Forms now available for use with the new
Iowa Uniform Power of Attorney Act
In April of 2014, the General Assembly passed
and the Governor signed into law the Iowa Uniform Power of Attorney Act (Act)
pertaining to powers of attorney (POAs). The Act authorizes a principal to give
an agent (formerly called an attorney in fact) the authority to make decisions
regarding the principal’s property and finances. The Act will be codified in
Chapter 633B of the Iowa Code. It became effective yesterday, July 1.
The Act repeals the current provisions of the code
with respect to POAs. In contrast to these provisions which are limited in
nature, the Act constitutes a comprehensive legal framework for the creation
and use of POAs and furnishes specific guidance to and protections for
principals, agents and third parties. The Act is based largely on the Uniform
Power of Attorney Act drafted by the Uniform Law Commission, which can be seen here.
overview of the provisions of the Act with practice and drafting pointers for
attorneys prepared by Des Moines attorney Margaret Van Houten and University of
Iowa College of Law Professor Josephine Gittler is available here. The August issue of
the Iowa Lawyer magazine will have a more extensive article about the new Act
new Iowa Statutory Power of Attorney form approved by the ISBA’s Legal Forms
Committee is available here. This form replaces
ISBA Form 120. The new Iowa Statutory Power of Attorney Agent Certification
form, also approved by the ISBA’s Legal Forms Committee, is available here. In addition, both
forms are now available on IowaDocs® for those who subscribe to the service.
Supreme Court appoints/reappoints
attorneys to boards and commissions
orders filed June 19, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady appointed 30
attorneys and reappointed 36 attorneys to the court’s various boards and
commissions for three-year terms ending June 30, 2017.
boards and commissions receiving new and reappointed members included the
Attorney Disciplinary Board, the Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters, the
Board of Law Examiners, the Commission on Continuing Education, the Grievance
Commission and the Commission on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.
who was appointed and reappointed here.
President Feller discusses his goals
a video recorded the day after he became the ISBA’s 128th president,
Joe Feller talks about his goals for the coming year.
labels the goals under the banner "Back to Basics.” By "Back to Basics,” he
expects to rededicate the association to its three key missions – serving the
members, supporting the legal community and justice system in the state, and
serving the community at large.
the video for details on each
of the three missions.
Judges needed for national, internal competitions at U of I
College of Law
The University of Iowa College of Law is asking interested
attorneys to volunteer to judge a number of national and internal competitions
the college is hosting in the upcoming school year. Volunteers are being asked
to indicate their interest on this single volunteer
interest form by tomorrow, July 3.
In addition to its annual internal competitions, the college will host
the regional rounds of two national advocacy competitions -- the Region 14
National Moot Court Competition, and the American Collegiate Moot Court
Association's Upper Midwest Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament.
The U of I College of Law will contact all volunteers who sign up
on the interest form (above) to confirm specific dates and events. Questions
can be directed to Jessica
Malott at email@example.com.
YLD hosting social with judges in
Young Lawyers Division will host a social event with the judges of District 1B
next Wednesday, July 9, at 5:15 p.m., at Beck’s on University in Waterloo. The
social will be in the lower level of the sports brewery at 3295 University Ave.
See the flyer for more details.
now for the Solo & Small Firm Conference and Two-Person Best Shot Golf
is now available for the 2014 Solo & Small Firm Conference that will take
place at Honey Creek Resort near Moravia from August 14-16. Registration is also
available for the annual Two-Person Best Shot Golf Tournament at the Preserve
on the Honey Creek Resort grounds.
by the ISBA’s General Practice Section, the Solo & Small Firm Conference
features CLE presentations geared to those who practice alone or in a small
firm. Presentations will cover topics such as selling or transitioning a
practice, fee agreements and collections, making the practice work for you
instead of you working for it and building your practice using the internet. A
two-hour ethics session on Saturday morning focuses on the new advertising rules
and strategic alliances/fee splitting among law firms and non-law
Two-Person golf event takes place after the conference on Saturday, August 16. Registration begins at
10:30 a.m., with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and a shotgun start at
register for the conference, click here.
To register for the golf outing, click here.
Happy Independence Day!
Just a reminder that the ISBA office will be
closed Friday, July 4, to celebrate Independence Day. The office will re-open
on Monday, July 7. Have a happy and safe 4th!
The Iowa Lawyer Weekly is an electronic newsletter published
every Wednesday. Please submit comments, letters to the editor, articles, or
photos, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact information should be included with submissions. The ISBA reserves the
right to refuse any submission, but will take all submissions into
consideration for future publication.
Did You Know...
can receive price breaks on office supplies including computers and printers,
furniture, cleaning supplies and even promotional items such as pens, mugs,
hats, etc., through Staples? The ISBA is part of the Staples Advantage program
that makes discounts on commonly used items in the law practice available to
members. Contact Renee via email at Renee.Dunatchik@staples.com, or via phone at
800-693-9900, Ext. 24729 for more information.
Benefit of the Week
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Iowa Supreme Court Decisions
June 27, 2014
PALMER COLLEGE OF
CHIROPRACTIC vs. DAVENPORT CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION and AARON CANNON
Appeal from the Iowa
District Court for Scott County, Gary D.McKenrick, Judge.
sought judicial review of civil rights commission’s determination school had
discriminated on the basis of disability. The district court reversed the
decision of the civil rights commission. REVERSED AND REMANDED WITH
GOODPASTER vs. SCHWAN'S HOME SERVICE, INC. and TODD SWANSON, Individually and
in His Corporate Capacity
from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Douglas F. Staskal, Judge.
appeals from the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of
defendant. REVERSED AND REMANDED FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS.
PHILLIPS vs. CHICAGO CENTRAL & PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY, a Delaware
from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Mark Eveloff, Judge.
railroad employee appeals a district court order finding an employer satisfied
the judgment in a case filed pursuant to the Federal Employers’ Liability Act. AFFIRMED.