How to Find a Lawyer
If you are seeking a lawyer to
- 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 directory.
Court personnel are not permitted to
Court Appointed Attorneys
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.
May I represent
Yes. You 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
A person who is not a lawyer authorized to practice law in
Iowa cannot represent you in court.