Thatcher & Livingston, P.L.C.

We are a general practice law firm offering assistance in the areas of estate planning, probate and estate administration, business and commercial law, real estate law, criminal law, and family law.

About Us


William J. Thatcher

Attorney at Law

Thatcher 8479William Thatcher has been practicing law for over forty years in Fort Dodge and is a general practitioner who works primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate, real estate, and business law.   A graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High, he received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in 1970 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1973. After completing his education, William returned to Fort Dodge and joined the Webster County Attorney’s Office.  He served as County Attorney from 1975 to 1978 and as a part-time United States Magistrate.  William is a judicial magistrate for Webster County, a position that he has held for over thirty years.   He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Webster County Bar Association, and the Iowa Association of Magistrate Judges.

William has served the community in numerous capacities, including leadership positions with Fort Dodge H.O.M.E., the Fort Dodge Salvation Army, the Prairie Gold Council of Boy Scouts, Friendship Haven, Trinity Regional Medical Center, the Iowa Health Facilities Council, and the First United Methodist Church Endowment Committee.

In his private life, William enjoys flying his airplane, traveling, fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Sarah Livingston

Attorney at Law



We offer comprehensive estate planning services to help you leave to the next generation what you have worked so hard to earn.  With an understanding of tax implications, we can draft a will or set up a trust for you to pass on your property.  We can also work with you to establish a living will and powers of attorney to provide future guidance to your family and medical providers.  After the death of a loved one, we can assist in the administration and probate of the estate.


We offer assistance to those buying or selling real estate by drafting any necessary documents, completing title opinions, and performing closings.  We can also help those involved in property disputes or landlord/tenant disputes reach a resolution of their issues.


We can help you establish a business entity such as a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or any other business form that suits your company’s needs.  We also offer businesses legal advice and assistance with drafting contracts and other commercial documents.


As former prosecutors, we understand the criminal justice system and can provide effective representation in both misdemeanor and felony matters.  We will utilize our knowledge and experience to attempt to gain the best outcome in your case whether that be an acquittal or a plea bargain.


We offer advice and assistance during the difficult time of a divorce or child custody dispute.  We also provide representation for Child in Need of Assistance matters or your interactions with the Iowa Department of Human Services.



Please contact us with any other type of legal matter.


136 North Ninth Street
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

Phone: (515) 573-7612

Fax: (515) 573-7581

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