Practice Areas

Adoptions

At Costello Porter, our attorneys have the experience needed to guide couples who are seeking to make an addition to their family through adoption. The adoption process can, at times, be difficult and time consuming but the attorneys at Costello Porter strive to make the adoption process efficient and effective while attempting to achieve your ultimate goal. 

Agricultural Law

Costello Porter attorneys have extensive experience advising agricultural-based businesses. This practice area includes the organization, operation, and succession of farms and ranches, including various issues that may face farmers and ranchers including fencing issues, insurance claims, and leasing disputes. Many of our attorneys grew up on ranches or farms and have personal experience with the issues facing farmers and ranchers.

Joseph R Lux
Heather L Bogard

Appellate Practice

The attorneys at Costello Porter have years of trial experience which translates into years of experience at the appellate level by appealing and defending decisions. Attorneys at Costello Porter have appealed and defended cases in state and federal court and always fiercely advocate your position to get the best possible outcome for you. 

Joseph R Lux

Arbitration / Mediation

Arbitration and Mediation is a process in which parties who are in disagreement meet with a neutral third party to hear the dispute. In arbitration, a decision is made by the neutral third party, much like a judge makes a decision in a courtroom. In mediation, the neutral third party listens and suggests compromises between the parties to come to a mutually beneficial resolution. At Costello Porter, we have attorneys that have years of experience in both arbitration and mediation and will use that experience to get the best possible outcome for you.  

Gene R Bushnell

Asset Protection

Our attorneys at Costello Porter understand that when you have worked hard to accumulate your wealth, protecting your assets from the possibility of creditors, litigants and excess taxation becomes vitally important. Our attorneys utilize effective protection tools such as corporations, trusts, and estate planning to ensure each client has a personal legal plan for protecting their wealth. 

Dennis H Hill
Joseph R Lux
Jess Pekarski
Jeffrey D Swett

Automobile Liability

At Costello Porter, our attorneys have represented both insurance companies and individuals involved in auto accidents. Often, the simple, slow speed accident transforms into claims for hospital bills, vehicle repair, and other damages. Our attorneys understand the complexities associated with an auto accident, no matter how big or small, and work hard to investigate the incident and determine the proper course of action.

Gene R Bushnell
Donald A Porter
Dennis H Hill
Heather L Bogard

Business Law

Business or corporate law encompasses a wide array of topics in the legal realm. At Costello Porter, our attorneys have represented everything from small start-up businesses to large multi-million dollars corporations. Focusing on the proper corporate structure to protect members or shareholders while minimizing taxes and increasing profits to internal and external stakeholders, our attorneys are well- versed in business law and will work to ensure your business remains as profitable as possible while limiting legal exposure. 

Joseph R Lux
Jess Pekarski
Jeffrey D Swett
Christopher A Christianson
Kenneth L Heisterkamp
Dennis H Hill

Business Transactions

The attorneys at Costello Porter are experienced with business operations, contracts, and transactions. Successful business operations are based on careful planning, prudent governance, and trusted legal guidance. Whether you are selecting an appropriate entity for your start-up company; structuring contracts, anti-competition, employment, supplier or licensing agreements; or acquiring, merging or dissolving a business, the expertise of Costello Porter can make a profound difference for you and your business.

Joseph R Lux
Jess Pekarski
Jeffrey D Swett
Dennis H Hill

Charitable Giving

Costello Porter has many attorneys with extensive knowledge and experience with charitable giving. A charitable contribution is a gratuitous, completed transfer of property to a charitable, religious, scientific, educational or other qualifying organization. Charitable gifting is one way to reduce your tax liability. There are many strategies that the attorneys at Costello Porter can assist you with to navigate the maze of financial complexities in order maximize the tax benefits to you and your gift to your favorite charity.

Joseph R Lux

Child Custody

 

Costello Porter attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in handling even the most complex child custody matters. Child Custody disputes can require intense court hearings and multiple negotiations between lawyers and judges. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of hearings and know how to maneuver through the obstacles and help you reach the most favorable outcome. As child custody lawyers, we have the experience and skills needed to find creative solutions that both parents accept while fully protecting the best interests of the children.

