About Thompson Law Office

Thompson Law Office is a law firm that helps Nebraskans achieve the American Dream through owning homes, starting businesses, strengthening families, and shaping legacies.

“Legalese,” the Plain English Movement and Good Drafting Contract law is the foundation of business. Unfortunately, many lawyers draft contracts in “Legalese” – they fill their documents with archaic terms, redundancies, awkward phrases, ambiguities, and worthless boilerplate. This increases the likelihood of misunderstandings and decreases the productivity of everyone associated with the transaction. Moreover, the…

Are there still fiduciary duties  in a family owned or “closely held” business in Nebraska? Are they different or relaxed because the stockholders all happen to be related to management? The answer is yes, there are fiduciary obligations, and no, they are not different or relaxed. The law does not distinguish between fiduciary duties applicable to a…

Thompson Law Office is pleased to announce that attorney Ben Thompson and the Omaha legal team won a successful appeal of a real estate case involving the Nebraska Condominium Act. The Nebraska Court of Appeals issued a published decision today reversing and remanding the case to the trial court in Douglas County for further proceedings.  The opinion can…

Attorney Ben Thompson was quoted in an article in the October 11, 2013 issue of the Midlands Business Journal regarding the importance of anticipating the type and applicability of government regulation of a new business.  “Regulations cost businesses money, so the business plan needs to anticipate the cost of complying with federal, state and local…

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…

When is a trust deed considered a mortgage, and who cares? Attorney Ben Thompson, with support from Kathy Busch, published another article in the the May/June 2013 issue of The Nebraska Lawyer, the official publication of the Nebraska State Bar Association.  Take an adventure through the new wild west and get behind the scenes of an…

So you’ve been served with a lawsuit in Nebraska, now what?  One of the most important things to do when you’ve been served with a lawsuit is to file an answer.  In Nebraska state courts, once you are served with a lawsuit, you have 30 days to file an answer or otherwise plead.  For actions…

Naming an agent, or Attorney-in-Fact, in a Power of Attorney document is an important and frequent part of a person’s estate plan.  The agent is given powers by the principal (the person signing the document).  Virtually all Power of Attorney documents made today for estate planning purposes are designed to provide for an easy way…

Many new and existing businesses today are S Corporations. S Corporations are popular because they provide several advantages to the shareholders. One of the best known advantages is the “pass-through” taxation. Pass-through taxation allows the profits and losses of the S Corporation to flow directly to the shareholders, where they are only taxed once. In…

It is important for all unwed parents to establish legal paternity, develop a parenting plan, and develop support obligations. This is not just something that should be done for parents who are no longer together or who can’t agree on parenting time and support. It is something all unwed parents should do. Taking these legal…

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