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The Iowa State Bar Association Members Celebrate Pro Bono By Taking Cases
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The ISBA’s annual Pro Bono Celebration is during the month of October. The celebration is an effort to showcase the great difference that pro bono lawyers make in our state, its system of justice and, most of all, to the clients they serve.

This celebration provides an opportunity for The Iowa State Bar Association to commemorate the contributions of Iowa's lawyers. The ISBA Access to Justice Committee also reminds us that the month is also dedicated to the quest for more pro bono volunteers to meet the ever-growing legal needs of this state’s most vulnerable citizens.

The Pro Bono Celebration focuses attention to the legal work lawyers do in their communities to improve the lives of their friends and neighbors. One of our nation’s guiding principles is "Justice For All”. Iowans of limited means face urgent legal problems such as foreclosures, loss of parental rights, consumer debt, evictions, and lives paralyzed by domestic violence. They have rights; but 80% of the time those rights are lost, because they cannot get the legal help they need to enforce or defend them. To help bridge that "Justice Gap”, Iowa’s lawyers last year donated over 15,000 hours of pro bono legal help to the poor. But it was far from enough.

As we take this opportunity to celebrate Pro Bono, let us be mindful that there is more to be done. Collectively as a profession, we can join together and recommit ourselves to serving the needs of our state’s most vulnerable citizens. Each of us can make a difference in the life of one person who is seeking access to justice. The ISBA Access to Justice Committee has laid out this expectation for all Iowa lawyers.

With this in mind, The Iowa State Bar Association has determined that the best way to celebrate pro bono is to actually take cases and do the work. Therefore, we are embarking on an endeavor with a grand aspirational goal. The goal: "Every client who is waiting for a volunteer, will get an attorney to assist them.”

To accomplish this, we need your assistance. This project will consist of a data base or "master” list of all the cases that are currently waiting to be placed by one of the vlp programs in the state. The list is attached by this link for your review. There are over 170 cases awaiting your attention. Please take a look at the cases that are available in your county or area and consider volunteering to take one. When you find a case that you are willing to accept, simply click on the link which will connect you to the email of the placement program responsible for the case. You will be contacted directly by that program with the details of the case that you have selected.

The "master” list of cases will be updated daily to show the progress in meeting our goal of 100% placement. You will receive frequent emails and information through the Iowa lawyer Weekly during the next several weeks. This initiative is a coordinated effort of all the pro bono programs in Iowa. Please consider how you can make a difference in the life of an Iowan in need of access to justice.

If you have any question about Pro Bono and this project, contact Brett Toresdahl at the ISBA Public Service Project, 515-244-8617 or contact your local pro bono projects. They are: Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (Carol Burdette, Executive Director, at 515-243-3904), Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project (Julie Hernandez, Coordinator, at 800-798-0311), and Pro Bono Project of HELP Legal Assistance and the Scott and Clinton County Bar Associations (Bob Heimer, Deputy Director, at 563-322-6216).

Take a look at the list and select a case! Thank you for your commitment to "access to justice”! 


ADAMS: Divorce - Client reports OP has been physically abusive. Three children of the marriage are with client. OP sees children rarely and pays no support. Marital home and personal property to divide. No debt. ksmith@iowalaw.org

