Our support for your law practice begins here with these exclusive member benefits. These offerings represent literally hundreds of tools and resources, specifically designed to promote the success of your practice, the enrichment of your career, and the quality of your personal and professional life.
Searching for the latest in legal research? We have it! Need the most up-to-date ethics opinions, workers' compensation decisions, and jury instructions? It's right here. Whatever the tool you're searching for to assist you in the practice of law, The Iowa State Bar Association has you covered.
ISBA has partnered with West Unified Communications (previously known as Intercall), to provide members special rates for audio and web conferencing through their InterCall service. West Unified Communications is the world’s largest conferencing services provider and is consistently noted by industry experts as a market leader.
To simplify the selection of the correct conferencing services for your needs, we have created two options. Select just one option: the services listed will be included with your account at the member prices shown. (All Prices CAD)
- Reservationless-Plus® audio conferencing – 3.5 cents per minute
- Unified Meeting® web conferencing – 5 cents per minute
- Operator Assisted and Event audio conferencing – 18 cents per minute
Call 1-800-MEMBERS (800-636-2377) M-F 8 a.m – 5 p.m, ET or visit the West Communications website.
Credit Card Processing
Vetted and approved by all 50 state and more than 70 local and specialty bars, LawPay is proud to be the preferred payment partner of more than 35,000 law firms. Designed specifically for the legal industry, LawPay provides attorneys with a simple, secure way to accept online payments in their practice. LawPay understands the unique compliance and financial requirements placed on attorneys, which is why their solution was developed specifically to correctly separate earned and unearned fees, giving you peace of mind that your credit card and eCheck transactions are always handled correctly.
For more than a decade, LawPay has made it as easy as possible for attorneys to receive payment for their services, and ISBA members receive a three-month free trial. To learn more, call 866-376-0950 or visit www.lawpay.com/iabar.
Professional Liability Insurance - Lockton Affinity
Lockton Affinity has been administering insurance for successful attorneys like you for nearly 30 years and has been the trusted partner of the Iowa Bar for over a decade. Lockton understands how you work; the day-to-day risks associated with the legal profession and knows how to get you back on track quickly should there be a claim.
Lockton Affinity is a part of Lockton Companies, the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance broker with more than $20 billion in premium placed, over 6,000 global associates and a 96% client retention rate. As one of the most respected firms in the industry, JD Power & Associates named Lockton Companies the highest-performing insurance broker in 2016 and 2017.
Lockton Affinity’s reputation in the industry is unparalleled. “We Live Service” is not only their motto, it’s what separates them from the rest. They have educated themselves on the needs of the legal industry—and they will take the time to investigate the right types of policies that will benefit you. Trust Lockton Affinity to be your partner—more than 100,000 others already do.
For additional Lockton Affinity information, visit www.iowabarinsurance.com.
Health & Life Insurance - Reynolds & Reynolds Inc.
Reynolds and Reynolds can help protect and retain your biggest asset - your employees. It has been Reynolds and Reynolds commitment to the ISBA to bring the most competitive rates, products, and services to each individual and group member. The ISBA benefits program is specifically tailored to meet the needs of your firm and your employees.
The following insurance products are available:
- Long Term Care
Additional services available through Reynolds & Reynolds include:
- Payroll Processing
- Cafeteria/Flex plans
- Health Reimbursement Arrangements
- Health Savings Accounts
Reynolds & Reynolds is a full-service broker and can market to any of the health insurance carriers in the state. The company is dedicated to providing bar association members with outstanding customer service. Please contact David A. Fini or Kristi Rullestad at (800) 767-1724 or (515) 243-1724 with any questions. Visit the website for more information.
Accident/Cancer Insurance - Aflac
The ISBA is now making Aflac accident and cancer/specified-disease insurance policies available to ISBA members. Reynolds & Reynolds, Inc., is the ISBA endorsed broker for insurance products and services other than professional liability insurance.
More specifically, for a covered accident, Aflac policy holders receive cash benefits. In addition, Aflac's cancer/specified-disease insurance policies are designed to pay cash benefits that can be used to help offset cancer-related expenses and to help with a variety of daily living expenses.
