Iowa Questions & Answers

Q: Can I travel internationally while my I-140 and I-485 pending?

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Iowa on
Answered on Jun 6, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
You can travel abroad using your advance parole.
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Q: Landlord putting home on market June 1st. Do i have to let him show it now?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Iowa on
Answered on May 27, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
LL has certain prerogative duly permitted by tenant to inspect, visit or show to any prospective buyer as is the case in hand. Otherwise you may give him a suitable time for visit.
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Q: My husband had a workers comp lawsuit. It was settled out of court. Would there be a case number.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Iowa on
Answered on May 22, 2018
Erik Luthens' answer
Yes. Contact: Iowa Workforce Development (Division of Worker's Compensation), 1000 E. Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319. Tel: (515) 725-4120

Q: Can I sue a hospital for misdiagnosing me and almost causing me to die?

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Iowa on
Answered on May 21, 2018
Stephen Douglas Lombardi's answer
Quick Answer: Anyone can file suit. But can you win? Probably not. Maybe, but probably not.

Why not? There are so many things wrong with the facts of which you described, that I am not even sure where to begin, but let's limit the issues and see if I can shed some light on why-not.

Long Answer: First of all you didn't die. You lived. You are alive. And therefore you have no wrongful death suit for almost dying. In the eyes of the law, sort of dying is sort of like being almost...
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Q: My husband is blind and requires a driver who is employed on a as needed basis . His works from home and travels .

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Iowa on
Answered on May 9, 2018
Erik Steven Fisk's answer
Discrimination claims depend on facts, and there simply aren't enough here to make a determination either way.

Q: im in Iowa any my neohew was charged with criminal mischeif in the second degree. the damage did no exceeded 2000.00,

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on
Answered on May 9, 2018
Erik Steven Fisk's answer
Criminal mischief, second degree is a Class D felony. Under Iowa Code 902.9(1)(e); "A class “D” felon, not an habitual offender, shall be confined for no more than five years, and in addition shall be sentenced to a fine of at least seven hundred fifty dollars but not more than seven thousand five hundred dollars."

Q: What does it mean if a charge is dismissed?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on
Answered on May 9, 2018
Erik Steven Fisk's answer
If it's dismissed, the charge is no longer being brought. It depends on whether the dismissal was with or without prejudice as to whether it could ever be brought again.

Q: I paid my rent in full on May 1 that was posted online. The 7th there was a note posted on my door stating I owed more.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Iowa on
Answered on May 9, 2018
Erik Steven Fisk's answer
If you're in St. Paul, you'll need to ask in Minnesota - because that would be governed by MN law, not IA law.

Q: So my parents abused me and I left about a year ago. I want to go back for my dogs. How would I do that?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Domestic Violence for Iowa on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Erik Steven Fisk's answer
Were you a minor? Are you a minor now? What's your claim to the dogs over your parents'? Generally speaking, pets are treated just like personal property under the law.

Q: Off duty cop questioned my 17yr said she was smoking in house can they do that??

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Iowa on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Erik Steven Fisk's answer
It depends on so many other things that aren't written in your question.

Q: Is it realtor fraud when realtor overprices a home in favor of the seller due to relationship with seller?

1 Answer | Asked in Broker Fraud for Iowa on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Erik Steven Fisk's answer
Your question is ridiculous. You don't claim "fraud" to argue a house is priced too high. If the price is too high, don't buy it.

Q: how much does it cost to file a dissolution of marriage in Iowa

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Iowa on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Erik Steven Fisk's answer
$185.00. You could also find this out on iowacourts.gov

Q: I hired a business to do all my hard work. He showed one day for maybe 45 min. Said he would be back later to finish fro

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Iowa on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Erik Steven Fisk's answer
Legit case? Maybe, for whatever amount of the $200 he didn't earn. I don't see why he would have to pay you for new lawn service, though.

Q: Can you overturn an already paid for ticket?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Iowa on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Erik Steven Fisk's answer
Paying it = pleading guilty. Only in exceptional circumstances are you able to revisit a guilty plea. It is unlikely you would be able to do so here.

Q: How long can the police hold something over your head before they can no longer charge you, & is it legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Iowa on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Erik Steven Fisk's answer
It depends on how long the statute of limitations is for the charge, and yes, they can wait for that time period to file charges.

Q: is an apartment suppose to be provided a smoke alarm? or does the resident have to purchase it?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Iowa on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Erik Steven Fisk's answer
It depends. Your City's rental code (if it has one) is the first place to look.

Q: Would my employer be responsible for my termination if they failed to provide a reasonable accommodation and resolution?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Iowa on
Answered on May 6, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
Where there is a charge of "misconduct" on the part of an employee, it need to be handled as per employer's rules and guidelines: e.g. fact finding inquiry wherein both sides will be represented or presented to present their case; recommendations/findings thereof may or may not terminate any employee. Question still remains whether an accused is involved or mere facing charges; whether there are clear and convincing evidence against the accused, etc.

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Q: My father died of mesothelioma, we were not included in lawsuit, but estate has been in probate. How can we still file

2 Answers | Asked in Probate and Wrongful Death for Iowa on
Answered on May 1, 2018
Stephen Douglas Lombardi's answer
I am only willing to put the time into answering this question if I am hired on a contingent fee basis to represent the estate. The Administrator or Executor would need to call my office, schedule a time to talk and then decide if they wanted to hire the Lombardi Law Firm. It is doubtful any lawyer will do put in the time unless they represent the estate. Feel free to call if this works for you.

Q: I broke my ankle at work..hit by a fork lift. The company okd my surgery..but now my claim is denied..how and why?

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Iowa on
Answered on Apr 28, 2018
Stephen Douglas Lombardi's answer
There are many ways or reasons why an employer's workers' compensation insurer can or will deny a claim. This forum is no place to discuss the issues, as you have no attorney-client privilege here. Call our office on Monday and we can discuss if you have a claim we would accept.

Q: Can a shared post on Facebook be worthy of defamation if part is public record and part is photo evidence of the injury?

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Iowa on
Answered on Apr 23, 2018
Erik Luthens' answer
"Threatening" to sue for defamation is much different than actually recovering damages based on a defamation claim. Truth is a classic defense to a defamation claim.

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