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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: A friend of mine was storing furniture for me and passed away. His family refuses to give it to me. I have recipts and

Serial numbers and a signed itemized list. I contacted police department and was told all I can do is take them to court. Not sure how to handle this? Help!!

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Apr 28, 2020

Your stored furniture has “serial numbers?” Interesting. You should immediately file a claim in the estate of your deceased friend (assuming an estate has been opened). I suggest that you immediately contact an Iowa attorney who handles civil litigation to discuss your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: A family member gave me $2,000 9 years ago to pay bills. Never brought it up until now after we had a falling out

Now she is demanding I pay her or she will take me to small claims. There was no contract as I didnt ever plan to pay her back. Does she have a case?

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Apr 18, 2020

The issue appears to be whether you received the $2,000 as a gift or whether there was some type of an agreement for the $2,000 to be a loan. Do the right thing.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: I need to file a general answer to the court for a debt collection. I can't find the form
Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Feb 4, 2020

Go to https://www.iowacourts.gov/for-the-public/court-forms/

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 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 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... 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 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 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... 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 Personal Injury, Products Liability and Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: My fathers civil case trial in Iowa settled in Iowa, now can attorney get the percentage from texas no cap or iowas

In texas they have no amount or percentage capped they can get more than 33% by using texas law in Iowa we get 33% of settlement. texas also charges for court cost experts who testified traveling cost there own plain flew hear. We won was allowed to be reversed we appealed it was sent back to... Read more »

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Jul 16, 2019

It is unclear as to what you are asking. You need to schedule an appointment (do not randomly call on the telephone) with your attorney and have him or her fully explain what is happening in your case.

3 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Iowa on
Q: Who owner the ampersand mark? Please refer to all information in registered trademark 86905207, from the USPTO website.

I asked for the ownership of this mark from its creation. Please validate.

Ahaji Kirk Amos
Ahaji Kirk Amos answered on Mar 21, 2019

I don't understand the question.

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: Do we have a right to travel on road ways . Hasn't the supreme Court ruled on this is a number of cases??

Since my travel are not commercial related and it's for me to pursue life liberty and right to happiness I don't need a Iowa DOT license ?

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Jan 29, 2019

Yes.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Iowa on
Q: I can prove perjury effected outcome of small claims in Iowa. Can I sue them again in small claims?
Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Dec 9, 2018

If the appeal time has not yet run, you should raise that issue on appeal. If the appeal time has passed, you can try to file another action based on the fraud perjury) the other party committed.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: Is there anything I can do about three Iowa city bar serving my 20-year-old son alcohol leaving ham rushed to the ER

The third bar my son was not able to even walk and I himself spilling several drinks on himself and the table when leaving the facility my son fell as a result of being rushed to the ER for two skull fractures and multiple brain bleeds he is not a legal age Let alone his intoxication level he... Read more »

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Sep 5, 2018

Unfortunately, the bars would likely sssert a complicity defense in the event that your son sued them on a dramshop theory for his injuries and would likely be successful.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: Do I need to hire a private lawyer to file a civil suit
Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Aug 30, 2018

Just as you don’t need to hire a contractor to build your house, you don’t need to hire an attorney to file a lawsuit . However, when your house crumbles or your lawsuit gets dismissed due operator errors, you have no one but yourself to blame. You retain professionals for a reason.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Iowa on
Q: Is there any thing I can do about a man making a sexual video tape of me while I was past out due to intoxication?

This man came to me a year ago wanting dna testing done on my 15 year old son. I was not aware I even had intercoarse with this man until people started telling me they seen a video of me past out. I rented an upstairs room in this man's house, about 17 years ago. I never dated him. I moved... Read more »

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Jul 22, 2018

You may have the grounds to go forward with a criminal complaint through the local county attorney’s office as well as a civil action against the man in question. I suggest that you immediately contact an attorney in Iowa who handles civil litigation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Iowa on
Q: I was a victim in a bank robbery and was assulted, later diagnosis with ptsd and had to leave my job can i sue the banks

The bank was robbed 2 times prior in less than 24 months, fbi was warning all banks a gang was robbing banks

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Jun 27, 2018

If the bank failed to take reasonable precautions to make its premises relatively safe, then you might have a claim worth pursuing. A significant issue is whether the robbery in question was reasonably foreseeable by the bank.

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