Individuals interested in additional information regarding the Aflac insurance policies now available to ISBA members, should visit Aflac.
The Career Center is a powerful online service which helps brings attorneys and employers together. Listings are available for a nominal fee for ISBA members. Job seekers may search the listed jobs and post their resumes on the site for free.
This online program helps connect lawyers with the public through targeted referrals. Participating lawyers indicate which areas of law they can help clients and in which counties. Attorneys listed on the Find-A-Lawyer website charge $25 or less for the first 30 minutes of consultation. Available to all ISBA members, this website has averaged nearly 150,000 page views for each of the last three years. For more information or to sign up for the program, go to www.iowafindalawyer.com.
Caselaw Update is a free email service that keeps you abreast of recent cases that have been added to the Iowa Bar’s case law archives. Once you are subscribed, you will receive an email each time decisions are handed down by the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Each edition summarizes recent cases by topic and provides direct links to the full text of each decision.
Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions
The purpose of the criminal and civil jury instructions is to present the law to the jury in language they can understand. Our model jury instructions accurately instruct juries in plain language.
ISBA CLE outlines are a great way to begin your research for any case. The CLE Index gives you instant access to all ISBA CLE outlines from 2000 to present. No more searching the library for a topic you only vaguely remember, you can search by author, seminar subject, or any keyword. This database is fully searchable. Selected video content of some CLE programs is also available.
Engage is The Iowa State Bar Association’s professional online community for ISBA’s sections and committees. Engage offers each of the sections and committees a private discussion forum (listserv) along with a variety of other tools to help members connect, network and work collaboratively with fellow ISBA members.
Engage is also available right on your phone or tablet when you download the free mobile app from either Google Play or iTunes.
Ask Questions, Share Ideas, and Build Skills. For more information visit www.iowabar.org/engage.
Ethics and Practice Guidelines
Visit the ISBA Ethics and Practice Guidelines Committee webpage for the latest ethics information.
The ISBA offers Fastcase, an online legal research service, to its members for free! Bar members will have access to all 50 states’ supreme court and court of appeals opinions from at least 1950 to the present, along with workers’ compensation decisions, an extensive federal package, and Iowa’s code, administrative code, and constitution.
Iowa Civil Jury Verdict Reporter
The Iowa Civil Jury Verdict Reporter is a collection of more than 550 Iowa civil jury verdicts. Search this extensive database to view comparable verdicts and basic documents used within the various cases. Members of the YLD and those attorneys who belong to the Litigation Section or Alternative Dispute Resolution Section can also elect to receive a monthly email with the most current civil jury results.
Iowa Title Standards
Members have free access to the Iowa Land Title Standards, which are designed to encourage consistency among examining attorneys within the state, and to assist them in examining abstracts of title.
ISBA Practice Manuals are prepared and edited by knowledgeable attorney-authors to give practicing Iowa lawyers as much assistance as possible. The manuals serve as a practical guide and include reference materials, forms, checklists and other resources.
Client File Retention Guide
At some point, most lawyers face the question of “What do I do with client files that are closed and dormant?” How long should the lawyer retain a client file? What documents in the file are required to be maintained by the lawyer? Which contents of the file belong to the client? Can the contents of the file be electronically scanned and then destroyed? What do the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct require?
Lawyers are required to comply with a number of ethical and legal obligations related to client files and property.
View the ISBA's Client Retention Guide
Clio: Practice Management Simplified
Clio is the most widely used, cloud-based practice management system in the world. An invaluable tool for law firms of all sizes, Clio overcomes many of the technical hurdles presented by conventional practice management solutions, allowing lawyers to simplify their workflow and focus valuable time on serving their clients. Everyday tens of thousands of lawyers use Clio to schedule meetings, organize cases, track time, and issue bills. Accessible from your Mac or PC, Phone or Tablet, Clio allows lawyers to take control of their practice from any device, in any location, at any time. Clio integrates seamlessly with other popular applications like Fastcase, LawPay, Quickbooks Online, Gmail, and Office 365.
Iowa State Bar Association members are eligible for a 10% lifetime discount on Clio, as well as:
- a free 7-day trial
- free data migrations
- unlimited access to award winning customer support and training
Clio is an effortless solution that helps keep lawyers focused on what they do best — practice law. Join tens of thousands of lawyers across the nation today at www.clio.com.
