COVID-19 legal aid information hotline established

MUSCATINE, Iowa – Iowans who have questions or who are experiencing legal problems due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 public health crisis now have an easy way to get legal advice.

A COVID-19 Legal Information Hotline developed by Iowa Legal Aid in partnership with the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Volunteer Lawyer Project is going live Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The Hotline number is 1 (800) 332-0419. The program was announced by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Tuesday, March 31.

The Iowa COVID-19 Legal Information Hotline is a free service available to Iowans who are experiencing legal issues due to the COVID-19 emergency. Iowa Legal Aid is hosting the hotline and working closely with the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project, to get all Iowans access to the key legal information and advice they need during this crisis.

Iowans experiencing any type of legal problem due to this crisis, such as facing eviction, being denied unemployment benefits, experiencing employment issues, or being a victim of identity theft, can call 1 (800) 332-0419. Callers will leave a message and Iowa Legal Aid staff will call them back to screen them for eligibility. Those who are eligible for Iowa Legal Aid’s free legal services will be connected with one of our attorneys; those who are not eligible for services will be connected with volunteer attorneys through the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association.