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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Iowa on
Q: Is there a 2 yr statue of limitations on a personal injury claim?

My town has eflex for filing a small claim and after the 5th or 6th time of it being returned for missing information I let my frustrations break me down and put it aside to regroup, now I believe it may be too late.?

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Jan 16, 2020

Generally speaking, a personal injury claim in Iowa must be filled within two (2) years of the date of the incident at issue. You should immediately contact an Iowa attorney who handles personal injury claims to discuss your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Iowa on
Q: Y do i pay taxes I thought it was no taxation without representation
D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Jan 9, 2020

Not a real rule. People pay taxes without being represented all the time.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Iowa on
Q: I bumped the car in front of me due to anti lock breaks failing. Ticket for "following too close" Worth contesting?
Benjamin Kohn
Benjamin Kohn answered on Jan 8, 2020

Possibly. That you rear ended the car in front of you is weighty evidence that you were, in fact, following too closely, but not is not per se conclusive that you were. Iowa Code 321.307 provides:

"The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Iowa on
Q: How do I set up a small estate for my sister that passed away in Cedar Rapids, IA?

My sister left no will and left me as the benefiiciary on her life insurance. The life insurance company said I need to set up an estate, how do I do this for a small estate? My sister has no realestate, nothing else.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 7, 2020

Usually if you were named as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy upon providing proof of death and identification the funds will be paid directly to you. I suggest getting clarification in writing of exactly what it is they want.

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Iowa on
Q: Re: 3rd party financing thru a dealership. Is it legal to have someone sign an assigned contract if its already denied?

A bank denied credit before we signed. Dealer never told us but had same banks name on contracts as assignee.

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Jan 5, 2020

This question is too fact intensive for an online forum. You need to immediately retain an Iowa attorney to obtain an informed opinion.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Iowa on
Q: Am I allowed to speed up above the speed limit to overtake a vehicle?

I got pulled over for going over the speed limit while overtaking a vehicle. An officer was going 60 in front of a vehicle ahead of me. I overtook the car and after overtaking I slowed back down to the same speed the officer was going.

Benjamin Kohn
Benjamin Kohn answered on Jan 5, 2020

Speed limit violations in Iowa are, unfortunately, strict liability (e.g. you're guilty if you are operating a vehicle on a public roadway that exceeded the posted speed limit regardless of your subjective reasoning, intent, or knowledge of doing so). Inability to overtake another vehicle without... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Iowa on
Q: Ssi owes me money what can i do?
Scott F Bocchio
Scott F Bocchio answered on Dec 31, 2019

Contact your local Social Security Administrative office and request an explanation.

Attorney Scott F. Bocchio

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Iowa on
Q: Violation of 14th constitution rights
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 23, 2019

If you added a couple of lines about what your matter involves (without including your personal information), it could be easier for the right type of attorney here to reply. The 14th Amendment covers lots of ground, from due process to equal protection. That means it could touch the expertise of a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Iowa on
Q: I dont want to say too much at unemployment fact finding interview and ruin the osha retaliation investigation. How do I
Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Dec 23, 2019

You should immediately consult with an Iowa attorney who specializes in employment law.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Q: Can I sue a Barn Manager for neglet and verbal abuse? How much evidence would I need to win my case if I choose to sue?

I had my horse in the care of a local barn. A few weeks after I moved him their the barn manager left him and several others without water. Had I not been there to fill up the water buckets I believe that they all would have coliced as they would have been without water for over 12 hours. She also... Read more »

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Dec 13, 2019

You believe that your horse “deserves justice” because he’s hungry? If you have at least $10,000 to pay an attorney to work towards justice, you might have a case.

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Iowa on
Q: I want to design a motor powered by only magnet movement. How could one go about making a patent for my specific design?

I am not highly trained in this region but I think I can make it work. I made my own design for a motor creating electricity by means of magnets moving other magnets. I want to find out how I could claim my design so it can't be replicated.