Phillip R Stiles

Shane M Pullman
Christopher A Christianson

Civil Litigation

Civil litigation is a legal dispute between two or more parties that seeks money damages, an injunction, or a number of other remedies. If parties cannot resolve the matter themselves, proceeding to court may be necessary to resolve the disagreement. Civil litigation can resolve many types of issues such as car accidents, breaches of contract, property disputes, or contesting a will. Costello Porter attorneys are extremely capable and experienced in representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants in all types of cCivil litigation.

Gene R Bushnell
Heather L Bogard
Donald A Porter
Joseph R Lux
Christopher A Christianson
Dennis H Hill
Shane M Pullman
Matthew J McIntosh

Civil Rights

The attorneys at Costello Porter are committed to protecting the many rights that are assured by both the State and Federal Constitutions. These rights protect us against discrimination and obtrusive government conduct that denies due process of the law. Costello Porter has many attorneys who are well- versed in fighting for these constitutionally mandated rights and liberties and who will work hard to ensure that your rights are protected. 

Donald A Porter 

Closely Held Businesses

A closely held business is one that has a limited number of shareholders and is sometimes, but not regularly, publicly traded. These types of businesses come with their own unique tax and revenue situations. Costello Porter attorneys have years of in-depth experience creating, advising, and litigating for owners of these types of businesses. 

Jess Pekarski
Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Commercial Law

Commercial Law is the law dealing with areas such as the sale and distribution of goods, the financing of credit transactions on the security of goods sold, and negotiable instruments. At Costello Porter, our attorneys are well- versed in ensuring our clients are protected as security holders and issued fair terms as a debtors. The Uniform Commercial Code encompasses a variety of topics in commercial law, all of which the attorneys at Costello Porter would be happy to help you with to ensure your investment is protected and to provide favorable and practicable terms. 

Joseph R Lux
Jeffrey D Swett
Kenneth L Heisterkamp
Jess Pekarski

Conservatorships

A Conservatorship is granted to handle the financial affairs of a person deemed mentally incapable of doing so themselves. The cConservatorship allows a spouse, sibling, child, interested person, or organization to make the financial decisions for the person deemed mentally incapable of doing so. At Costello Porter, our attorneys are experienced in helping the loved ones of a mentally incapable person become protected and strive to do so delicately and efficiently. 

Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Construction Law

Construction Law involves the building, construction, design and engineering of structures and roads. Costello Porter Attorneys are well respected in this field and have the knowledge and experience regarding these matters to represent your interests effectively and efficiently.

Joseph R Lux
Edward C Carpenter

Contracts

 

Whether it is drafting a contract agreement or disputing a contract claim, the attorneys at Costello Porter have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you through all stages involved in contract law and have a long history of helping others in a wide variety of areas with their contracting needs. Our attorneys know that in the area of contract law, attention to detail and legal expertise are essential to protecting an individual’s contractual rights from start to finish. 

Joseph R Lux

Christopher A Christianson

Copyrights

Copyrights protect original works of authorship such as literature, music, movies, songs, artwork, and architecture. A copyright generally grants the owner the exclusive right to reproduce the work, prepare derivative works, distribute copies of the work to the public, and display or perform the work publicly. Costello Porter attorneys have experience and expertise in obtaining copyright protection, fair use consultation, and copyright infringement litigation.

Shane M Pullman

Corporate Law

From the initial incorporation to managing the intricacies of limited liability, shares, share buy-outs and transfers, corporation management, investor ownership, and repayment, the attorneys at Costello Porter handle corporations of all shapes and sizes. Our attorneys can structure a corporation to meet your needs or provide direction to your current corporation, no matter the size.

Joseph R Lux
Jess Pekarski
Kenneth L Heisterkamp
Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Creditor Law

Creditor law applies to situations where one party owes a debt to another. Generally there are three types of creditors: 1) those with liens against property, 2) those with a statutorily defined priority interest in the debt, and 3) a creditor without either a lien or a priority interest. Costello Porter attorneys are experienced in the applicable laws relating to creditor status and know how to navigate these complexities to achieve your desired outcomes.