Placed BENTON: Divorce – Client wants a divorce. Abuse by OP. One child of marriage resides with client. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Custody Modification - Client seeks help in modifying custody decree to provide for supervised visits. Opposing party has not been exercising visitation, and was recently arrested for selling prescription medication. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Minor guardianship - Client agreed to guardianship of daughter due to financial hardship. Guardians allow very limited contact between client and child. Client hopes to eventually terminate guardianship and for child to be returned to her care but would at least like regular enforceable visitation. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Guardianship/custody/adoption - Client learned of child when child was six. A CiNA was brought on behalf of the child who was eventually removed from the OP's care and placed with client. Client was made the guardian. Client would like to be established as the custodial parent.jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Divorce - Client wants a divorce. History of domestic violence. One child of marriage. No real property. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Divorce - Client has filed pro se but she and OP have not been able to reach agreement regarding two issues: which may take tax deduction for one minor child and whether child can be made to visit OP. Child – age 16 – so far refuses. History of domestic violence. Separated 2 years. No real property. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Divorce - Client wants a divorce. There are two children of the marriage. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Minor guardianship - Client has cared for three year-old nephew for more than a year. Mother has signed power of attorney. Father is not known. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Guardianship/conservatorship of mother - Client believes nephews who live with her mother are taking advantage of the mother and not providing care she needs. Bank official became concerned and alerted client to certain activities. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Custody - Client would like to establish custody. She and OP are unmarried parents of two children, eighteen and five months. Domestic violence but not reported. OP wants each parent to have one child. Client wants children to stay together and in her care. OP has two OWIs. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Custody - Client and OP are parents of one child. CiNA brought on behalf of child due to OP’s drug use. Child placed with client. Concurrent jurisdiction granted. Client wants to be established as permanent custodial parent. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Modification of visitation - Client wants children's father's visitation to be supervised. Founded report that father's stepson molested parties' daughter. Client believes OP does not adequately supervise and protect children when they are in his home. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Divorce - Client wants divorce. Separated three years ago due to domestic violence including 2011 conviction. Three children reside with client. No real property. Personal property divided. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Divorce - Client wants a divorce. Parties separated in 2009. One child. Client is allowed visitation at OP’s discretion. It is at times unclear to client whether that child is residing with OP or OP’s mother. When OP went to prison she gave her mother guardianship. Client suspects his child has been molested by a stepbrother. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Custody - Client is the respondent in a custody action. Client and OP are the unmarried parents of one child. History of domestic violence. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Divorce - Client has filed for divorce from abusive husband. Client is essentially homeless and without reliable transportation. Both she and her volunteer attorney believe she would be better served by an attorney more centrally located (in Waterloo). jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Parental rights termination and adoption – Client has cared for nephew for most of child’s life. Biological parents are expected to cooperate. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Visitation – Client would like to modify visitation terms of divorce. OP has not complied with visitation schedule and has been arrested for sale of prescription drugs. Client would like visitation to be supervised. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Divorce – Client is the respondent in a divorce. No minor children. Primary issues will be distribution of property. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

Placed BLACK HAWK: Guardianship – Client wants to establish guardianship of grandchild placed in her care by child’s parents. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Divorce – Client is the respondent in a divorce. Client is disabled. No children of marriage. Support and distribution of property are issues. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

Placed BLACK HAWK: Guardianship – Client wants guardianship of niece who is in client’s care. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Guardianship – Client wants to be made guardian of nephew placed in her care by child’s mother. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Divorce – Client wants a divorce. Separated from OP for many years following severe abuse. No property. No children of marriage but disestablishment of paternity will be an issue. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BLACK HAWK: Divorce – Client is the respondent in a divorce. Two children of marriage. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

Placed BLACK HAWK: Tax – Client needs help regarding tax debt from substituted 2006 return and with determining whether there is tax liability for other years. jhernandez@ioawlaw.org

BOONE: Adoption - Client has two children and would like to terminate the parental rights of the biological father and proceed with a step-parent adoption. Client believes the biological father would consent to the termination. ksmith@iowalaw.org

Placed BOONE: Divorce - Client wants help with a divorce. Parties have been separated over two years, and opposing party hasn't seen the child in nearly two years. There is a history of serious domestic abuse. ksmith@iowalaw.org

Placed BREMER: Divorce – Client is the respondent in a divorce. No children. Distribution of property and debt are issues. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

BUENA VISTA: Custody Modification - Client needs assistance modifying custody order. Opposing party was awarded sole physical custody of the parties' minor child, but has since been incarcerated for sexual abuse of a minor. ksmith@iowalaw.org

CARROLL: Adoption - Client is wanting her husband to adopt her son. The husband wants to adopt the son, and the biological father is in agreement. ksmith@iowalaw.org

CASS: Guardianship – Client’s children are under guardianship. The guardian does not allow contact. Client would like scheduled visitation. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

Placed CERRO GORDO: Will – Simple Will and durable healthcare power of attorney. No real estate owned. kcalhoun@iowalaw.org

CLAY: Divorce - Client seeks assistance with getting a divorce and custody of her two children. Opposing party has not had contact with the children in nearly 5 years. ksmith@iowalaw.org

CLAYTON: Divorce – Client wants to file for divorce estranged spouse who is tormenting her, contacting her up to 100 times a day to threatened and denigrate her, no minor children. ABissell@iowalaw.org

CRAWFORD: Custody - Client would like help filing for custody. Parties' have one child together, and have been separated 5 years. DHS has been heavily involved with child, and with opposing party's other child. ksmith@iowalaw.org

