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IA Free Legal Answers is live, first question answered

Thursday, May 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Zach Zuber
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The ISBA is pleased to announce that the IA Free Legal Answers website, part of a nationwide ABA pro bono initiative, is now live and that an ISBA Volunteer Attorney answered the first question posted. IA Free Legal Answers is designed like a virtual walk-in legal clinic where qualified clients post questions to the secure website. 

The Iowa Find-A-Lawyer website,, is the ISBA’s public facing website and serves as the portal for IA Free Legal Answers. Interested members of the public can click on the “Free Legal Help” button on the right side of the Iowa Find-A-Lawyer homepage to find low income legal assistance resources, including IA Free Legal Answers. Prior to submitting civil legal questions, IA Free Legal Answers users must respond to a few questions to see if they qualify to use the service. 

More volunteer attorneys are needed to answer questions in family law, housing, consumer debt, work issues, public benefits, probate and guardianship. Attorneys who want to volunteer can receive email notifications when client questions are submitted in their legal practice area of interest, may remain anonymous to clients (with limited exceptions), and are covered by the ABA’s Free Legal Answers malpractice insurance. Volunteer attorneys can log in to the site from anywhere at their convenience to answer client questions. A commitment of approximately one hour per month can serve approximately five people and can be counted as pro bono publico service pursuant to Iowa Supreme Court Rule 32: 6.1. 

If you are interested in signing up to help, please send an email to

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