|Frequently Asked Questions -- For the Public
Question: My attorney won't return my phone calls-what can I do about it?
Answer: You can call the Iowa Board of Professional Ethics at (515) 725-8017. They will help you work out a solution with your lawyer.
Access attorney discipline information on-line.
Question: How do I file a complaint against my lawyer?
Answer: Again, you can call the Iowa Board of Professional Ethics at (515) 725-8017.
Attorney Discipline information on-line.
Question: Help, I need a lawyer! Whom do you recommend?
Answer: The ISBA offers a FIND-A-LAWYER Service to assist you in finding an attorney. Please visit www.iowafindalawyer.com for more information.
You may want to use one of the following methods to find an attorney in Iowa:
Martindale-Hubbell Law Directories: You can find these directories at your library or search online at www.martindale.com. This directory lists Iowa attorneys, their addresses and phone numbers, and their specialties.
Yellow Pages: Look under "attorneys".
Question: How do I find out if a particular attorney is licensed to practice law in Iowa?
Answer: Contact Clerk of the Iowa Supreme Court's office at (515)281-5911.
Question: Where can I find an attorney who is licensed to practice in Iowa and in another jurisdiction?
Answer: You can call the bar association of the other jurisdiction or you can find that information in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directories. You can find these directories at your library or search online at www.martindale.com.
Question: Where can I get free/inexpensive legal advice?
Answer: Iowa Legal Aid provides free legal assistance to low-income residents of Iowa through ten regional offices. To find the regional office that serves your county go to the "low Income Assistance" page of this website or visit Iowa Legal Aid's website at www.iowalegalaid.org. You may also call 1-800-532-1275 or 515-243-2151 to reach the Administrative Office of Iowa Legal Aid. Individuals must meet income and asset guidelines and only civil law cases are handled; no criminal cases are handled by Iowa Legal Aid. Because of limited resources, only certain types of civil law problems are able to be handled.
Question: How many attorneys are licensed to practice in Iowa?
Answer: The Iowa State Bar Association has about 7,500 members but that does not represent all of the licensed attorneys in Iowa. For those figures, call the Clerk of the Iowa Supreme Court's office at (515)281-5911.