DALLAS: Custody - Client seeks assistance with a custody action. There is a history of domestic abuse. One minor child. Client plans to start college in the fall. ksmith@iowalaw.org

DALLAS: Divorce - Client seeks divorce and custody. One minor child of the marriage. History of verbal abuse. ksmith@iowalaw.org

DALLAS: Divorce - The client and OP have been separated for five years. OP assaulted the client in 2009 and was incarcerated from 2009 to 2013. The parties' two children do not know OP. Client wants sole custody. No joint property or debt. ksmith@iowalaw.org

DES MOINES: SSI - Client is seeking help with termination of disability benefits. Client been disability since the age of 3. Client has appealed and now at the Reconsideration stage no hearing date yet. jwalker@iowalaw.org

DES MOINES: Custody - Client has been dealing with DHS and her child for some time now. DHS is recommending that client get the custody order modified giving her discretion of allowing visitation. DHS says they will only consider termination of parental rights of both parents not just one, as client asked if they could terminate his rights. OP has been charged with 2 counts of child endangerment. jwalker@iowalaw.org

DES MOINES: Domestic abuse - Client has a Domestic abuse hearing on Monday Oct. 27th at 9:10 am. OP came over to see their child and started an argument with client. OP then pushed client and she fell into a window almost going through it. OP has abused client in the past as well. jwalker@iowalaws.org

DICKINSON: Custody - Client needs assistance establishing a custody order. Child was taken from client and moved several counties away. Before that, child had always been in the care of the client. ksmith@iowalaw.org

DICKINSON: Custody Modification - Client needs help modifying existing custody order. The children are exhibiting behavioral problems due to the emotional abuse from opposing party. ksmith@iowalaw.org

DUBUQUE: Divorce - Client and OP married since 2005, two kids, separated since 2010, OP living in Illinois, no joint property or debt. Client has been waiting over a year for help. ABissell@iowalaw.org

DUBUQUE: Adoption – Client wants to adopt her husband’s daughter, OP’s boyfriend founded for abusing and neglecting the child, OP’s visits have been stopped by DHS. ABissell@iowalaw.org

DUBUQUE: Divorce – Client and OP have one child together, client’s most recent PO against him was last December, no longer in effect, OP agrees to DOM. ABissell@iowalaw.org

DUBUQUE: Estate - Client’s mother, who died intestate in August, owned the home client lives in, other heirs want client to remain in home, client needs help settling the estate. ABissell@iowalaw.org

Placed DUBUQUE: Will - Client is a single mother planning overseas trip, wants a will to specify her sister as guardian of her children in event of her death. ABissell@iowalaw.org

DUBUQUE: Custody - Client wants to file for custody of her son with OP, client has had PO in the past, continues to be afraid of OP, wants supervised visitation. ABissell@iowalaw.org

FAYETTE: Custody - Client is respondent is custody action, the father has almost never seen his 2-year-old son, is an over-the-road trucker who’s asking for shared care. ABissell@iowalaw.org

GREENE: Custody Modification - Client seeks help in modifying custody decree to provide for supervised visits. Opposing party has not been exercising visitation, and was recently arrested for selling prescription medication. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

GRUNDY: Divorce – Client wants a divorce. Two teenage children reside with client. Little property. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

GUTHRIE: Divorce - Client wants a divorce. Client and OP separated more than a year ago. OP is on probation for domestic assault. OP has not sought visitation for some time. No real property. Personal property divided. ksmith@iowalaw.org

HAMILTON: Custody - Client wants to establish custody of two children. Client and OP are not married. There is a history of domestic violence. OP has history of mental illness, assault and public intoxication. ksmith@iowalaw.org

HARDIN: Custody – Unmarried parents of one child. Child resides with client. Parties have had informal arrangement regarding custody but client sees need for formal, enforceable arrangement. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

HARDIN: Custody modificationClient has physical care but not legal custody of teenage child. OP is homeless. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

HARDIN: Custody - Client and OP are the unmarried parents of two children. The parties separated in 2010. The client reports abuse of herself and the children by OP. Criminal protective order in place. Client wants to establish custody. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

HENRY: Custody - Client has one child with OP. DHS has advised client not to let child be around OP. OP has filed to have joint custody and client has been advised to file her answer. OP is a registered sex offender for raping his two younger sisters. OP has also sexually abused client. jwalker@iowalaw.org

