Iowa: Every Legal, Medical, and Estate Planning Document You Need

Here's a complete guide to every critical medical, legal, and estate planning document and relevant state law for Iowa. Download these forms and get started with Pillar to organize all of your most important documents in one safe, secure, easy-to-use online storage solution

February 2, 2021

If you or a loved one lives in the Hawkeye State, there are a lot of important medical forms, legal documents, and state laws governing how you disburse your assets in a will or trust. It’s a lot to keep track of.

To help you out, we’ve compiled this list of the most essential documents you need to prepare your estate for any medical, legal, and end-of-life decisions if you live in Iowa. Start preparing you and your loved ones for the future with Pillar and keep every important document safe, organized, and ready to share when you need it.

Essential Iowa State Medical Laws & Forms

How to Get Your Medical Records in Iowa

Doctors in Iowa are required to retain medical records for at least

  • Adults: 7 years from the last date of service
  • Minors: 1 year after the minor attains the age of 19 years

To request your medical records, download and file this request form to authorize the release of your medical records.

Learn more about your rights when it comes to your medical records

Iowa Advance Directive for Healthcare

There are two types of advance directives for health planning in Iowa:

How to Become an Organ Donor in Iowa

According to recent statistics, there are 565 waiting for an organ transplant in Iowa. You can become an organ, eye and tissue donor in Iowa or register through the national registry database through the DMV.

Essential Iowa Legal & Estate Planning Documents

How to Create a Will in Iowa

To create a will in Iowa you must be:

  • At least 18 years old (or married)
  • Of sound mind
  • The will must be signed by the testator and two witnesses
  • The will must be in writing

Download and fill out the last will form.

Probate in Iowa

Probate is a court-supervised procedure for transferring ownership of someone’s assets after someone dies. Probate in Iowa can, and often does, last for up to two years. Probate is required in Iowa except for exceptions of estates valued less than $25,000 and only includes property.

Read more about the legal framework governing probate in Iowa for full details.

Does Iowa have Inheritance and Estate tax?

Iowa is one of twelve states that does have an inheritance tax. A decedent’s net estate has to be more than $25,000 for the tax to apply. Those exempt from this tax include the decedent’s spouse, decedent’s children, parents and grandparents, charitable organizations, charitable organizations, hospitals, public libraries and  humane societies.

Learn how to pay taxes after you receive an inheritance

Iowa Individual Income Tax

Filing individual income tax in the responsibility of every citizen in Iowa. For all the information you might require on taxation follow the links below:

How to Get a Birth Certificate in Iowa

In the state of Iowa, the is mandated to issue birth certificates to residents upon request. To apply for a certified copy of a birth certificate in Iowa, to obtain a replacement of your birth certificate or copy for a family member visit this Iowa Department of Public Health.

All applications must be notarized, and each copy of a certified birth certificate costs $15.

How to Get a Death Certificate in Iowa

The state of Iowa uses the Electronic Death Registration system as a database for death certificates at the Vital records Division. How does one obtain a certified copy of a death certificate?

Iowa Marriage Records

Just like death and birth certificates, marriage certificates in Iowa are maintained at the Vital Statistics database at the Department of Public Health.

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