pay special court assessment in 2014
Iowa-licensed attorneys, except those on full-time military service and
registered house counsel, will see an increase in the fees they pay with
their Annual Client Security Report in 2014.
in full-time private practice will pay a special assessment of $140 in addition
to the $175 fee they pay for support of the lawyer discipline system. Lawyers
in part-time private practice, judges, government lawyers and corporate lawyers
who are subject to the special assessment will pay $70 on top of the $175
additional fees are necessary to support the increase in claim reimbursement
limits, assessments and the sufficiency threshold calculation for the Client Security
Trust Fund. Those changes in the court rules were adopted Nov. 26 after
comments from several constituencies and groups.
a summary of the changes to court rules 39 and 40 on the judicial branch
Foundation reminds friends of deceased attorneys to consider memorial gifts to
board of directors of the Iowa State Bar Foundation is asking friends of the
attorneys who died during 2013 to consider making a gift to the foundation in
the person’s memory. The request is particularly timely as the 2013 calendar
year winds down and individuals are looking for opportunities to deduct
charitable contributions on their income tax returns.
memorial contribution to the foundation helps fund numerous law-related
projects important to lawyers and Iowa citizens. The contribution will be
recognized by the foundation in its publications and in a personal notification
to the families of the deceased attorneys.
can make a contribution in two main ways: 1) Go to the ISBA website and click
on "Contributions” under the "Store” tab in the gold bar near the top of the
homepage. Click on "Iowa State Bar Foundation” and follow the instructions. The
process is similar to buying an item online. 2) Send a check made out to the
Iowa State Bar Foundation to Mary Hill, foundation liaison, at 625 East Court
Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309. Please note on the check or in accompanying
correspondence the name of the person for whom the memorial gift is given.
see a list of names of those attorneys who died in 2013, click here.
district nominating commissions due end of the year
deadline for nominating individuals to be on the ballot next month for the
election of judicial district nominating commissioners is fast approaching.
order to be listed on the ballot, an eligible elector must file a nominating
petition in the State Court Administrator’s office on or before Jan. 1. There
are two vacancies (one man and one woman) in every judicial election district.
for a blank petition form. Contact Tina Schweitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or via phone at 515-281-5241 with questions.
Don’t fall short on ethics credits
to Iowa Supreme Court Rules 41.3 and 42.1 now require that Iowa-licensed
attorneys have three hours of ethics every two years. If you’re short on ethics
hours, consider participating in one or more of the three ethics seminars the
ISBA is sponsoring before the end of the year.
three include: "Taxation Legal Ethics” tomorrow (Dec. 19), "Responding to
Ethics Complaints,” Friday (Dec. 20) and "Impaired Lawyers: The Impact on the
Person and Ethics” Tuesday (Dec. 31).
details about each, as well as registration information, is available on the ISBA
your CLE credit status
sure where you stand on the required 15 hours of CLE credit for 2013? Or on the
required ethics hours?
Check out your status with the CLE Commission
on the Office of Professional Regulation’s website. The address is: www.iacourtcommissions.org. You
can look up how many hours of CLE programs have been approved for state
and ethics hours. You can also see how many hours you have carried over.
Best wishes for this holiday season from President Guy Cook
and his family including Jimi Hendrix, his late son John’s dog, shown here with
Santa! May you have a joy-filled Holiday and a prosperous, successful New Year!
Note: The next Iowa Lawyer Weekly newsletter will be published after the
holidays on Wednesday, Jan. 8. However,
we will publish a special edition before that time if news develops that would
have a significant impact on members.
A reminder, too, that the bar
office will close at noon on Tuesday,
Dec. 24, and be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Did You Know...
a member of The Iowa State Bar Association, you have access to at least a dozen
practice tools to assist you with your practice? Simply click on "Practice
Tools” on the home page of the ISBA website (www.iowabar.org),
then select the tool you want to use.
Benefit of the Week
2013 Probate & Trust Law Manual
new edition of the Probate & Trust Law Manual is now available to ISBA members at a discounted member price.
The new probate manual includes:
• Information List
• Checklist of Important Dates
• Checklist of Important Dates (Estates)
• Probate Manual Forms (PMF) (Estates)
• Probate Manual Forms (CSTF) (Trusts)
• Probate Manual Forms (GCF) (Guardianships and Conservatorships)
• Asset and Debt List
• Estate Procedures Checklist
• Checklist for Probate without Present Administration
• Probate Manual Letters (PML)
• Internet Links
The manuals will not be available until the beginning of 2014. To pre-order your copy, please click here. Members, please make sure to sign in to get the reduced member rate.
Iowa Supreme Court DecisionsDecember 13, 2013
D. SCHAEFER and ELAINE M. SCHAEFER vs. DALE L. PUTNAM, PUTNAM LAW OFFICE, and
from the Iowa District Court for Cerro Gordo County, James M. Drew, Judge.
farm creditor seeks further review of a court of appeals decision reversing a
district court ruling that found it had subject matter jurisdiction to
foreclose a mortgage on agricultural property. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS
VACATED IN PART AND AFFIRMED IN PART; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED.
ROOT vs. TALTON TONEY
from the Iowa District Court for Howard County, Margaret L. Lingreen, Judge.
challenges the venue of the district court that issued a domestic abuse
protective order against him. AFFIRMED.