Providing low-cost, limited scope services to clients needing help representing themselvesNeed Help? Contact Janice
Janice graduated from Grinnell College and the University of Iowa College of Law, both with honors. She began her career as a legal aid attorney in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia, and has continued to advocate for the most vulnerable people in our society. With more than 30 years experience in the legal field, she is passionate about ensuring that everyone has access to justice.Contact
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
How does limited scope representation work?
You can request brief advice about a specific legal issue or a short, one-time service such as document preparation or review. This one-time service is done without any expectation of long-term representation.
To request services, send Janice an email with your legal question, giving enough facts about your issue that will help answer the question. You will receive an email back telling you whether you are eligible (see eligibility information below). If you are eligible, you must sign the limited scope representation agreement and send it back with the fee. Janice may ask for additional information before responding to the request.
Why can’t I call?
In order to keep office expenses down so that this service can be provided at such a low cost to you, Janice has found that email is the best way to simply and affordably communicate with you. This also allows you to ask questions outside of regular office hours.
Who is eligible to use the service?
The service is limited to issues of Iowa civil law.
You may not use the service if you have already hired a lawyer to help with your legal problem.
You must provide your name, contact information, including an email address and phone number, street address, and zip code. You must also provide the full name of the opposing party so that Janice can check for conflicts of interest.
What happens if Janice cannot answer my question?
Janice might be unable to answer your question for a number of reasons. Some examples might be a conflict of interest, failure to respond to requests for additional information, or the question is determined to fall outside of her areas of expertise. If Janice cannot answer the question, she will inform you by email.
What type of relationship exists between me and the lawyer?
When you submit a question and receive an answer, there will be a lawyer/client relationship formed. That relationship, however, will be limited in scope and duration. The representation will be limited to providing an answer to the legal question or preparing a specific document. Janice will NOT provide continuing representation in the matter and will NOT represent you in court. You must consent to the limited nature of this relationship both as to scope and duration. If you do not accept the terms of the agreement, your question will not be answered or you will not be provided the requested services.
What do former clients say?
I look forward to hearing from you!
Contact Janice at firstname.lastname@example.org
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