Joseph R Lux
Christopher A Christianson

Criminal Defense

At Costello Porter, our attorneys work hard to provide our clients the best criminal defense possible. From investigating the initial encounter with police to presenting the case to a jury, our attorneys are well- versed in ensuring every constitutional and statutory right is protected and preserved in a criminal matter. Our attorneys have represented clients with misdemeanors and felonies in state, federal and tribal courts. Whether you need a passionate attorney to present your case to the jury or to help negotiate a favorable plea, the attorneys at Costello Porter can help.

Discrimination

 

Discrimination is broadly understood to be the effect of law or established practice that creates privileges on certain classes or groups of individuals while denying those same privileges to other classes or groups. Costello Porter attorneys have substantial knowledge in the multiple areas of law where discriminatory practices are prohibited.

Heather L Bogard

Divorce

Divorce law involves the seeking of the dissolution of a marriage through the courts. Divorces require the court to equitably divide the property between the persons getting divorced and will commonly also require the court to look at issues including who will receive custody of children and how much child support will be ordered. Costello Porter attorneys are equipped with a wealth of experience and are able to manage the many facets of divorce in order to resolve even the most complex divorce.

Phillip R Stiles
Shane M Pullman
Christopher A Christianson

DUIs

At Costello Porter we understand that if you have been suspected of or charged with a DUI it may have serious consequences on both your personal life and employment. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to make sure that the initial stop was proper, interaction with the police officer was appropriate and determine whether any constitutional protections were violated. Our attorneys will be with you every step of the process and will ensure you receive the best result possible.

Michaele S Hofmann

E-Commerce, Internet and Technology

E-cCommerce, iInternet, and tTechnology law covers a wide spectrum of legal issues. E-cCommerce law covers the sale and receipt of goods and services over the internet. Because the internet is not situated in a particular state or jurisdiction, many complicated legal questions arise when trying to resolve matters relating to the internet. Internet law involves the structure and content of the internet and transactions and communications that occur via the internet. Costello Porter has attorneys who have the necessary knowledge and experience to help you and your business with any eE-cCommerce, iInternet, or Ttechnology issue that may arise.

Donald A Porter
Shane M Pullman

Eminent Domain

 

Eminent Domain is the inherent power of a governmental entity to take privately owned property to put to public use. However, the governmental entity’s actions are subject to paying reasonable compensation. Costello Porter attorneys are widely experienced and knowledgeable in areas of property law, annexation, and eminent domain.

Edward C Carpenter

Joseph R Lux
Jess Pekarski

Employment Law

Employment Law is the resolution of disputes between employers and employees. These disputes include but are not limited to: discrimination claims, wrongful termination, and compensation discrepancies. At Costello Porter, our attorney’s are experienced in litigating, mediating, and working towards a positive resolution regarding these matters.

Heather L Bogard
Joseph R Lux
Jeffrey D Swett

Estate and Gift Taxation

When preparing an estate plan, it is imperative to understand what taxes the Federal gGovernment can levy on your estate or on an individual should the individual make a lifetime gift. At Costello Porter, we have attorney’s who have the experience necessary to help people get as much of their hard earned property to the intended individuals or charities as possible. 

Jess Pekarski
Jeffrey D Swett

Estate Planning

It is important to plan for your future, whether you are young or old. Estate planning includes documents such as powers of attorney, living wills, trusts and wills. These documents will help ensure that you will be taken care of in accordance with your wishes. At Costello Porter, our attorneys are well- versed in the drafting of such documents, will attentively listen to your wishes, and will create plans to ensure that these wishes are fulfilled. 

Joseph R Lux
Jess Pekarski
Melvin D Wedmore
Jeffrey D Swett

Family Law

 

Family Law is the body of law that encompasses marriage, divorce, adoption, child custody and support, child abuse and neglect, and other domestic-relations issues. At Costello Porter, we understand that families must, at times, rely on the law to help them through difficult situations. That is why we make every effort to keep abreast of changes in the law affecting families and will provide you with services founded in experience and knowledge to help you solve deep and personally difficult situations.

Phillip R Stiles

Shane M Pullman
Christopher A Christianson

Family Limited Partnerships

Family limited partnerships are a way for families, particularly ranchers and farmers, to manage landholdings and family business ventures in a way that can ensure that the assets held by the family, stay in the family. This type of entity is an effective tool in succession planning to begin transferring the business to future generations while maintaining control for the founding owners. At Costello Porter, our attorney’s have the knowledge and experience necessary to help families use a family limited partnership to accomplish their goals.

