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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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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.

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