Breandan Donahue

Breandan-Donahue

Providing Personalized Planning

BREANDAN DONAHUE

Estate Planning Attorney in Sioux City, IA and Sioux Falls, SD

Breandan Donahue provides personalized planning to individuals and families in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. He is an estate planning attorney at Goosmann Trust Law Counsel, a boutique estate and succession planning department within Goosmann’s full-service law firm. Breandan assists individuals and families in planning their legacy, aiming to protect client wealth, support business succession, reduce taxes and fees, and, ultimately, ensure there is someone to listen to their wishes and implement them. Breandan’s goal for his clients is to replace uncertainty and fear with assurance and peace of mind knowing they have a plan in place that is worth it.

CONTACTS

Direct: (712) 226-7410

Office: (712) 226-4000

Fax: (712) 224-4517

Cell: (712) 202-3626

Breandan received his Juris Doctor at one of the top law schools in the nation on the east coast, the University of Virginia School of Law. While attending law school, Breandan was an editorial board member for the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology. He also participated in the school’s elder law clinic designed to help individuals with low means create a plan to provide them peace of mind. Prior to joining the Goosmann Trust Law Counsel, Breandan did a legal fellowship in Omaha, Nebraska at the Nebraska Methodist Health System.

Breandan is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, the Iowa State Bar Association’s Probate, Trust & Estate Planning Section and Taxation Section, the Nebraska State Bar Association, the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, Siouxland Estate Planning Council, Sioux Falls Estate Planning Council, Prairie Family Business Association, Iowa Trust Association, South Dakota Trust Association, WealthCounsel®, and is President of the board for Sculpt Siouxland.

Breandan was interested in becoming an estate planning attorney because he has always gravitated to the cooperative aspects of law. “Estate planning in particular reaches out to me because I can feel the practical, day-to-day benefit the process has on those I assist; it is measurable in a way beyond just helping families cope with the rules and laws out there. Through the planning process, I regularly work with new and diverse people, each individual and family bringing their own circumstances, values, and goals to the process. This exposure to new perspectives and issues keeps the work exciting, and at the end of the day, there is a feeling of a good deed done when I help someone with their unique concerns in planning for the future,” says Breandan.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Income & Retirement Planning
  • Asset Protection
  • Business & Succession Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Probate & Trust Administration
  • Estate Litigation

LICENSED IN: Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Breandan’s “Why”

In Breandan’s free time he enjoys running, taekwondo, and spending time with family. He is a taekwondo black belt and a habitual consumer of fantasy literature, horror movies, and college football. He is a huge fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and can be found watching all the games during football season. Fun fact about Breandan – he comes from an artistic family with his sister being a professional dancer and his father, a wildlife artist. Breandan also has an appreciation for the arts as President of the board for Sculpt Siouxland, a non-profit organization of community leaders who are dedicated to engaging and educating the public on the potential of art in public spaces. Another interesting fact about Breandan is that he is a wannabe lexicologist. A lexicologist is someone who studies the formation, meaning, and use of words – probably wouldn’t want to play scrabble against Breandan!

University of Virginia School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2012

  • Virginia Law Scholarship
  • Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, Editorial Board Member
  • Elder Law Clinic

Hillsdale College, Bachelor of Arts in English, 2005

  • Grewcock Full-Tuition Scholarship
  • Honor’s Program

Nebraska Methodist Health System: Omaha, Nebraska

  • Legal Fellowship, 2012-2013

Charles L. Weber Law Firm: Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Summer Associate, 2011

First Court of Appeals: Houston, Texas

  • Summer Law Clerk, 2010

Tenth Judicial District: Hastings, Nebraska

  • Summer Law Clerk, 2010

State: Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota

American Bar Association, Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section

Iowa State Bar Association, Probate, Trust & Estate Planning Section; Taxation Section

Nebraska State Bar Association

Siouxland Estate Planning Council

National Association of Estate Planners and Councils

Prairie Family Business Association

WealthCounsel®

Sculpt Siouxland, Board of Directors

Sioux Fall Estate Planning Council

"Protecting Assets and Preserving Wealth", May 2016

“5 things You Should Know About Domestic Asset Protection Trusts,” Midwest Medical Edition (MED Magazine), 2015

“Handling Contributions and Tax Deductions, Liability of Directors and Officers,” National Business Institute: Tax Exempt Organizations From Start to Finish

“Estate Plan: End of Year Checklist”, Midwest Medical Edition (MED Magazine), 2014

“Understanding More about Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts”

“How to Successfully Stage Your Business Succession Plan”

“Charitable Estate Planning,” Siouxland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2014

“Managing the Inventory,” National Business Institute: The Probate Process From Start to Finish

“Family Farm Succession Planning,” Take Root Discussion Panel Member – Iowa Farm Bureau

Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016, 2015 & 2014

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