JASPER: Divorce - Client seeks a divorce. Three children of the marriage, possible disestablishment of paternity. History of abuse. ksmith@iowalaw.org

JASPER: Divorce - Client would like help with a divorce. Parties have one minor child. Opposing party is not allowing client to take the child for visits. There is a history of domestic violence. ksmith@iowalaw.org

Placed JASPER: Property Dispute - Client needs assistance obtaining an injunction against her neighbor for repeated trespassing violations. ksmith@iowalaw.org

JOHNSON: Guardianship - Client has been caring for nephew; child has some health issues and is unable to get medical records because she is not legal guardian. Both parents would sign off. jwalker@iowalaw.org

JOHNSON: Will/Power of Attorney - Client would like help in preparing a will and/or Power of Attorney. jwalker@iowalaw.org

JOHNSON: Custody - Client has been served custody papers. OP has only seen the kids twice since 2012, OP lives in North Carolina and Client has lived in Iowa for 2 years. OP raped client and has been physically abusive with her. jwalker@iowalaw.org

JOHNSON: Custody - Client would like to file for primary care of the children; there is currently no order in place. OP has been physically abusive to client there is currently a Criminal No contact order and OP has violated that as well. jwalker@iowalaw.org

JONES: Divorce – Client & OP separated since 2009 because of abuse to client, one child together and one child to be disestablished. ABissell@iowalaw.org

JONES: Estate - Client needs help redirecting to her the back child support that her now-deceased husband was being paid for children who are now adults. ABissell@iowalaw.org

JONES: Tort defense - Client was in a car accident in 2010, is being sued by the other driver's insurance company. ABissell@iowalaw.org

LINN: Divorce – Client wants a divorce. Parties separated one year. Two children born during marriage – OP is not biological father of either child. Marital home, personal property and significant debt to divide. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

LINN: Divorce – Client is the respondent in divorce action and possible modification of existing out-of-state custody order. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

LINN: Custody – Client and OP are the unmarried parents of two children. OP has been charged with attempted murder of client. Protective order in place. Client wants to establish custody of children. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

LINN: Divorce – Client wants a divorce. History of abuse by OP. Parties have been separated more than one year. Have informal custody arrangement. Client wants primary care. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

LINN: Custody – Client and OP are the unmarried parents of one child. Child resides with client. History of domestic violence and criminal behavior and substance abuse by OP. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

LINN: Custody – Client is respondent in custody action. Child always in client’s care until recent support increase. OP then kept child – refused to return child or allow contact. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

Placed LINN: Custody – Client is the respondent in a custody action. OP is seeking primary care of his and client’s infant and client’s other young child. History of abuse and drug use by OP. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

LINN: Custody modification – Divorced. Custody was to have been shared – child support set accordingly. Client says arrangement is in fact very different. Wants to modify decree to reflect actual situation. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

LINN: Divorce – Client wants divorce. One child of marriage. OP is alcoholic and has become increasingly violent. 5 year protection order in place. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

LINN: Divorce – Client wants divorce. Separated 6 years. Two children w/client. History of domestic violence and drug use. OP also has serious mental health issues. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

LINN: Divorce – Client is the respondent in a divorce. No real property – personal property divided – no known debt. Custody of two children will be an issue. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

LINN: Divorce – Client wants divorce. Separated ten years. Two children with client. History of severe domestic violence. No property or debt. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

LINN: Divorce – Client wants a divorce. Separated 3 years. Two children with client. History of domestic violence. OP abuses drugs and alcohol. Some joint debt. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

LINN: Divorce – Client wants divorce. Client and OP separated 2009. Two children reside with client. OP moved out of state. No property or debt. OP has had other children since separating from client so disestablishment will be issue. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

Placed LINN: Client wants help getting her condo association or the builder to pay for mold removal and repairs. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

MADISON: Contracts/Warranties - Clients need help getting contractor to complete the work on their home that was agreed upon. ksmith@iowalaw.org

MAHASKA: Disestablishment of paternity - Client was pregnant and gave birth when she was dating OP. OP put his name on the birth certificate, but he is not the biological father. Because OP was abusive to client, the parties separated. Client is now married to the child's biological father. Client would like to disestablish paternity of OP. tdurst@iowalaw.org

