MASON CITY, Ia - If you’re a lawyer in Iowa, you’re required to deposit funds into a pooled account that generates interest. Now, that interest money, is being given in the form of grants to different programs in the state. This year, that total is $24 million.
Low-income Iowans who need a lawyer to hash out a civil case in court, can receive some of the money.
The Civil Legal Assistance Fund in Mason City is getting almost $6,000, after applying for a grant.
“You know, without that help, they may not be able to afford an attorney and if you have an attorney, more than likely, you’ll have a better outcome in your case,” says Court Administrator Scott Hand.
If you want to see if you qualify to receive financial assistance in your civil case, you can contact your clerk of courts for more information.