Joseph R Lux
Jess Pekarski
Jeffrey D Swett

Fire Loss

Fire losses can often times be a costly and devastating loss to a family or business. The attorneys at Costello Porter have a broad range of experience dealing with fire loss and can assist insurers, individuals, and businesses if a fire loss has occurred. Our attorneys work tirelessly to make sure that the responsible party is held accountable and the damages are fairly compensated. 

Edward C Carpenter

Foreclosures

Foreclosure can be a complicated process for both lenders and borrowers and typically occurs when payments have not been made on a loan that has been secured by real or personal property. The attorneys at Costello Porter have the experience to guide individuals and businesses through this process and will strive to accomplish our clients’ goals in an effective and efficient manner. 

Jeffrey D Swett
Joseph R Lux
Christopher A Christianson

Franchise Law

Franchise Law involves the creation, management, and regulation of franchises. A franchise is a business arrangement where someone pays a franchisor a fee or other form of payment for the right to distribute goods and services that bear the name or trademark of the franchisor, albeit under significant control or assistance from the franchisor. Common franchises include fast food restaurants and business service companies. Costello Porter attorneys have the knowledge to navigate the complex web of federal and state laws. If you are considering entering into a franchise agreement or creating a franchise yourself, contact the attorneys at Costello Porter.

Phillip R Stiles

Government Contracts

The attorneys at Costello Porter recognize the unique and complex issues that arise when doing business with the government. We can assist our clients with all aspects of government contracts from negotiating the initial contract to litigating the government’s breach of a contract. With many years of experience working in this practice area, Costello Porter can help you effectively and profitably do business with the government. 

Joseph R Lux
Edward C Carpenter

 

Guardianship
Health Care Law

Costello Porter works with hospitals, clinics, and healthcare providers to offer comprehensive legal services ranging from medical malpractice, healthcare regulations, employment needs, and health insurance coverage. Healthcare law is ever changing and Costello Porter remains on the forefront of legal issues related to healthcare to effectively represent its clients.

The attorneys at Costello Porter also deal with the needs of individuals who are wronged by healthcare providers. Costello Porter has the resources and expertise to guide you through challenging medical issues and litigation. Costello Porter attorneys can help you through your most trying times. 

Heather L Bogard
Jess Pekarski

HIPAA

Costello Porter attorneys have broad experience in the many issues regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its regulatory scheme. Healthcare providers and entities that are associated with healthcare providers must carefully handle volumes of patient medical information in a way that does not violate HIPAA. Costello Porter can help you understand the complicated rules and implement policies and procedures to help your entity become compliant with the regulations. 

Heather L Bogard
Joseph R Lux
Jeffrey D Swett
Michaele S Hofmann

Insurance Litigation

Whether it is representing an insurance company in recouping funds paid on behalf of an insured or representing policyholders seeking to enforce obligations of the insurance company, the attorneys at Costello Porter have extensive experience working with individuals and insurance companies. The attorneys at Costello Porter will work hard to make sure that the financial burden falls on the right party.

Heather L Bogard
Donald A Porter
Dennis H Hill

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property law involves the protection of ideas, art, expressions of creativity, and inventions. Intellectual Property is composed of four separate areas of law: copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Costello Porter has knowledgeable and experienced attorneys that can help you not only obtain protection for your intellectual property but also to enforce your rights against those who seek to wrongfully use your intellectual property.

Joseph R Lux
Shane M Pullman

Legal Malpractice

A legal malpractice claim involves the negligent or inappropriate actions or failures to act by an attorney that causes harm to the client. If an attorney has mismanaged your case, missed filing deadlines, or has otherwise failed to exercise ordinary skill or diligence and as a result you have been injured or your case was negatively impacted, you may have a case for legal malpractice. Attorneys at Costello Porter have knowledge, experience, and ability to review your potential case and to help you seek compensation from your previous attorney.