MARSHALL: Divorce - Client wants a divorce. She and OP separated in 2005. Client was subjected to sexual abuse by OP. The parties have one biological child. Disestablishment of paternity will be a factor. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

MARSHALL: Divorce - Client wants a divorce. Client and OP separated three years ago. OP shows little interest in parties’ five children. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

MARSHALL: Divorce – Client wants a divorce. Separated one year. No children. No property. History of domestic violence. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

MARSHALL: Child support – Client’s mother received back child support payments prior to the mother’s death. Client would like to have payments redirected to self. Jhernandez@iowalaw.org

MARSHALL: Divorce – Client wants a divorce. Separated due to OP’s abuse and drug use. Protection order in place – numerous violations. Two children. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

MARSHALL: Custody modification – Client is divorced and has primary care of five children. Client would like to move out of state. She has an offer of employment if she can make the more. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

MARSHALL: Child support – Client would like to end ongoing support obligation for child in client’s care for more than a year. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

MILLS: Visitation in Guardianship - Client wants help establishing scheduled visits with son. Current guardian has not been cooperative in allowing visits. ksmith@iowalaw.org

Placed MILLS: Divorce – The client is the respondent in a divorce. Client wants visitation with teenage children and equitable distribution of property. jhernandez@iowalaw.org

PAGE: Divorce - Client seeks help with a divorce. Three minor children, no property. There was abuse during the marriage, with the opposing party experiencing some mental health issues. ksmith@iowalaw.org

Placed PLYMOUTH: Divorce - Client wants a divorce. Parties' have two minor children, and client wishes to have visitation. ksmith@iowalaw.org

