that “all numerals and letters” includes the county information on the bottom of Iowa plates. Based on that decision, police can stop a vehicle and issue citations for any license plate in which numerals or letters are covered or partially covered. This decision may give police “probable cause” to stop a vehicle without evidence of other violations.
Arenson Law Group, PC, urges dealerships to look at your advertising plate frames. Don’t be the reason that your customer gets stopped. The dissenting Iowa Supreme Court Justice, Justice Appel, warned: “For the thousands of Iowans who have a frame that promotes a sports team, or an auto dealer, or have a nice (or not so nice) slogan, beware!”