The ISBA has formed an alliance with EsqSites to provide attorneys with low cost website development and hosting packages. As a member of the ISBA, you are entitled to a 25% savings on ESQ’s website packages. Simply insert the ISBA group code when subscribing to the service and the discount will be applied automatically.
Visit ESQSites.com or call (619) 237-5422. Please use group code Iowa-2 to receive ISBA member benefits with ESQSites.
IowaDocs® is a library of hundreds of legal documents (templates) created, endorsed and copyrighted by The Iowa State Bar Association that have been automated using HotDocs. These templates contain questions organized in an interview format and automatically create customized documents based on the answers given. The purchase of an IowaDocs subscription via the HotDocs Market, a product available only to ISBA members, will help you save time, effort and money in the production of repetitive documents and forms. IowaDocs now includes the new ISBA Child Support Calculator at no additional charge. To access your account or to sign up for a IowaDocs visit www.hotdocsmarket.com.
LegalDirectories.com provides free, extensive, and accurate attorney, firm, and mediator listings on the Internet. They are also recognized as the official directory for The Iowa State Bar Association.
Visit the www.LegalDirectories.com for more information.
The ISBA recently partnered with Trustfi to provide our members the opportunity to easily integrate a military-grade encryption program and more into their email communications.
Trustifi offers a single-click system that encrypts, tracks, proves delivery of your emails, and is the first federally-accepted method of sending legal documents online.
If you want to find out how easy it is to insure the security of your communications for only $25 per email account per year, then click here to view a short video on the many benefits of Trustifi.
WordRake editing software is the editor you always wished you had to review your writing before others see it. It helps you edit quickly, communicate clearly, write concisely, and eliminate useless words.
Simply compose in Microsoft Word or Outlook – and now WordRake for Mac, hit the “Rake” icon, and in seconds WordRake suggests edits for tighter, more effective writing. Accept the changes you like, if you disagree, select reject, and your original text is restored. It’s that easy.
Visit WordRake’s website to learn more or to purchase the software. Want to try it out first? Sign up for a Free 7-Day Trial. Members receive a 10% discount at checkout when they use the coupon code ISBA.
Worldox is comprehensive, practical, sensible document management for the real world… your real world. Using Worldox, you can give your people fast, easy access to all the information and knowledge you own, from word processing files and spreadsheets to emails and scanned documents even voice mails – virtually anything that can be stored as a file.
Worldox GX3 brings together everything you need to organize, control, describe, index, and categorize all of your electronic documents and e-mail content.
Members of The Iowa State Bar Association receive a 10% discount on Worldox. For additional information about Worldox please visit www.worldox.com.
ABA Retirement Funds
Does your retirement plan offer no out-of-pocket expenses, professional fiduciary services, a broad range of investment options, and full-service administration? The ABA’s retirement plan does. The ABA Retirement Funds Program (the "Program") has been offering unique retirement solutions such as 401(k) plans, exclusively to the legal community for over 50 years. The program's bundled approach allows your firm to keep its focus on the success of the practice.
The program provides customers with trustee, record keeping, tax reporting, compliance testing, investment management, and participant communication services - all from a single source - at no additional cost to your firm.
Maybe it's time to find out what's inside your 401(k). Call (866) 812-3580 for a free consultation or visit www.abaretirement.com for more information.
Closing a Law Practice
The Closing a Law Practice page is designed to assist attorneys who may be contemplating or
actively involved in the closure of an existing law practice. While no
single document or checklist can address all the possible questions or
circumstances that an attorney will encounter in the process of closing
his/her practice, the provided resources attempt to address the
essential responsibilities that will shape the events. Members are
encouraged to consult colleagues who may have experience in closing a
The ISBA and Go Next are pleased to offer exceptional travel opportunities to you, your family and your friends. Join fellow members and experience the camaraderie of exploring the world with like-minded travelers. Go Next takes care of the details so you can relax and enjoy the company of your fellow members.
To obtain tour brochures and details about the latest trip, call (800) 842-9023 or visit the Go Next website.