Gene R Bushnell
Dennis H Hill
Joseph R Lux

Limited Liability Companies

Whether you wish to establish a limited liability company or need assistance in managing the legal aspects of your business, Costello Porter can help. Our attorneys have experience in providing a wide range of legal services for limited liability companies, including operation of the company, contract negotiation, financing, mergers and acquisitions, employment matters, and sale of the assets or the company. A limited liability company can be an advantageous business entity, and here at Costello Porter, we have the right tools and expertise to help you and your business succeed. 

Joseph R Lux
Kenneth L Heisterkamp
Jess Pekarski
Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Living Wills

A living will is a document that details a person’s healthcare wishes in the event that they become incapacitated and can no longer make decisions. A living will can provide you with assurance that your wishes are carried out, and it will provide guidance for your loved ones during difficult times. Here at Costello Porter, our attorneys have years of experience in preparing these documents and in guiding clients through these difficult and important decisions. 

Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Mechanics' Liens

South Dakota law allows a person that has provided skill, labor, services or materials for the improvement, development or operation of property to file a mechanic’s lien against the property. The mechanic’s lien filing process is complicated, and the attorneys at Costello Porter can help ensure a party has filed a mechanic’s lien properly or help a property owner dispute an improperly filed mechanic’s lien. The attorneys at Costello Porter understand that a lien against a person’s property can have serious consequences and will work hard to make sure the correct procedure is followed, whether filing or defending against a mechanic’s lien.

Christopher A Christianson

Medical Malpractice

Costello Porter has vast experience providing comprehensive defense work for medical providers. Our attorneys have worked with nurses, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other medical providers.

 Costello Porter also provides plaintiffs with medical malpractice services if you have been wronged by your medical provider. Costello Porter can help guide you through the complex nature of a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to assess your medical situation and provide the legal assistance you need.

Edward C Carpenter
Heather L Bogard

Mergers and Acquisitions

 

At Costello Porter, our attorneys have the experience necessary to help all businesses, large and small, merge with and acquire other entities. Mergers and acquisitions is a complex area of the law that may also involve areas such as tax planning, corporate governance, and employment law. We strive to help you achieve your vision for your business and help it grow in the most profitable and efficient manner possible. 

Joseph R Lux

Jess Pekarski
Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Non-Profit Corporations

A non-profit corporation is typically an entity that seeks to obtain a tax exempt classification from the Internal Revenue Service in order to offer tax deductions to potential donors in order to maximize the amount of donations. At Costello Porter, we have attorneys who are experienced in guiding individuals who are seeking to set up a non-profit corporation and help obtain tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service so that your non-profit corporation can maximize its potential. 

Jess Pekarski
Christopher A Christianson

Partnerships

A partnership is a for-profit business association of two or more persons. The attorneys at Costello Porter can help you create, organize, and dissolve partnerships as governed by state law. Let Costello Porter assist you with your partnership issues and teach you about the intricacies of the different partnerships you can create to best suit your business needs.

Jess Pekarski
Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Patents

Patents are a type of intellectual property protection a person can obtain on their ideas. Patents are most commonly awarded to protect an invention or process but also can be obtained for certain designs, compositions of matter, or asexually reproducing plants. Patents afford the inventor an exclusive right to manufacture and sell the patented subject matter. Costello Porter attorney Shane M. Pullman is admitted to the patent bar and has the specialized knowledge and expertise to help you seek patent protection for your ideas and inventions. Additionally, Costello Porter attorneys have the experience and expertise necessary to assist you in enforcing your patent or defending you if you are faced with a patent infringement claim.

Shane M Pullman

Personal Injury

Costello Porter has spent over a century providing legal representation to individuals suffering from personal injury. Whether the injury relates to a car accident, medical malpractice, slip and fall or some other type of injury, the attorneys at Costello Porter work hard to ensure its clients receive compensation for harm such as medical treatment, loss of income, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you have suffered a personal injury, contact the attorneys at Costello Porter to protect your interests.

Gene R Bushnell
Heather L Bogard
Donald A Porter
Dennis H Hill
Shane M Pullman

Powers of Attorney

A Power of aAttorney can be used to help manage a person’s financial and/or medical affairs to ensure that the wishes of the person granting the power of attorney are followed. At Costello Porter Law Firm, our attorney’s have the experience necessary to advise and draft the appropriate documents to ensure that your loved ones can be cared for by the person they choose. 

