The Iowa State Bar Association does not provide direct legal services nor do we provide referrals to individual lawyers. Below is a variety of information and services for the public -- from consumer legal information to information about the attorney grievance process.
If possible, you should always talk to an attorney for help with your legal issues. The materials and resources available below are not a substitute for legal advice.
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Selecting a Lawyer
It is important to select an attorney who can help with the specific legal problem. Most lawyers practice in certain areas, and only take cases in their practice areas. An attorney who cannot help you may still be able to refer you to an attorney or law firm that does handle your type of legal matter. If you call a law office and learn they do not practice the type of law you need help with, ask them if they can recommend another firm. The Iowa State Bar Association offers a Find-A-Lawyer Service to help clients find lawyers. Access the Find-A-Lawyer service below and read suggestions on how to choose a lawyer.
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Jury service is one of the most important duties of citizenship. The right to trial by jury is one of the most important guarantees of our freedom contained in the U. S. Constitution. However, this right would not mean very much without people who were willing to serve as jurors. When you are summoned to jury service, please answer the call to serve. It is your civic duty. It is your chance to participate directly in our democracy. To learn more about Iowa's jury selection process, please follow the links below.
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View the latest jury instructional video - "A Jury of Our Peers"
Several commonly used legal forms are available freely online. Below is a link to many of these forms. Please remember you should always confer with an attorney if you have any questions about the law.
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In Iowa there are limited resources and programs available to provide free legal assistance. When you call a program to request assistance, you will be screened for eligibility. A client is eligible for assistance if their income falls within the established guidelines and if the case fits within the priorities set by the program. Not all clients who financially qualify will be able to receive assistance because of the limited staff or volunteer resources of the programs.
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Older Iowan Resource Guide
This Information and Resource Guide is provided as a service for seniors, their families and friends to assist them in finding basic information and locating services for Iowa senior citizens. This service is provided by the Iowa State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section and is intended for use as a general resource and starting point. It is not intended to provide individual professional advice. More specific information can be obtained by contacting the listed resources or by seeking the services of professionals in these areas of concentration.
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Working to maintain high ethical standards in the legal profession, the Iowa Supreme Court established a system of reviewing complaints against lawyers for unethical conduct. No tax dollars are involved and the system is funded wholly from fees paid annually to the Client Security Fund of Iowa by Iowa attorneys.
The following link below will assist you if you have hired or worked with an Iowa attorney and are experiencing problems. Please consider all the information provided before filing a complaint with the Iowa Board of Professional Ethics.
Attorney discipline information
Client Security Fund
The Client Security Commission manages a fund, generated from contributions from lawyers and judges, that reimburses clients of lawyers who have misappropriated or lost a client's money. The purpose of the fund is to prevent defalcations by members of the lowa bar, and insofar as practicable, to provide for the indemnification by the profession for losses caused to the public by the dishonest conduct of members of the bar of this state. The fund also covers the cost of administering the lawyer disciplinary system and other programs which impact the disciplinary system. The commission advises the court on policies involving the administration of the fund.
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Every two years, Iowa voters are asked to vote on whether justices on the Supreme Court, through judges on the Court of Appeals, District, District Associate and Associate Juvenile Courts should be retained in office. The retention question always appears in even numbered years. The Iowa State Bar Association, in an effort to help the public know how its member attorneys who practice before the judges whose names appear on the ballot feel, conducts its statewide Judicial Performance Evaluation before the election and makes the results public. "The Iowa State Bar Association’s Judicial Performance Evaluation represents our effort, as a service to the people and their government, to provide the public with information based on the first-hand observations of its members."
"You and the Law" Video Series and Brochures
The "You and the Law" video series and brochures were prepared as a public service by The Iowa State Bar Association's various committees and sections and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement of the law. Iowa laws change frequently and could affect the information in these pamphlets. If you have specific questions with regard to any matters contained in these pamphlets you are encouraged to consult an attorney. If you need an attorney please visit our Find-A-Lawyer service.
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