Other places to find legal help and information:
If you need to hire an attorney, here is a place to find a local attorney:
Attorneys who participate in Iowa Find-A-Lawyer charge $25 or less for the first 30 minutes of consultation.
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The legal services providers available via Iowa Find-A-Lawyer (under "Free Legal Assistance") may be able to help.
The legal services providers listed include:
Iowa Legal Aid
Iowa Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization providing critical legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable Iowans who have nowhere else to turn.
Along with volunteer lawyers throughout the state, Iowa Legal Aid helps the legal system work for those who cannot afford help with legal issues.
For more information about Iowa Legal Aid, visit www.iowalegalaid.org or call 1-800-532-1275.
To find an Iowa Legal Aid office address or fax number, go to: Legal Aid Directory.
Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
This program provides free legal services to Iowans 60 and over.
1111 9th Street, Suite 230
Des Moines, Iowa 50314
(800) 992-8161 or (515) 282-8161
To learn more about the issues that the Older Iowans Hotline can assist with, click here.
Muscatine Legal Services
Muscatine Legal Services (MLS) provides quality legal assistance to low- income residents of Muscatine County. MLS provides assistance in the following civil matters, but are not limited to: Dissolution of Marriage, Child Custody, Actions for Child Support, Paternity Actions, Family Law matters, Guardianship or Conservatorship, Unemployment claims, Social Security claims, Landlord-tenant disputes, and consumer complaints. In addition to these civil matters, MLS assists defendants in criminal misdemeanor cases that are appointed by the court. MLS also assists with children in need of assistance (CINA), or children who have been accused of delinquent behavior; both types of these cases in juvenile court. MLS partners with Family Resources to offer free representation in obtaining restraining orders through a Domestic Violence Victim Assistance program. In addition, MLS will provide no cost assistance to victims in divorce and custody actions, provided that they are separated from the abuser for a period of six months.
122 E. 2nd Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
Story County Legal Aid Society
Legal Aid Society of Story County is a non-profit corporation, formed in 1974 to provide legal assistance in civil matters to families who cannot afford to hire an attorney in private practice.
937 6th Street
Nevada, IA 50201
Drake University Legal Clinic
Through the Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic, students have the chance to gain practical experience by working with actual clients. The clinic also serves the community by helping those who might not otherwise have access to legal assistance.
2400 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
University of Iowa Clinical Law Program
The College of Law's Clinical Law Programs reflect the richness and diversity of modern law practice and the College of Law's commitment to clinical education. The clinic operates like a law firm within the walls of the Boyd Law Building, offering students the opportunity to put their legal skills to use in a variety of practice areas and venues.
Student interns work on cases supervised by full-time faculty members, and have primary responsibility for the representation of their clients at all stages of the legal process, including interviewing and counseling, negotiation, fact investigation, depositions, drafting and briefing, and courtroom appearances.
University of Iowa Law School
386 Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1113
Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
625 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
ABA Home Front
ABA Home Front provides legal information, resources, and a directory of legal programs for veterans, service members, and military families. Programs listed include military legal assistance offices, legal aid and pro bono organizations, lawyer referral and information services, and military-specific programs where available.
ABA Military Pro Bono Project
The ABA Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military attorneys on behalf of junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel facing civil legal issues, and it works to place these cases with pro bono attorneys.