Joseph R Lux
Jess Pekarski
Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Premises Liability

 

Whether you have been injured on the premises of another or if someone was injured on property that you own, the attorneys at Costello Porter Law Firm can help you through the legal steps involved in a premises liability action. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to ensure that your legal rights will be protected throughout a premises liability proceeding. From small claims to serious injuries, and everywhere in between, our clients feel comfortable relying on our legal and courtroom skills to receive the best possible outcome.

Joseph R Lux

Shane M Pullman

Prenuptial Agreements

 

A prenuptial agreement is a common legal step taken prior to marriage. The agreement establishes rights, such as property and financial rights of each spouse, in the event of a divorce. The lawyers at Costello Porter Law Firm can draft a personalized prenuptial agreement for you or review a prenuptial agreement prior to you signing it.

Phillip R Stiles

Shane M Pullman
Christopher A Christianson

Probate

Probate is the legal proceeding after a person’s death involving the appointment of a personal representative, notice to creditors, various court proceedings, and the final distribution of assets. Our attorneys realize that the probate process can be a difficult time for family members and will work hard to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. At Costello Porter Law Firm, our attorney’s are well- versed in complex as well as simple probates and always work to make the process as smooth and efficient as possible. 

Joseph R Lux
Jess Pekarski
Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Product Liability

 

If a person is injured while properly using a purchased product, they may have a claim under product liability law. Generally, compensable injuries are those that result from a design flaw or manufacturing defect that causes injury. If, however, the injured person altered the product or failed to follow proper instruction, the chances of a successful suit are diminished. Costello Porter Law Firm can help you evaluate your case and navigate the intricacies of product liability actions.

Gene R Bushnell

Dennis H Hill

Professional Liability

Many professionals, such as accountants, architects, lawyers, and medical and dental professionals, are held to heightened levels of care when performing their trade. If a professional has acted negligently or in a manner not befitting someone in that professional’s field and you were injured as a result, you may have a claim against that person under professional liability law. Lawsuits against professionals are complicated; however, Costello Porter Law Firm has the extensive knowledge and experience needed to effectively litigate professional liability cases.

Gene R Bushnell
Heather L Bogard

Property Development

Costello Porter Law Firm can assist you in many different aspects of property development, such as the structure of the transaction, land development, easements, covenants, and ordinances. Costello Porter Law Firm has represented landowners and developers in all phases of the development process. Our attorneys have vast experience in the area of land and property development and can assist you with all of your legal needs.

Edward C Carpenter
Jess Pekarski
Jeffrey D Swett

Property Law

The lawyers at Costello Porter Law Firm have represented buyers, sellers, brokers, and lenders in a variety of different areas that involve property law. This experience gives us the knowledge necessary to guide you through a property transaction, property dispute, land acquisition, land development, or condemnation or eminent domain proceeding for both commercial and residential properties. Whatever your property needs may be, the attorneys at Costello Porter Law Firm are here to help.

Jess Pekarski
Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Real Estate

The lawyers at Costello Porter Law Firm have represented buyers, sellers, brokers, and lenders in a variety of different areas that involve real estate law. This experience gives us the knowledge necessary to guide you through a real estate transaction, real estate dispute, land acquisition, land development, or condemnation or eminent domain proceeding for both commercial and residential properties. Whatever your real estate needs may be, the attorneys at Costello Porter Law Firm are here to help.

Jess Pekarski
Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Securities

 

The attorneys at Costello Porter Law Firm have experience advising companies on raising capital, helping new companies with private and limited public offerings, and working with complex state and federal securities laws. If you are in need of advice on securities laws, need assistance in drafting documents, or want to offer private or limited public offerings for your company, our lawyers can help you. We will be able to give you the legal advice you need when working with securities to ensure that you and your business succeed. 

Jess Pekarski

Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Stark Law

 

The Stark laws were created to prevent physicians from referring patients to clinics or medical facilities where that physician has an ownership or compensation interest. The Stark laws have been modified significantly since their inception in 1989 and must be monitored and followed closely to avoid non-compliance. The attorneys at Costello Porter Law Firm can help guide medical groups and physicians through the numerous regulations and exceptions to the Stark laws to help ensure compliance.

