Iowa Questions & Answers

Q: Do I owe the IRS money for my ex boyfriend claiming my kids on his taxes?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Iowa on
Answered on Nov 16, 2017

You are not responsible for his tax debt. The IRS will not send you a bill because the debt is his not yours. The amount that he is telling you he owes is not unreasonable. Unless you or your children made over $4050 than he was allowed to claim the children if he was providing more than half of their support. He may just need to prove that they lived with him and he provided more than half of their support.
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Q: In short, is a dog owner responsible for a dog who damages material property in a home (shoes, glasses, etc)?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

It is the roommates responsibility to control her pets and any damage the dog does is her's to pay to repair or to replace. No if's, and's or but's about it.
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Q: If a slogan is trademarked by a maker of protein bars (their packaging), can that slogan be used for t-shirt design?

1 Answer | Asked in Trademark for Iowa on
Answered on Nov 13, 2017

Possibly so. An attorney would need to review the two trademarks to give a confident answer. The design, the description of goods and services, the t-shirt design, and how you plan to to sell the t-shirt could impact whether or not the trademark may be registered.
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Q: How do I reopen a closed case if I remember how it went down? I was 3 but it came to me randomly like a few months ago.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Appeals / Appellate Law for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 31, 2017

Talk to the police. They may have a "closed case" unit.
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Q: I am on probation am I able to bow hunt for deer?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Estate Planning, Federal Crimes and Probate for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 27, 2017

It depends on the terms of your probation and your particular case. For example, if the crime for which you are on probation involves hunting wildlife on federal lands then probation may include the condition that prohibits hunting including by bow. However, if you are generally asking whether bow hunting is prohibited by the "standard" terms of federal probation, unless it is specifically prohibited, then it does not appear to be an issue because it is doubtful that bow hunting would be...
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Q: Iowa rescue shelter is threatening to file a claim for breach of contract. What are my rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Agricultural Law and Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 25, 2017

It is improper and may even be a crime for someone to threaten to have someone put in jail over a disputed civil matter, such as an unpaid bill. In Polk County we refer to that as extortion. The contract you signed is what governs who should pay for what and when.
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Q: Hi I live in Iowa and my employer is from Iowa but the company he has his trucks leased to is from South Dakota .

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 14, 2017

It appears you likely have a claim subject to Iowa and an Iowa lawyer would probably handle it. From the question number one seems to be true. From the little information provided I am uncertain if number two is also true. I know you live in Iowa. Do you regularly work in Iowa? Do you drive across Iowa? Is there a written contract with a provision detailing where a work injury claim is venued?

You likely need to visit with an Iowa lawyer, so the lawyer can get exact facts and make a...
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Q: Iowa, our female ran off 3 months ago, a neighbor 3 miles away has her, doesn't want to give her back, my rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 13, 2017

According to the law, the dog is property. The owner can sue in District Court for the dog to be returned, via a procedure commonly referred to as a replevin. Or in small claims court for the value of the dog. Or consider reporting it to the police and asking law enforcement to assist in obtaining the dog's return to the rightful owner.
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Q: Hi, I'm wondering if I can sue the Orthopedic doctor who failed to diagnose and treat my ankle for bone marrow edema...

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 12, 2017

Probably not. It appears your damages would be limited to pain, suffering and some additional discomfort. That's not enough to warrant spending the amount of money it would take to prove that medical malpractice occurred. This even assumes any did occur which I am not convinced did. In evaluating medical malpractice, the first step is always whether the case would be economically feasible if there is malpractice and your case does not meet this threshold requirement.
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Q: In Iowa can a lawyer take part of my weekly checks like 2 for me 1 for lawyer and so on

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 6, 2017

Yes. It sounds like you have a contingent fee agreement. One-third goes to the attorney. Unless you agreed to pay him/her by the hour. Did you?
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Q: I just turned 17 and my father is constantly threatening to kick me out and its happend before. what are my options?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 4, 2017

Legally none. At least not as you've described the situation. Practically you could try doing what he says. After all isn't he paying the bills.
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Q: I passed a stopped school bus and am under the age of 18 and was wondering about the consequences?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 4, 2017

If the facts are as you describe them, nothing will happen. If the facts are different in terms of the timing of the sign unfolding you may receive a citation for failing to stop. Were you on your cell phone texting? It is not an excuse, at least not a valid one, but you might consider the question and the implications of what would have happened had you been texting and children were crossing the street.
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Q: I am a 17 year old in the state of Iowa. 18 in March. If I ran away would I be forced to come home?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 4, 2017

You'd better stick with Grandma until you are 18. You may not like Grandma, but so long as her house is safe, secure, warm, you have bed and there is food on the table - do your chores, go to work and re-enroll in school. Dropping out of school is never a wise decision. You have your entire life ahead of you and working as a waitress or some other "always-on-your-feet" job quickly gets old. I handle a lot of cases for injured workers who do not have a high school education or even a GED. They...
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Q: Minor injured at work

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 4, 2017

Hmmmm.... Interesting question. I would love to know in which industry he was working. Probably a restaurant. No matter. The kid has a workers' compensation claim; I think you know this. But your question goes to notice to the family and if there is a duty to the family, which was breached, and then are there damages that flow from the failure to give notice. And I would say, probably-maybe-who knows, as to the notice, but no as to the damages issue. And if the answer to the damage issue is a...
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Q: Son(7) threw apple over fence. Neighbor dogs fought over it. Who pays vet bill?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Iowa on
Answered on Oct 4, 2017

In which state did this happen? In which town or city? Let's assume for a minute that the seven year old boy is responsible. Then the boy's parents, if they have a homeowner's policy would likely by the one paying the bills, minus any deductible.
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Q: Can a paternity test be court ordered by the potential father if the mom is unwilling to test, on a 10 year old?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Iowa on
Answered on Sep 30, 2017

Possible father can move request for paternity test through court in order to determine the actual parenthood under these special circumstances.

Child support was spent / consumed by child. How can that be reimbursed.

Custody of child could be shared on 50/50.
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Q: When does the statute of limitations start for Identity Theft Cases where the Bank was used for the ID Theft?

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for Iowa on
Answered on Sep 18, 2017

I recommend you speak with an attorney in your jurisdiction because your question is complex and depends on what claims you bring. In other words, certain federal claims have a one or two year statute of limitations, while some state law claims expire only after three, five or even longer period of years. The general rule is that a cause of action accrues and the time period to sue begins to run when you first can maintain a case, meaning you have sustained damages. The discovery rule may or...
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Q: Was just fired from a job for a having back problems. Dr requested I be put on light duty for 2 weeks. Was then fired

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Iowa on
Answered on Sep 15, 2017

The answer will depend upon the specific factual circumstances of your situation. You should schedule a meeting with an employment law attorney.
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Q: What should I do about my former boss and partner ,who is my landlord, breaking in and hitting my head with his gun?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Iowa on
Answered on Aug 31, 2017
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Q: How do I find out if I have a qualified personal injury to tenant on property resulting in broken and no income fortenat

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for Iowa on
Answered on Aug 31, 2017

A picture is worth a thousand words. I say that quite often but mostly in the area of premise liability cases where a defect has said to cause an injury and the injured person calls us asking if we will take their case. We need to see the condition that you believe is the defect. And then we need to understand how and if the events could have happened as you say they did. When you take photographs those images should be as close in time to the actual injury event as possible. The images should...
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