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Dean A. Fankhauser

Dean A. Fankhauser

Tigges, Bottaro, & Lessmann, LLP
  • Business Law, Real Estate Law, Estate Planning ...
  • Iowa, Nebraska
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T. Cody Farrens
T. Cody Farrens December 8, 2021
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
When people seek out an attorney it is typically because they either have a problem or are trying to avoid a problem in the future. Dean has the incredible ability to identify the issues and reach results for his client efficiently, effectively, and leave his client in a better position than when the case began.
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A. R. September 7, 2021
Great Attorney!!! Dean Fankhauser was the best attorney I could have chosen to represent me at my hearing. He was extremely knowledgeable and very attentive to my fears concerning the other party. He made sure we were well-prepared and that I always felt safe. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a lawyer.
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Attorney Dean Fankhauser was raised in Chadron, Nebraska and is the son of former business owners who still reside in Chadron today. After graduating from Chadron State College, Dean studied at The University of South Dakota School of Law and graduated in 2014 with a Juris Doctor.

While in law school, Dean had many great experiences, including advancing to the Elite 8 of the Sam Masten Appellate Advocacy Competition and completing an internship at the Federal Public Defender’s office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dean moved to the Siouxland Community after law school and shortly began working as an associate attorney. From there, Dean opened his own practice called Fankhauser, Farrens & Rachel, PLC, who merged with Vriezelaar, Tigges, Edgington, Bottaro, Boden & Lessmann Law Firm in 2021 – starting a business venture with endless opportunities. Dean is licensed to practice law in the United States Federal Court for the Northern District of Iowa, as well as Iowa and Nebraska state courts. Dean’s areas of practice include all types of business and tax matters (such as corporations, nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, acquisitions, sales, mergers, contracts, succession planning, dissolutions, financing, and licensing); real estate property matters (such as title opinions, title insurance, title guarantee, foreclosures, deeds, sales, acquisitions, condominium transactions, purchase agreements, contracts, leases, options, easements, restrictive covenants, construction liens, landlord-tenant, evictions, subdivision, and zoning and board of adjustment items); estate planning (such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates, complex estates, estate tax, and inheritance tax); probate; and guardianships/conservatorships.

In Dean’s free time (when he has some), you will probably find him spending time with close friends or visiting family.

Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Landlord Tenant
Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Supreme Court of Iowa
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Nebraska State Bar Association
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Tigges, Bottaro, & Lessmann, LLP
- Current
Managing Partner
Vriezelaar, Tigges, Edgington, Bottaro, Boden & Lessmann Law Firm
Fankhauser, Farrens & Rachel, PLC
University of South Dakota School of Law
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Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Real Estate Law
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Top-Listed City Awards (Total Lawyers in Sioux City: 5 lawyers)
Best Lawyers
Best Law Firms – Trusts & Estates Law (Metropolitan Tier 2)
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Best Law Firms – Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs (Metropolitan Tier 2)
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Top-Listed City Awards (Total Lawyers in Sioux City: 4 lawyers)
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Best Law Firm - Trusts & Estates Law (Metropolitan Tier 2)
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Best Law Firm - Trusts & Estates Law (Metropolitan Tier 3)
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Professional Associations
Nebraska State Bar Association  # 26143
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Iowa State Bar Association  # 29316567
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Speaking Engagements
In re the Interest of Z.K., Minor Child, Iowa Court of Appeals Oral Argument, Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa Judicial Branch
The father seeks further review after the court of appeals affirmed the termination of his parental rights. The father argues the court of appeals erred in finding the Indian Child Welfare Act did not apply to the minor child.
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Tigges, Bottaro & Lessmann, LLP
613 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA 51101
Telephone: (712) 252-3226
Fax: (712) 252-4873
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Available by appointment outside of office hours.
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