Placed POLK: Will and Advance Directives. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Landlord/Tenant – condition of apartment. Bedbugs and other pests. Landlord is not addressing issues. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Will and Advance Directives. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Homeownership – Client purchased home on contract. Contract has been paid. Needs deed prepared to transfer title to the property. Seller is willing to cooperate with whatever is necessary to transfer title to the client. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Homeownership – Client purchased home in 2008. In 2010 due to delinquent taxes, home was sold at tax sale. Client obtained a loan for $18,000 from a friend to pay off back taxes and delinquent utility bills. There is now a dispute on the balance of the loan. Client believes he has paid in full. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Homeownership/Probate – In 2005, client and her family moved to Iowa from Puerto Rico. The family pooled their resources and bought a home together. The loan was in client’s mother-in-law’s name. In 2007 the home was refinanced. This loan was put in client and her mother-in-law’s names. Mother-in-law passed away in 2008 without a will. Since 2008 client has continued to make payments. Recently she was trying to refinance but could not because she is not on title to the home. Client would like help getting the title of the home in her name. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: URGENT – Protective Order – client is the defendant. Hearing is on November 6 at 2:30. Client states that the father of her child has filed this action solely to try to obtain custody of the child. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Medicaid/Elderly Waiver – client’s spouse has been placed in nursing home. Client has questions regarding the transfer of the title to the home in which she continues to live so that her husband will qualify for Medicaid. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Medicaid – client is a disabled (dual amputee) veteran. Has a power wheel chair that needs repair. Medicare will not pay for repair. Wants help negotiating with Medicare to get this covered. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Tax/Collection – Client owned a small business that failed in 2007. The State of Iowa has continued to assess estimated sales tax even though returns were no longer being filed for this business. This sales tax debt is creating problems for the client. Need a volunteer to obtain IRS transcripts showing what actual business revenues were and file Iowa sales tax returns showing zero revenue using the transcripts to prove the negative.cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Collection – Client was in an accident a year and a half ago. She had no car insurance. Client has been sued by the other driver. Client states that the police report made stated that no damage was done. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Probate – Client’s husband passed away without a will. Having issues with mortgage holder. Trying to get house into her name. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Consumer – Client attended an event in which they were providing cell phones for emergency purposes. Client got the cell phone on August 13th. Cancelled on August 20th. She found better deal of getting Lifeline added to her home phone bill but they won’t add until the current account is cancelled. She is still being charged for the first account even though she has cancelled. The company’s customer service rep says that it can take as long as 90 days to cancel and that she will be charged for that time. Client wants help cancelling this contract and being reimbursed for the time she has been charged after August 20th. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Tort Defense – Client sued for damages in a car accident. Client was at fault. Client has filed an answer and has received interrogatories. Trial date May 27, 2015. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Driver’s License and Voting Rights – client convicted of felony in 2005. Does not currently have driver’s license. Would like to see if he can get a license and to have his voting rights restored. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Driver’s License – would like help negotiating with Iowa Department of Revenue regarding back taxes to release to hold on her license and auto registration. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Termination of Parental Rights – Client and the father of her children were divorced in Florida in 2011. Client has attempted to terminate parental rights pro se. Judge referred her to the PCBA VLP. Father of children is mentally ill and a danger to client and the children.cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Collection – Client is Spanish speaking. Client needs help collecting the payment of equity and child support ordered in her dissolution of marriage. Client knows where the opposing party has bank accounts. Client will need an interpreter. Due to language barrier, client is unable to proceed pro se. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Child Support – Client believes that he is current on back support. In 2003, CSRU was ordered to credit his child support account for $3903 following a modification of child support order. Following a hearing regarding driving without (client was unaware that his license had been suspended due to child support issue) client discovered that this credit had not been made. He would like to make sure that this is now resolved. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Child Support – Client’s child is not 26 lived with client’s sister for about 9 months in 1999. The child moved back in with his father at that time and remained with his father for the remainder of his childhood. Client’s sister passed away in 2005. He wants to stop this child support order and if possible, recover what was paid after his sister passed away. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: GAL – for an incarcerated individual. Volunteer attorney is representing the Petition in the dissolution of marriage. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: GAL – for child in a disestablishment of paternity case. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: GAL – for child in a disestablishment of paternity case. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Contempt – Client speaks Arabic. VLP will provide an interpreter. Client’s spouse is behind by over $18,000 in child support obligation, claimed the children on his tax returns and has refused to sign a Quit Claim Deed which was part of the dissolution of marriage. Opposing party owns a construction company. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Dissolution of Marriage/Disestablishment of paternity– client does not know whereabouts of her spouse. A child was born during the marriage that is not the husband’s child. The biological father and the client have signed affidavits of paternity. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – whereabouts of spouse unknown. Client wants to get full custody so that she can get a passport for 16 year old child of the marriage. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – No children, no property. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – No children, no property. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – No children, no property. Opposing party is incarcerated. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – No children, no property. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – No children, no property. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – No children, no property. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – children of the marriage. Whereabouts of spouse unknown. Has had no contact with her spouse for over 10 years. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – child of the marriage. Whereabouts of spouse unknown. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – children of the marriage. Whereabouts of spouse unknown. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – client was previously represented by Iowa Legal Aid. Client is incarcerated which now makes her ineligible for the services of Iowa Legal Aid. ILA attorney has withdrawn. Opposing party is also incarcerated. Client would like to complete the dissolution. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – No children. No property. Opposing party may be in jail. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – Client and opposing party have signed mediation agreement. Court costs are being held in VLP account. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – Client and opposing party have signed mediation agreement. Court costs are being held in VLP account. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – Client and opposing party have signed mediation agreement. Court costs are being held in Iowa Legal Aid trust account. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

Placed POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – Client and opposing party have signed mediation agreement. Court costs are being held in Iowa Legal Aid trust account. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – No children, no property. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – Client and opposing party have signed mediation agreement. Court costs are being held in VLP account. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POLK: Dissolution of Marriage – Client filed pro se. Client and opposing party signed mediation agreement re. joint assets and joint debts. Client needs an attorney to write the decree based on the mediation agreement. Court costs are being held in VLP account. cburdette@pcbaonline.org

POTTAWATTAMIE: Divorce - Client needs help with a divorce. The parties have four children, and the opposing party has threatened to take them away from client. ksmith@iowalaw.org

POTTAWATTAMIE: Divorce - Client seeks help filing for divorce. Three minor children, but parties have informal custody arrangement they both agree with. No property, but significant debt. ksmith@iowalaw.org

SAC: Custody - Client seeks help defending a custody action filed by the opposing party in response to a recent child support order. Opposing party has never bothered to exercise visitation with the child until now. ksmith@iowalaw.org

