Bradley & Riley PC

Janice J. Kerkove

Tel/Direct: 319-861-8763
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA


While advising business owners and others on gift, estate, and tax planning issues, Janice focuses on achieving the client’s desired results while addressing situations that could create future family discord.  Janice also counsels individual and corporate fiduciaries in the administration of estates and trusts and serves as a consultant on probate/trust litigation matters handled by members of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

Assistant: Alice
Assistant's Phone: 319-861-8741
Assistant's Email:


  • Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, Indiana Wesleyan University, 1995
  • Juris Doctorate with highest honors, Drake University, 1999
    • Order of the Coif
    • Internship with Associate Probate Judge Ruth Klotz

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa State Courts


  • Listed in Chambers High Net Worth Guide
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 and 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Trusts and Estates
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
  • Listed in Great Plains Super Lawyers® for Estate Planning & Probate
  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Charter Member Iowa Academy of Trust and Estate Counsel

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Probate and Trust Law Section
      • Current Council Appointee
      • Past Council, Secretary, Chair
      • Probate Manual Committee, Past Chair and Current Member
    • Taxation Section
      • Co-Chair Iowa Annual Spring Tax Institutes for 2003 and 2012
    •  Elder Law Section
  • Linn County Bar Association
  • Cedar Rapids Estate Planning Council
    • Past Board Member
  • Iowa Academy of Trust and Estate Counsel
    • Current Board Member
    • Current Secretary

Civic and Volunteer Involvement

  • Drake University Law School, Board of Counselors
  • Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Board Member
  • Kirkwood Foundation Planned Giving Committee, Member
  • Waypoint, Board of Trustees Member
  • Horizons, A Family Service Alliance, Past Director, Board Chair, and Finance Committee Member
  • Cub Scout Pack 327 Hawkeye Area Council, Past Treasurer
  • American Heart Association Heart Walk, Past Bradley & Riley Team Captain
  • Professional and Technical Diversity Network of Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Board of Directors, Past Director

Professional Experience

  • Joined Bradley & Riley PC in 1999
  • Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group, Prior Chair

Speeches and Publications

  • “Hot Topics in Probate & Trust Law,” Co-Presenter, IATEC Annual Meeting (2021).
  • “Iowa Uniform Custodial Trust Act,” Co-Presenter, ISBA Annual Meeting (2021).
  • “Top 10 Probate Topics in ISBA Engage Listserv,” Co-Presented, ISBA Tax School (2021).
  • “Guardianship/Conservatorship Possibilities & Practicalities,” Panel Member, Iowa Academy of Trusts and Estates Counsel (2019)
  • “Hot Topics from the ISBA Probate Listserv,” Co-Presenter, ISBA Annual Meeting (2019). 
  • “Issues from the ISBA Probate Listserv,” Co-Presenter, ISBA Tax School (2018). 
  • “How the New Tax Laws Influence Estate Planning,” Panel Member, Iowa Spring Tax Institute (2018)
  • “Top 10 Issues from ISBA Probate Listserv,” Co-Presenter, ISBA Tax School (2017).
  • “Current Topics of Interest in Probate & Trust Law,” Co-Presenter, IATEC Annual Meeting (2017).
  • “Lessons from Celebrity Estate Planning Gone Wrong with a Side of Ethics,” Iowa Spring Tax Institute (2017)
  • “New Regulations Under IRC 2704(B),” Iowa Academy of Trusts and Estates Counsel (2016)
  • “Federal Estate Tax Portability,” MidWestOne Bank Professional Advisors Seminar (2016)
  • “Guardianship & Conservatorship Tips & Tricks,” University of Iowa Probate & Trust Law Seminar (2015)
  • ISBA Probate Manual, Co-Editor (2006, 2009, 2010 and 2015 Editions)
  • “The New Iowa Power of Attorney Act,” Panel Member, Cedar Rapids Area Estate Planning Council (2014)
  • “Estate Planning,” ISBA YLD Nuts & Bolts Seminar (2014)
  • “Counseling Clients & Other Practice Pointers session of The New Iowa Power of Attorney Act,” Panel Member, National Health Law & Policy Resource Center University of Iowa College of Law (2014)
  •  “Practical Estate Planning Panel session of the Farm Estate and Business Planning Seminar,” Panel Member, ISU Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation (2014)
  • “Client Counseling Panel,” Panel Member, University of Iowa Probate & Trust Law Seminar (2013)
  • “Estate Planning,” ISBA YLD Nuts & Bolts Seminar (2013)
  • “Planning in a Changing Environment,” Cedar Rapids Elderly Consortium (2012)
  • “Joint Tenancy and Payable-on-Death Ownership: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Non-Probate Transfers in Estate Planning & Administration,” Panel Member, Cedar Rapids Area Estate Planning Council (2012)
  • “Estate Planning for Non-Citizens,” American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Big 10 Regional Meeting (2011)
  • “Practical Strategies for Drafting Buy-Sell Agreements to Avoid Tax Pitfalls, Family Disharmony, and Litigation,” University of Iowa College of Law Probate CLE (2011)
  • Inheritance Rights of Omitted Children, Living Well Magazine (Fall 2011)
  • Avoiding Probate – The Cure Can Sometimes be Worse Than the Disease, Living Well Magazine (2011)
  • “Substitute Decision Making: Who’s On First?” Panel Member, Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting (2010)
  • “Effective Use of Disclaimers,” Iowa Spring Tax Institute (2010)
  • “Charitable Trust Registration” (2009)
  • “Iowa Inheritance Tax Review,” Iowa Spring Tax Institute (2006)
  • “Planning for the Period Between Incapacity and Death,” Cedar Rapids Estate Planning Council (2006)
  • “Valuation Discounts & Gifting Considerations in Estate Planning,” Co-Presenter, Kirkwood Community College Foundation (2005)
  • “Probate and Trust Law,” Chapter 13.24 of the Iowa Legal Research Guide (2003)
  • “Overcoming the Ostrich Syndrome” Estate Planning Workshop, Mount Mercy College Women’s Symposium (2003)
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