About Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson is licensed to practice law in Nebraska and Iowa. His law practice is at the intersection of the land, its stewardship, and justice. Modern Law Firm is a law firm that helps Nebraskans achieve the American Dream through owning homes, starting businesses, strengthening families, and shaping legacies. Learn more about the firm's general law practice here.

Owning a home in Nebraska brings the property rights that merely renting a home does not.  But those property rights in most communities are restricted to a degree by the ordinances of the city or county or the covenants that may have been recorded by a homeowner association. The news reported on a homeowner in…

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…

The 2013 session of the Nebraska Legislature saw a change in the law governing collection of homeowners association assessments.  This applies to Nebraska townhome owners associations, condominium owners associations and traditional homeowners associations.  In May, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB 442, which amends section 52-2001, 76-825, 76-842, 76-856, and 76-874 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes….

A Nebraska HOA attorney can decipher the many rules and regulations that go with owning a home in a newer neighborhood in Nebraska. When people buy a house in a new subdivision, condominium, or co-op, they generally become a mandatory member of a homeowners’ association (HOA) or condominium owners association. The property owner association’s members include anyone who owns lots or homes in the same…

Weeds thrive during droughts. The same can be said for the tough times in our lives — we often emerge with metaphorical weeds that need to be pulled to restore some sense of normalcy. Those weeds may seriously affect our finances or our relationships.  Competent Omaha attorneys can assist you with “legal weeding” — and…

Perhaps you have heard a story about an employee that has embezzled from a company.  Some may shake their heads in disgust and then shrug it off thinking that it will not happen to their company.  Others may hope that it never happens to their company, but take no steps to prevent it from happening. …

Business mediation may be preferable to litigating a dispute in court. Small to medium sized businesses in Nebraska may benefit greatly from using mediation instead of litigation to resolve conflicts.  As is the case with larger businesses, disputes may arise with competitors, business partners, employees, customers, and vendors, but small business often lack the PR, HR, or legal capacity to address conflicts…

Learn when the amount of child support you must pay or receive can be changed by courts in Nebraska When a court orders a parent to pay child support, the amount is based off a calculation that takes into consideration the parent’s financial situation.  Over time, many parents experience a change in their financial condition and…

What is the difference between legal separation and divorce? Nebraska law recognizes two methods of ending a traditional marriage — one is dissolution of marriage or divorce, and the other is legal separation.  The chosen method depends on a number of factors, such as the religious beliefs of the couple, financial or personal reasons, whether…

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