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Peters Law Offices
309 First Street East
Independence, IA 50644
Phone: 319-332-2003
Fax: 319-334-9993
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Vinton Office
415 A Avenue
Vinton, IA 52349
Phone: 319-332-2003
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James T. Peters

James T. Peters

Solo Practitioner
Location:
Independence, Iowa
Phone:
319-332-2003
Fax:
319-334-9993
Email:

James T. Peters is a lifelong resident of the State of Iowa. He is a graduate of Washington High School in Vinton, Iowa. James attended Luther College In Decorah, Iowa, where he met his future wife, Sally. In his senior year in college, he attended American University In Washington, DC, and worked In the office of Iowa Congressman Jim Leach. After graduating from the University of Iowa Law School with distinction, he married Sally and worked in Marshalltown, Iowa, with the Cartwright, Druker a Ryden firm.

In 1985, he and Sally moved to Independence, Iowa, where they continue to live and have raised two children. In his free time, he enjoys biking and playing and performing with various Jazz groups in the area.

James has devoted his legal practice to advising and representing individuals and their families when facing some of their most important decisions such as the sale and purchase of real estate, estate planning, dealing with government agencies, i.e. the IRS and DNR, bankruptcy, divorce, work-related injuries, social security and elder law matters.

Areas of Practice

  • 25% Family Law (Divorce, Adoption, Custody, Child support)
  • 20% Bankruptcy Creditor Issue
  • 20% Estate Planning Probate
  • 20% Real Estate, Closing, Title Work
  • 15% General Practice
  • Mediation & Collaborative Law
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1983
  • Illinois, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1983
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2001

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
    • B.A. cum laude
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Clients

  • City of Manchester, Iowa
  • USDA Rural Housing Service
  • Farm Service Agency
  • Individual and Family Clients remain Confidential
  • City of Quasqueton
  • City of Winthrop

References

  • BankIowa
  • J&M Partnership
  • Office Town

Classes/Seminars

  • Retirement Planning for Deere & Co. Retirees, UAW, 1993 - 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • ISBA Family Section
  • ISBA Grievance Commission, Member, 1998 - 2004

Past Employment Positions

  • Cartwright, Druker & Ryden, Associate, 1984 - 1985
  • Ristvedt & Peters, P.C, Partner, 1987 - 1995

Pro Bono Activities

  • Music in Our Schools Foundation, 2008 - 2012
  • Attorney for various non-profit corporations serving the community, 1985 - 2012

Ancillary Businesses

  • Family Law Mediator
  • Tax Preparation Services

The Peters Law Offices has locations in Independence and Vinton, Iowa, and also serves clients in Manchester, Oelwein, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Jesup, Winthrop, Walker, Urbana, Hazleton, Brandon, Shellsburg, La Porte City, Cedar Rapids, West Union and Fayette, as well as in
Buchanan County, Delaware County, Black Hawk County, Linn County, Benton County and Fayette County and throughout the Cedar Valley.