How to Find a Lawyer
If you are seeking a
lawyer to represent you:
- Ask your friends, family, and colleagues
for a referral.
- Contact the Iowa State Bar Association's
attorney referral service toll free:
- Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory: www.martindale.com.
- Search the Internet or telephone
Court personnel are
not permitted to make referrals.
In certain types of
cases such as serious criminal, child in need of assistance, termination of
parental rights, and involuntary commitment, the court will appoint an attorney
for a person who cannot afford one.
are not required to use an attorney to represent you in court, but professional
legal representation is often warranted because of the complex nature of the
law and court procedures. Litigants who
represent themselves may miss important issues, make critical errors, or fail
to anticipate the consequences of their lawsuits. For these reasons, we strongly suggest that
people who are contemplating legal action or who have been served with a
lawsuit consult with an attorney.
A person who is not a lawyer authorized to
practice law in Iowa
cannot represent you in court.