Civil Litigation Attorneys for Iowa

Offering strong legal representation and expert advice in a range of practice areas for over 30 years, Boliver Law Firm provides clients in Iowa with legal assistance from experienced attorneys with track records of success. Our firm is committed to aggressively defending your interests while maintaining the highest of ethical standards. With this approach, we are able to help clients successfully protect their rights and achieve their goals. From immigration challenges to personal injury cases, we provide strong legal counsel, no matter your situation. In addition to the areas outlined below, we also represent clients in other matters, including business formation, taxes, estate planning and probate.”

If you need advice regarding the law in Iowa , call us today at 641-752-7757 to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled attorneys.


Family-Based Immigration Services

Facing the prospect of obtaining Immigrant or Non-Immigrant Visas for you or your family can be overwhelming. Our goal is to reunite families and there are times when that reunification is made more difficult due to a family member's entry into the United States without inspection. We are here to help walk you through this complex process and provide you with legal guidance to make your experience as efficient and effective as possible. This includes preparing and filing the necessary petitions and proof to start the immigration process. In addition, we advise you on the necessary evidence to gather for a "Waiver of Unlawful Presence," if necessary, and will draft a legal brief using that evidence as support. In addition, our attorneys are available to counsel you in your Adjustment of Status case or Consular Processing case.

Removal Defense

If you or a family member have been detained and are facing deportation due to a crime, illegal entry, mistaken identity, or other accusation, the attorneys at Boliver Law Firm can speak with you about your options. We are ready to talk to you and your family about your case and will work to find the best solution and defense for you. We understand that the process can be confusing and frightening and we are here to take the time to make sure you understand the process and your options.

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Citizenship and Naturilization

Whether you need a Green Card or are ready to transition from a Lawful Permanent Resident to a United States Citizen, our attorneys are ready to help you through the process. Three years after you have a Green Card, without conditions, you are eligible to begin the process of becoming a United States Citizen. This is an exciting time for many of our clients and we are happy to provide the guidance needed to make this process move as smoothly as possible.

Immigration Resources


Family Law

At the main law office of the Boliver Law Firm, in Marshalltown, Iowa, we are dedicated to helping families achieve the best possible results in resolving disputes. Since 1982, our lawyers have provided their experience, knowledge, and skill in many different aspects of family law.

Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage

Lawyers at our Iowa law firm understand that a divorce can be a difficult and emotional time. We offer guidance through the divorce process, helping spouses resolve important issues that may affect their future quality of life:
  • Equitable Distribution of Marital Property and Debts
  • Restoration of Name Change
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support

Child Custody Disputes

Child custody disputes occur in several different situations. They are often a factor when two parents are divorcing. Non-married parents may also need a lawyer's help to resolve a child custody dispute, which may or may not involve adjudicating paternity.

Our law firm also helps parents with child custody modification and enforcement. We understand that, as time passes, families' needs change. Child custody agreements that once worked well may need to be changed. Our attorney can help families make these changes in Iowa family law courts.


We also represent fathers and mothers in paternity proceedings, establishing a legal father for a child born outside of marriage. In some paternity cases, a DNA test may be required. Other issues of child support, custody, and visitation may need to be resolved as well.

Juvenile Law

Legal matters that affect children can have a serious affect on the whole family. At the Boliver Law Firm, we understand this. Since 1982, our attorneys have handled matters of juvenile law for families near our main Marshalltown office and throughout Iowa. We negotiate with the Iowa Department of Human Services and with prosecutors to complete a child's reunification with his or her family or while fighting juvenile charges.
Most cases involving bad behavior on the part of someone under age 18 end up in juvenile court before a juvenile court judge. Parents should understand that an adjudication of delinquency can have serious consequences for your child. They may face probation, residential placement, or placement in a substance abuse treatment facility or group home. Even if the punishment is less serious, your kid could face trouble getting into the right schools or getting financial aid. For these reasons, it is critical to work with an attorney right away to build a strong defense.

Workers' Compensation

If you have been injured on the job, how will you get the health care you need? How will you pay medical bills and support your family? Working with an attorney who knows Iowa workers' compensation law is the best way to get solid answers and put an end to worry.

At the Boliver Law Firm, in Marshalltown, Iowa, we represent injured workers in matters of workers' compensation. We can help you submit claims, complete the arbitration process or appeal a denied claim. Contact our law firm to discuss your work injury with an experienced Marshalltown workers' compensation attorney.

Workers' Compensation Briefly Explained

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance that protects employers from being sued when a worker is injured. Workers' compensation reimburses injured workers for their losses and damages in place of payments resulting from a lawsuit.

In Iowa, workers' compensation law recognizes different types of injuries. Injuries can be scheduled and unscheduled:
  • Scheduled Injuries: If an injury is considered a scheduled injury, like a lost limb or finger, workers' compensation amounts are based on predetermined values.

  • Unscheduled Injuries: If an injury is an unscheduled injury, like an injury to your back, shoulder or joint, you and your lawyer must take legal action to prove your losses. Repetitive stress injuries (also called repetitive motion injuries) also fall under this category.

