April 4

Sexual Orientation and Gender Discrimination Bill Up for Consideration by Unicameral

Terry White

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Terry White is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment and real estate law, and white-collar defense. Ms. White can be reached at 402-934-0198.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.

The Nebrsaka Judicary Committe voted in favor of adding sexual orientation and gender discrimination to Nebraska’s bases for prohibited discrimination in employment. One of Nebraska’s gubernatorial candidates is not pleased. “Omaha Sen. Beau McCoy pledged Monday to filibuster the bill. He had filed several amendments to LB 485, including one to kill the bill, prior.

March 20

EEOC Challenges Terms of Employer’s Release in Proposed Severance Agreement

Terry White

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Terry White is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment and real estate law, and white-collar defense. Ms. White can be reached at 402-934-0198.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.

Many employers offer severance to terminated employees, provided the employee signs a severance agreement or release. By doing so, the employer hopes to obtain closure and avoid litigation by the employee against the company. Unfortunately, some recent enforcement proceedings by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are resulting in exactly the opposite: litigation over the terms.

December 13

Maintaining privacy during public divorce cases can be challenging

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Ben Thompson

Managing Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Ben Thompson is licensed to practice law in California, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. His law practice is at the intersection of the land, its stewardship, and justice.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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When a married couple seeks to legally dissolve their marriage in Nebraska courts, a lot of information is included in the court filings. Suddenly, the details of their private relationship will be made part of the public record. While celebrities and public figures certainly have their ”personal branding issues,” everyone’s reputation and standing in the community can.

December 11

Increasing divorce rate for baby boomers raises the stakes

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Ben Thompson

Managing Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Ben Thompson is licensed to practice law in California, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. His law practice is at the intersection of the land, its stewardship, and justice.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Recent reports are that while America’s divorce rate has dropped closer to 40% from 50%, among baby boomers the divorce rate has actually increased significantly.  Sociologists have their theories for this, but one thing that is certain is that divorcing later in life raises the financial stakes for married couples in Nebraska. While children may.

November 27

How far is too far in enforcing HOA covenants?

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Ben Thompson

Managing Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Ben Thompson is licensed to practice law in California, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. His law practice is at the intersection of the land, its stewardship, and justice.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Neighborhood disputes over covenant violations are never popular.  Boards of directors for homeowners associations are often tasked with enforcing covenants containing restrictions on the use of land within the neighborhood.  Sometimes residents fail to read the covenants and understand what they are agreeing to by purchasing property in a neighborhood with use restrictions.  Typical HOA.

October 2

Thompson Law Office opens rural Chadron office, State Bar targets rural lawyer shortage

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Ben Thompson

Managing Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Ben Thompson is licensed to practice law in California, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. His law practice is at the intersection of the land, its stewardship, and justice.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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This past summer, Thompson Law Office opened its branch office in Chadron, Nebraska, in rural Dawes County.  Attorney Jane Long staffs the office, with support from the legal professionals in our West Omaha office.  Our firm recognized that, like other rural communities, the population is under-served by legal professionals.  Despite being a vibrant community with.

September 25

Increasing home values leading borrowers to prioritize mortgage payments

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Ben Thompson

Managing Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Ben Thompson is licensed to practice law in California, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. His law practice is at the intersection of the land, its stewardship, and justice.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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During a financial crunch, individuals and families have to make tough choices about how to allocate limited resources. During the Great Recession, when decreasing home values made home equity disappear, the choice often shifted to paying unsecured creditors, like credit cards, first. That trend appears to be reversing, with a greater emphasis on keeping up.

September 23

Firing older workers makes cents, hiring older workers makes sense

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Ben Thompson

Managing Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Ben Thompson is licensed to practice law in California, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. His law practice is at the intersection of the land, its stewardship, and justice.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Discriminating against older workers violates federal and state laws, but surveys show that age discrimination also violates common sense in some contexts.  Employers are recognizing that older workers bring experience, connect with older customers, and provide a useful perspective. “Stereotypes have prevailed. Hiring managers often still view older applicants as having lower job performance, higher.

March 25

So, what is an Elder Law Attorney?

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Nick Halbur

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Nick Halbur is licensed in Iowa and Nebraska. His law practice includes elder law, long-term care planning, estate planning, conservatorships and guardianships, and probate.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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When I introduce myself and someone asks what I do, I start with “attorney” but always add that I practice Elder Law. Some just nod, some really seem to understand, but that prompts many to ask something to the effect of “what’s that?” On the first day of class each semester when I was teaching.

October 9

My Virtual Dementia Tour – Walking in Another’s Shoes

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Nick Halbur

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Nick Halbur is licensed in Iowa and Nebraska. His law practice includes elder law, long-term care planning, estate planning, conservatorships and guardianships, and probate.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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This summer I was invited to participate in a “Virtual Dementia Tour” organized by Kristi Benning of Right at Home and hosted by Joyce Adams at Fox Run Assisted Living of Council Bluffs, Iowa.  As an Elder Law Attorney I try to keep abreast of issues surrounding aging and be sensitive to the challenges faced by.