Heather L Bogard

Jess Pekarski

Succession Planning

The attorneys at Costello Porter Law Firm are knowledgeable in the practice of business succession planning, which is designed to guide a business to the next generation after the owner retires or passes away. This practice, often closely related to the practice of estate planning, gives our clients peace of mind concerning the continuation of their businesses and can help enhance the chances that the business will be successful for future generations. Our attorneys understand the complex issues that are involved in business succession planning and can help you, and your business, with your specific needs and goals. 

Jess Pekarski
Jeffrey D Swett

Tax Planning

 

The attorneys at Costello Porter Law Firm have a wealth of experience in taxation and the transfer of wealth. The transfer of one’s lifetime accumulation of wealth, the giving of certain gifts, or the sale of assets can involve substantial tax consequences. We not only listen to the goals of our clients in deciding a plan that will fit their specific needs, but we also use our knowledge and experience to obtain the most advantageous tax result. Our attorneys can help you plan for any transfer of wealth that may involve taxes and discuss the options that are available to you.

Jess Pekarski

Joseph R Lux
Jeffrey D Swett

Trade Secrets

A trade secret is business information that is confidential. Trade secrets can include customer lists, a recipe that cannot be reverse engineered, or any other valuable economic information. There is no registration of trade secrets as there is for copyrights, trademarks, and patents because to do so would involve disclosure of the trade secret. However, there are many technical and legal concerns regarding maintaining trade secrets and confidentiality. Costello Porter Law Firm has knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who can help you protect your trade secrets, create confidentiality agreements, and seek recourse against anyone who has or has attempted to obtain your trade secret through improper means.

Shane M Pullman

Trademarks

 

Trademarks are a form of intellectual property protection for names of businesses, names of products, and logos. A trademark will prevent others from starting to use names and logos similar to what you have trademarked and will thereby protect the reputation and goodwill that your business has created. Costello Porter Law Firm attorneys are prepared to help you protect your business’s name, goodwill, and reputation through the enforcement of your trademark rights. Costello Porter Law Firm can help you not only file for and obtain a trademark, but also enforce the trademark against anyone who subsequently infringes upon it.

Phillip R Stiles

Jeffrey D Swett
Shane M Pullman

Trust Administration

 

Trust administration is a necessary process that occurs from the creation to the final distribution of a trust. Trust administration involves overseeing the assets held within a trust. Certain steps must be taken to comply with state laws, preserve the federal estate tax exclusion amount, and transfer title to assets. The attorneys at Costello Porter Law Firm can help in all facets of trust administration.

Joseph R Lux

Jess Pekarski
Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Vehicle Accident

 

At one point or another, many people are involved in a collision involving a vehicle. However, not all of these collisions are accidents and one party may be responsible. At Costello Porter Law Firm, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to represent you if you are involved in a vehicle accident. We will work effectively and efficiently to represent your interests and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Donald A Porter

Heather L Bogard

Wills & Trusts

Costello Porter Law Firm has extensive experience drafting wills and trusts under South Dakota’s advantageous trust laws. Costello Porter Law Firm can help create living trusts, asset protection trusts, generation skipping trusts, dynasty trusts, and many other types of trusts to suit your estate planning needs. Costello Porter Law Firm can also draft your will to help ensure that your estate planning goals are accomplished. Costello Porter Law Firm also assists trustees, personal representatives, and beneficiaries with administration and with contested trust and estate litigation. 

Joseph R Lux
Jess Pekarski
Phillip R Stiles
Jeffrey D Swett

Worker's Compensation

 

Worker’s compensation is available to employees who get hurt while they are on the job and provides lost wages and medical coverage as a result of the injury. At Costello Porter Law Firm, our attorneys have the experience that is required to represent you if you are embroiled in a worker’s compensation dispute. 

Heather L Bogard

Wrongful Death

If a person’s death is caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another person, the family of the person who died may be entitled to damages. At Costello Porter Law Firm, our attorneys have the experience, knowledge, and determination to advocate for the families of those that have died as the result of the negligence or wrongful act of another person. 

Edward C Carpenter
Heather L Bogard
Donald A Porter