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Cynthia Bahls



The Law Shop

413 Grant Street/ P.O. Box 252, Van Meter, IA 50261

I've been where you are. That is why when you enter my office for the first time I want you to feel this is a safe space where I not only listen to you, I understand you. I will do my utmost to be friendly and accessible, and thoroughly explain all legal proceedings so that you are confident and secure in the legal advice and assistance I am providing you. My ultimate goal is that you emerge from your legal matter whole, satisfied, and taken care of at every step in the process.

Since graduating from Drake Law School and my admittance to the Iowa Bar in April of 2005, I have practiced primarily in the field of family law, assisting families through divorce and custody matters. About four years ago, following my own family's struggle with my mother's Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, I decided to expand my practice to include work in the probate arena. Since then I have found great personal fulfillment helping families find the necessary resources to take care of their loved ones by guiding them through the guardianship and conservatorship process with dignity and compassion. I also work with my clients to be future-focused and develop comprehensive estate plans that ensure they and their loved ones will be protected against the uncertainties that life inevitably throws our direction.

No matter what your legal need, it is my primary objective to assist you in reaching an amicable resolution without the need for formal litigation, and the stress, time, and money it costs everyone involved. I am a certified family law mediator and recently completed my training as a collaborative professional. For me, a team approach is almost always the best approach. However, I know that sometimes it is not possible to bring all parties to the negotiating table. In that case, I am also a confident litigator. So, if you need someone to go to bat for you in the courtroom, I am ready and willing to accept the challenge.

Since I also understand the need for a good work/life balance, on the weekends you can often find me with my husband, Bill, and our fur-babies taking pride in Iowa's growth and opportunities by enjoying various events, festivals, and restaurants all over the state. As a self-professed "foodie," if you need a suggestion for a tasty delight, chances are I've been there, tried that! I recently discovered the joy of biking in and around Des Moines, and even though I'm not good, I also can be found "relaxing" with friends during a round or two of golf. When time allows, I also love to travel. Recent adventures include hiking in the Black Hills, SD, going on a Maine windjammer cruise throughout Penobscot Bay, and taking in our nation's history in Washington, D.C., Gettysburg, PA, and Fredericksburg, VA.

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