Estate Planning & Probate

Depending on your goals and your circumstances a comprehensive estate plan can include a will, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance health care directives. Making sure your wishes are known and recorded can help provide you with peace of mind and help preserve the value of your estate so that it can do the most good for your loved ones.


When a loved one has passed, the responsibility of administering the estate both testate and intestate and shepherding it through the probate process can be a difficult burden. Most people are unfamiliar with the process of acting as an executor/estate administrator. Mark Rater is happy to help take that additional weight off a loved one’s shoulders so they can focus on what matters most during a difficult time. Mark helps people understand what needs to be done and how to do it.

Do you have questions related to the handling of an estate or estate planning?  Rater Law Office offers the following legal services:

  • probate of an estate
  • living trusts
  • living wills
  • wills
  • power of attorney
  • medical power of attorney
  • guardianships
  • conservatorships
  • estate planning

Estates can be difficult for a decedent’s family when plans were not made ahead of time. Planning for your death not only relieves stress on your family, but it also gives them clear instructions to do as you wish when you are gone.  If would like to plan for the future or if a family member has passed away and you need an experienced attorney to handle the estate, contact Rater Law Office.

Contact us for a confidential and secure consultation.

Rater Law Office
221 S Main St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Phone: (712) 323-3266