Iowa Legal Aid Services

January 5, 2021
Iowa Legal Aid Services

Iowa Legal Aid has a new project providing free legal services for low-income business owners, the Community Economic Development Project (CED). CED can help people start a business, or if the business already exists, help with legal matters related to the business. Examples of items where help is available, include drafting contracts, reviewing and negotiating contracts and leases, entity selection, entity formation, answering specific legal questions and giving advice on a variety of business-related matters. Clients must meet eligibility requirements, including income restrictions and other considerations.

Another goal of the project is to offer Community Legal Education presentations for the public. Iowa Legal Aid can present on general business law topics or can also present on a specific topic, if a group is  interested. Iowa Legal Aid can present in different languages.

There are three ways to apply for Iowa Legal Aid Services:

  1. Walk into any of the 10 offices. Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except Thursday afternoon) Bring paperwork about your business.
  2. Call 1.800.532.1275, Monday - Friday 9-11:00 a.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m. (except Thursday afternoon)
  3. Apply Online | Do not apply online if you have deadlines.

For issues or questions, please contact Samantha Wagner, staff attorney for the CED Project, at

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