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Dec 6, 2019

I am not sure that I understand your idea. Most electric motors operate through the interaction between the motor's magnetic field and electric current in a wire winding to generate force in the form of rotation of a shaft.

Nonetheless, once you finish your invention, hire a patent...
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Iowa on
Q: I am buying a home for cash in Illinois. At closing must funds be wired or may payment be by cashier's check?
Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo answered on Nov 26, 2019

The easiest way to find out is to ask.

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: If a bank is paid off and the loans are moved to another bank and the previous bank signed off can they still foreclose

the bank has an on going lawsuit against them and signed off on the loans to be transferd to another bank and the transfer was completed for months now. Now they filed a deficancy on the farm and sold it without our knowledge and now are evicting us. what can be done to stop this?? They also... Read more »

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Nov 23, 2019

You need to immediately consult with an Iowa attorney who handles real estate matters and farm foreclosures in particular.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: What do I need to file to initiate contempt

This is in response to an illegal eviction

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Nov 21, 2019

You need to consult with an Iowa attorney who handles landlord / tenant matters.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Iowa on
Q: A previous employer still hasn't paid me, it's been 6 months. What can I do? I was told to seek a worker's comp lawyer.

I started working for a person as a dispatcher. It's been 6 months and she is now saying I was an "independent contractor" which was never discussed. She has yet to pay me what is still owed. She also has done this to another lady as well stating that the other lady is an "independent contractor".... Read more »

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Nov 7, 2019

If you were working in Iowa or for an Iowa based company, you should immediately contact an Iowa attorney who handles workers’ compensation and employment law matters.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Employment Law for Iowa on
Q: I worked for a company 6 months ago. They still havent paid me and are now saying I was "self contracted".

I was hired not knowing I was self contracted. The owner kept saying she would pay me on different dates and when those dates came she made excuses and no payment was recieved. She still hasn't paid me what she owes. There is also another "employee" she has done this to, she owes the other employee... Read more »

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Nov 7, 2019

It appears that the owner of the company is asserting that you are an independent contractor rather than an employee; there are many factors which determine this. You should immediately contact an Iowa attorney who handles employment / workers’ compensation claims.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: I purchased a b'fast sandwich from a c-store and the person that prepared it lost part of a decayed tooth, I bit into it
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 18, 2019

An Iowa attorney could address your post the best, but it remains open for three weeks. Although there wasn't a question here, if you were wondering about your legal rights, contact an Iowa personal injury attorney. Many offer free initial consults for such cases if they are interested in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Iowa on
Q: My Landlord filed bankruptcy in Iowa . The sheriff is holding an auction. I would like to know how much time I have?

I was purchasing the home from my landlord on contract I’m fine with losing that money it’s not worth it especially since he’s filing bankruptcy. The auction is coming up soon. I would like to know how much time I have (if any) after the auction?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 16, 2019

Probably 30 days after sale, give it take.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Iowa on
Q: What exactly is slander or deformation of character? Can I be sued if what I'm saying is absolutely true?
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 14, 2019

It varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and can vary from one situation from another. Simply put it is a false statement that hurts a person's reputation. You are allowed to express an opinion and you are allowed to state facts - everything else is a grey area. Yes, you can be sued even if what... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Iowa on
Q: Can receiving unemployment benefit affect my permanent residency status now or in future when applying for citizenship?

I am a Lawful Permanent Resident and have been recently laid off due to lack of work. My question is whether receiving unemployment benefit will be a ground for termination of my Green Card or deportation or preventing me from becoming a U.S. citizen in future?

Gunda Yohanna Brost
Gunda Yohanna Brost answered on Oct 14, 2019

Currently you cannot be denied citizenship for LAWFULLY receiving assistance but it can be an issue in several scenarios such as wanting to sponsor someone or if you want to travel abroad. Furthermore the current administration is trying everything they can to disqualify immigrants who have... Read more »

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