Looking Beyond Workers' Compensation

If you have been injured at work, you may have heard that your only recourse is to file a workers' comp claim. This is not necessarily true. There are some limited circumstances where injured workers can file a personal injury lawsuit for workplace accidents. In these cases, the worker was actually harmed by a third party, like a sub-contractor at the job site, or defective equipment.

Criminal Law

If you have been accused of a crime, the lawyers at the Boliver Law Firm can help you to protect your future. Since 1982, attorneys at our main office in Marshalltown, Iowa, have been representing people facing criminal charges. We handle criminal work related to various allegations, both felonies and misdemeanors. Much of our practice, however, is focused on defending people accused of OWI in Iowa.

Drunk Driving Charges?

We represent people facing their first, second, and third OWI (often referred to as DUI or DWI). As thorough and effective lawyers, we leave no stone unturned when preparing your defense. We investigate all the evidence against you to make sure the police have not violated your Constitutional rights. This includes looking at the fields sobriety tests used and the results of a breathalyzer or blood test.

We also represent people accused of other crimes in Iowa state courts. We understand that people facing these charges may be worried about their futures, so we take steps to effectively minimize the consequences of a conviction on:

  • Criminal Traffic Offenses
  • Serious Injury by Motor Vehicle/Vehicular Homicide
  • Drug Charges

Personal Injury

Our attorneys represent plaintiffs who have been injured in accidents. We understand that an injury that happens in just a moment can change the course of a life, so we take action to hold negligent actors accountable for the harm caused in:
  • Auto Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Premises Liability (slip and fall case, negligent security, injuries on another's property)
  • Workplace Injuries


We provide cost-effective legal counsel to individuals and small businesses who face bankruptcy. We help resolve financial problems through alternatives to bankruptcy as well.

Personal Bankruptcy

If you are no longer able to pay your bills, the federal government has created special laws to protect you. Bankruptcy laws forgive past debt so that you can focus on paying your bills in the future. This legal fresh start is often considered by courts to be a reasonable alternative when debtors are so overwhelmed by financial responsibility that they can no longer be productive.

At the Boliver Law Firm, we help clients file for personal bankruptcy in Iowa. For individuals, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy may be a good option, depending on your situation. We understand that bankruptcy may not be the best option for you. Our lawyers often help our clients explore alternatives to bankruptcy. Call Boliver Law Firm at 641-752-7757 to learn how we can help your financial situation.

Small Businesses

Many of our clients own and operate small businesses in Iowa. When these clients struggle with debt, bankruptcy may be an option for them when they can no longer continue operating their companies financing the day to day expenses with credit cards and personal loans. Bankruptcy law allows these businesses a fresh start that keeps them from taking on more debt and ending up in worse financial shape.

To learn more about the bankruptcy process, follow the link below for useful videos.

Bankruptcy Resources


Commercial Litigation

We also represent small and mid-sized businesses across Iowa in business disputes. Our work includes resolving disagreements in contract interpretation, contractor and sub-contractor disputes, and disagreements based on vendor and vendee contracts.

While we are always prepared to go to trial, the truth is that civil litigation is often resolved before reaching the courtroom. By thoroughly preparing for trial, however, we are often able to help our clients achieve more favorable settlements. Our opponents know we are serious and do not wish to risk losing a jury trial.


The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) is a very powerful branch of the United States Government. They have many resources and powers available to them to enforce tax repayment and any fines or charges that result. If you have been targeted by the IRS then you will need an experienced advocate to guide you to the best possible resolution.

Payment Options

If you have been contacted by the IRS about repayment of taxes then you will have pay them back. However, there can be a large difference in the amount you are required to pay and what the time frame of that payment will be. The tax law attorneys at Boliver Law Firm have the experience and understanding of the system to provide you with the best possible repayment option.

It can take many years for the IRS to identify a tax claim that requires repayment. This is due to the fact that the IRS processes so many audits and claims. As a result, once you are finally targeted, the amount can be quiet staggering, especially if you have many years of underpayment or do not file a claim. If you feel you may have under payed or if you have not filed taxes in the past, do not wait, contact our tax attorneys to try and reduce your payment as much as possible.

Small Businesses

If you are a business owner and have not filed payroll taxes, then these charges can build quite rapidly over time. If you have received a repayment notification or feel you have under payed or not filed, then receive the guidance of our tax attorneys to help you navigate the process and find the most desirable possible outcome.

Estate Planning

Estate planning pertains to much more than just a last will and testament. It also includes ensuring other aspects of your estate, not just in the instance of death, but also in case of a sever medical condition including mental health.

Our expert estate planning attorneys can help establish a proper power of attorney so that someone you trust can make legal decisions on your behalf should you be physically or mentally unable to make your own choices, particularly related to health concerns.

Estate planning also includes developing strategies to avoid or reduce taxes and other costs to your estate. It can also protect larger portions of your estate for your inheritors from your creditors.

Estate planning is vital to securing a better future for you and your loved ones which will help bring piece of mind. Reach out to us in Grinnell and Marshalltown, IA to get started on planning your estate.