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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.

1 Answer | 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 »

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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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Iowa on
Q: I was in a car accident and I had to have surgery on my elbow and arm now trying to get my movement back and strength

I am in therapy and the other driver ran a stop sign

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 11, 2019

There wasn't a question here. If you're wondering about your legal rights or what you should do, you're probably already aware that contacting an Iowa personal injury attorney would be a good first step. Most attorneys offer free initial consults on such cases. Based on your description, it's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on
Q: charged with a felony but the day before i plead guilty, the law changed reducing the amount to an aggravated misdeamer.

I was charged with theft 2nd, a class D felony in December 2018. I plead guilty on July 2nd, 2019. I later found out that on July 1st (1 day prior to my guilty plea, the law lowered the amount making it now an aggravated misdemeanor. I found this out after the psi report was completed. apparently,... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 29, 2019

Then spend the money and hire a private lawyer

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Iowa on
Q: my dads will states that he was in a office and signed it and he was in the hospital dying of esophagus cancer. his will

his will was changed 4 days before death he was in the hospital on phorpen every 3 hours

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Sep 21, 2019

You didn’t actually ask a question, but I am assuming that you are questioning the validity of his will. It does sound like you have some facts that might call the will into question. You should schedule a personal consultation with a probate attorney in the vicinity of where your dad had lived.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Iowa on
Q: My mother passed away and my siblings and I were left her house my brother and I reside in the home. Our sister has file

For bankruptcy. She listed the home she only has one third of the house and now the lawyer for her has told us we have to be out of the home in less than a week. We have no money to move a large house with 50 years of stuff pets, and my girlfriend has a trake and can't move things at all. Can this... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 18, 2019

You do not have to move unless ordered by the court. You and your. Either should hire a lawyer to defend your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Iowa on
Q: In the state of Iowa, filing for Chapter 13 joint bankruptcy, can court ordered attorney fees be discharged?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 18, 2019

Yes, possibly, depending on how they were characterized in the award of fees.

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for Iowa on
Q: I hired a lawyer to file an appeal for unemployment for me. I was told 1week from when I hired him thathis dictation

Did not go through do to a system update internally that he knew was happening. Now we missed the appeal date and I am stuck not able to legally and rightfully fight my case. The firm is offering me $600 and a oops. But I have now been out of work for 6weeks and am broke. I am certain if appealed I... Read more »

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Sep 5, 2019

The issues are: (1) whether you would have been successful on appeal had your attorney timely performed his duties; and if so, (2) the amount of unemployment insurance benefits you reasonably would have received. If you sue your former attorney for legal malpractice, you would need to retain an... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Federal Crimes and Banking for Iowa on
Q: It’s been 6 months since the situation can he still report fraud
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 5, 2019

I guess. I have no idea without facts, type of fraud, date of discovery and so many more questions

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on
Q: Should my son have a lawyer to go to court for an interference charge.

My son was at a party that was broke up by police. Initially he and some friends ran but realized that was the wrong thing to do so they stopped. They were arrested and charged with interference. He is very worried as he is going to school to become a teacher, how this will affect his future. We... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Aug 30, 2019

Would you go to court without an attorney?

Would you let your attorney do the same?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Tax Law and Business Law for Iowa on
Q: What is the least expensive way to buy into an LLC with regard to Iowa and federal tax cost?

Father and two siblings put farm into LLC (split 50/25/25). One of the siblings is going to nursing home and selling their membership units (25%). An agreed price has been established for units. Should the LLC buy the seller's units and then sell them to me? OR Should I buy into the LLC first? What... Read more »

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Aug 20, 2019

You need to hire a professional. There's a few things in your question that are not correct in regards to how an LLC functions. You're going to need more detailed advice than should be given through this forum.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: I am the victim of a crime in which the perpetrator has filed for PCR. Is that filed document public information?

I need to know if I am able to go to the Clerk of Court and print a copy of a civil post conviction relief form filed by the perpetrator of a crime against me.

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Aug 13, 2019

Go online to: https://www.iowacourts.state.ia.us/ESAWebApp/ESALogin.jsp and look up the case.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: What forms do I need to initiate a procedural due process case

The City wants to demolish my house and denied me a hearing

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Aug 13, 2019

It is more than just filling out a form. I recommend that you immediately hire an Iowa attorney who specializes in real estate / zoning law.

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Iowa on
Q: Can I ask for an attorney if I go to the Emergency Room?

no

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Aug 12, 2019

You can ask for anything that you wish; however, receiving medical treatment in an emergency room does not entitle you to an attorney (as with the situation in which one is charged with a crime and is being held in police custody).

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Iowa on
Q: Is it illegal for an adult to discuss sexual topics with a minor. (Not about doing things. Just the topic its self)

Like say an adult were to discuss a kink for example with a 17 year old. Just a simple topic or discussion. There is no hint of actually wanting to preform such acts one said 17 year old.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 8, 2019

IMO you should forget trying to find out if you can "discuss sexual topics with a minor." Why? Because you are treading into a very dangerous area where most intelligent adults on this side of prison bars do not intentionally go.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on
Q: Is a search warrant legal if on it states that they are looking for the items listed below .but there is nothing on list

On the warrant it says that they are looking for items listed below but there is nothing listed on there at all so the came looking for stolen things but have no idea what was stolen or if anything was in fact stolen but took things that were mine from my house

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Jul 29, 2019

Sounds a little suspicious. Typically a Judge would authorize police to conduct searches in relation to specific crimes or incidents. Police don't necessarily need to provide an exhaustive list of all items that they are searching for, but should provide a summary of the types of items. What would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Trademark for Iowa on
Q: How do i find out what classes to register my trademark under for a cosmetic company?
John Martin Hilla
John Martin Hilla answered on Jul 29, 2019

Your best avenue to a successful Federal trademark registration is to, first, schedule a knowledgeable trademark registration attorney, and, second, to retain that attorney or another such attorney to draft your application for you, utilizing information you provide not only regarding your current... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Iowa on
Q: I live in Iowa and i am on a month to month lease. I have been here over 2 years now and always paid my rent in full

From my pocket. It's been late a hand full of times but I've always paid late fee. Recently myself and significant other ran into some hard times. We are both jobless, he is receiving his last check from unemployment, and we are unable to pay the rent this month. We went to general assistance and... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 25, 2019

Find a way to pay the $300 immediately. By allowing you to pay partial payments your landlord will have a difficult time explaining why he stopped doing it--right after agreeing to do the general assistance thing. It sounds like the landlord (or perhaps the owner?) does not want the hassle of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Gov & Administrative Law for Iowa on
Q: How do I apply to be on the board for Iowa?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 22, 2019

It would depend on the board; there are many boards within the state that cover different areas, and each would likely have its own process, whether through appointment, election, application, or other route. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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