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The following information will assist you if you are in need of an attorney for a civil legal matter but cannot afford one.

In Iowa there are limited resources and programs available to provide free legal assistance. When you call a program to request assistance, you will be screened for eligibility. A client is eligible for assistance if their income falls within the established guidelines and if the case fits within the priorities set by the program. Not all clients who financially qualify will be able to receive assistance because of the limited staff or volunteer resources of the programs. An intake interview of your case may take place. The program will then assess your case to determine if they may be able to assist you. Your case may be handled by one of the staff attorneys at the program. In some circumstances your case will be referred to a private attorney who has volunteered their time to a pro bono program. A client should not contact the pro bono program directly for assistance as the intake needs to be conducted prior to referral to a volunteer.

Applications for help statewide: (800) 532-1275

Administrative Office
1111 9th Street, Suite 230
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 243-2151

Cedar Rapids Regional Office

317 7th Ave., Suite 400
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Southwest Iowa Regional Office
532 First Avenue, Suite 300
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Central Iowa Regional Office
1111 9th Street, Suite 230
Des Moines, IA 50314

Northeast Iowa Regional Office
799 Main Street, Suite 280
Dubuque, IA 52001

Iowa City Regional Office
1700 South First Ave., Suite 10
Iowa City, IA 52240

North Central Iowa Regional Office
600 1st Street N.W., Suite 103
Mason City, IA 50401

Southeast Iowa Regional Office
112 East Third Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Northwest Iowa Regional Office
520 Nebraska Street, Suite 337
Sioux City, IA 51101

Waterloo Regional Office
607 Sycamore, Suite 206
Waterloo, IA 50703

Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project
1111 9th Street, Suite 230
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
1111 9th Street, Suite 230
Des Moines, Iowa 50314
(800) 992-8161 or (515) 282-8161

(providing statewide service to Iowans 60 years and older)

HELP Legal Assistance
736 Federal Street, Suite 1401
Davenport, IA 52803
(563) 322-6216

Pro Bono Project of Help Legal Assistance and the
Scott County Bar Association
736 Federal Street, Suite 1401
Davenport, IA 52803

Muscatine Legal Services
122 E. 2nd Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761
(563) 263-8663

Story County Legal Aid Society
937 6th Street
Nevada, Iowa 50201
(515) 382-2471

Drake University Legal Clinic
2400 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311
(515) 271-3851

University of Iowa Clinical Law Program
University of Iowa Law School
386 Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1113
(319) 335-9023

Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
625 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-3904

ISBA Public Service Project
625 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Some offices may have pre-set times and days in which new intakes are conducted. Contact the office listed to determine when and how your case may be considered.

The ISBA FIND-A-LAWYER service is not a directory of ISBA members.

For a full listing of attorneys licensed to practice in Iowa you should visit the Iowa Supreme Court's website.

ISBA FIND-A-LAWYER service is a directory provided by The Iowa State Bar Association to assist its members and the public in locating an attorney. All lawyers listed in FIND-A-LAWYER are members of The Iowa State Bar Association. The Iowa State Bar Association does not recommend or endorse the services of those listed, nor does the omission of others from this directory imply a negative assessment, or any evaluation or recommendation whatsoever. Nothing in this FIND-A-LAWYER directory should be relied upon as legal advice. The information on these pages has been supplied by the persons and firms listed, and The Iowa State Bar Association has not reviewed, investigated, or evaluated the accuracy or completeness of the information, or qualifications or competency of those listed. The Iowa State Bar Association, and its members, and employees hereby disclaim any responsibility or liability claimed to have arisen from reliance upon the information contained in the ISBA FIND-A-LAWYER directory.

Neither The Iowa State Bar Association nor any agency of the State Bar has certified any lawyer identified here as a specialist or as an expert.