UNION: Divorce - Client wants a divorce. Parties have been separated more than a year. Property and debt divided. Children are in care of client and OP has sought little visitation. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WARREN: Child Support - Client would like help establishing post-secondary education support for child. Child will be attending college in the fall. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WARREN: Custody - Client needs help filing a custody action. Parties have one child together. There is a criminal no contact order against the opposing party. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WARREN: Divorce - Client needs help with a divorce. Opposing party is controlling, abusive, and withholding contact with the children. There is no personal property or debt to divide, but there is a marital home. Client simply wants joint custody, and no spousal support. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WARREN: Divorce - Client would like help with a divorce. Protective order expired and opposing party is now withholding the child. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WARREN: Divorce Modification - Client is seeking to enforce the provisions of a divorce decree involving health insurance, and has questions about possible provisions for post-secondary education. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WASHINGTON: Custody - Client is seeking to get primary care of the child. OP keeps trying to take the child from school etc. OP has physically abuse the client. Client and OP had an informal agreement that had worked for the last 8 years however, OP has recently began threatening the client and trying to take the child and not bring him back. jwalker@iowalaw.org

WASHINGTON: Student loan disability discharge - Client is being garnished monthly for past student loan debt. Client is disabled, and only receives SSDI and it is currently being garnished. jwalker@iowalaw.org

WEBSTER: Custody - Client seeks help establishing a custody order. There is a history of domestic violence. Parties have an informal visitation arrangement, but there have been increasing instances where opposing party has failed to return the child at the agreed time. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WEBSTER: Divorce - Client seeks help filing for divorce. Three children of the marriage. There is a history of domestic abuse, and opposing party has a founded child abuse report against him. Parties have come to general agreement regarding custody. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WEBSTER: Divorce - Client seeks help with a divorce. One minor child of the marriage. Opposing party was charged criminally with domestic abuse. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WEBSTER: Divorce - Client seeks help with a divorce. There are two minor children of the marriage, and two children whose paternity will need to be disestablished. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WEBSTER: Divorce - Client wants assistance with a divorce and custody of her child. Child sees opposing party once every couple of weeks for a few hours at a time. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WEBSTER: Divorce Modification - Client seeks help to modify divorce decree. Opposing party has struggled with alcoholism. CINA action is open, and concurrent jurisdiction granted. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WINNEBAGO - Client would like to get a State of Iowa ID (similar to driver's license, but client doesn't drive). She has a number of forms of ID, but DOT will not treat them as acceptable to issue her the ID she is seeking. Client would like help to get the State of Iowa ID. kcalhoun@iowalaw.org

WINNEBAGO: Divorce
- No property, no debt, possessions have been split. One minor child. Child support order in place. Established visitation schedule in place. kcalhoun@iowalaw.org

PLACED WOODBURY: Custody - Client requests help establishing a custody order. There is a 5-yr No Contact Order is place due to assault by opposing party. The children has resided with the client since the separation. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WOODBURY: Custody - Client seeks assistance with a custody order. Parties have three children together. There is a history of domestic abuse. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WOODBURY: Custody - Client seeks help modifying custody order for two children. Mother is a drug user, and there is a juvenile case currently open. Concurrent jurisdiction granted. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WOODBURY: Custody - Client with a disability would like help establishing a custody order. One child. Opposing party has a history of physically abusing client. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WOODBURY: Custody - Client would like assistance establishing a custody order. Parties have one child together. There is a history of abuse. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WOODBURY: Custody - Client would like help establishing a custody order. One child. Opposing party has a history of emotional abuse and controlling behavior against client. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WOODBURY: Divorce - Client is seeking help with a divorce. History of domestic abuse, two children of the marriage, no marital property. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WOODBURY: Divorce - Client seeks assistance with a divorce. One child of the marriage. There was a history of domestic abuse, but the opposing party has since been deported. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WOODBURY: Divorce - Client seeks assistance with a divorce. Parties have no children together. Opposing party is in prison and is willing to agree to a divorce. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WOODBURY: Divorce - Client seeks assistance with a divorce. There was a history of domestic violence, and a protective order is currently in place. One child of the marriage, all personal property was divided at separation. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WOODBURY: Divorce - Client wants a divorce. One child of the marriage, and paternity will need to be disestablished for two other minor children. Opposing party was once illegally present in the United States, but may be back in Mexico. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WOODBURY: Termination of Parental Rights - Client seeks assistance terminating the parental rights of child's father. Opposing party is incarcerated for sexual abuse of a minor. Client's current husband would like to adopt the child. ksmith@iowalaw.org

WOODBURY: Tort Defense - Client caused an accident but did not have insurance. She is being pressured to sign a settlement agreement, and would like help contesting this matter. ksmith@iowalaw.org



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