Firm Overview

Keyte Law Firm was established May 1, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa. I have been in practice for nearly six years and representing clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy for approximately four years. I focus on quality of representation, not quantity of clients or cases.

Keyte Law Firm was established May 1, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa. I have been in practice for nearly six years and representing clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy for approximately four years. I focus on quality of representation, not quantity of clients or cases.

Keyte Law Firm represents clients who are struggling with debts, creditor issues, judgments, lawsuits, garnishments, creditor harassment, and foreclosure. I help clients determine whether to file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy to help with the above struggles. I maintain close client contact to guide them through the difficult process of filing bankruptcy.

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Main Office

Main
701 East Court Avenue
Suite A
Des Moines  IA  50309

Phone
  • (515) 699-8683
Fax
  • (515) 274-1364

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

The initial consultation is free and lasts between 30 minutes and an hour.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy Attorney fees can vary per case. After a detailed discussion, the fee will be determined.

Hourly Rates

Varies, between $150 to $200 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Bankruptcy choose me. When I graduated law school I thought I was going to focus on criminal defense. But the firm where I first practiced was moving in the direction of bankruptcy. Once I started doing bankruptcies, I knew this was the area of law I wanted to focus on.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe it is important for clients to take an active roll in their legal representation. Clients should become familiar with the legal terms involved and the process of the legal matter. It is also important that clients gain information from reliable sources, and if there is any question, discuss it with their attorney.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I would be reluctant to look over documents prepared by clients. This is due to ethical rules and obligations of the attorney. If the client merely wanted to be sure a document was in the proper format, that would not be an issue; but if I were to give any legal advice about the substance of the document, my name should appear on the document itself.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am willing to discuss issues with potential clients in general. However, I cannot give specific advice if I am not representing the clients in the matter.

Kerri M. Keyte

My first job as an attorney was to serve as a judicial clerk for a judge on the Iowa Court of Appeals. For approximately 18 months I helped an appellate judge with research and drafting legal opinions on a variety of matters including criminal, juvenile, family, contractual and other civil matters. When the clerkship was complete, I entered private practice for a small law firm in Des Moines, Iowa. For the first six months my work focused mostly in the areas of criminal defense, juvenile matters and family law issues. After the first six months I began filing Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies in the southern district of Iowa. I have filed approximately 500 Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies over the last four years.

Being an attorney has a lot to do with being able to relate to clients and explain the legal process. I meet one-on-one with my clients and build a rapport with them. I think that through jobs held in the past - even in high school - learning to communicate with others and build relationships has made me a better attorney. And I deal with a lot of the same issues my clients do: mortgages, car payments, student loans, daycare costs, etc. I understand what my clients are going through and can relate to their situations.

My style is fairly informal, I talk to my clients at a comfortable, personable level. I believe this is one of my strengths as it allows me to relate to my clients and build a relationship with them. My other strengths include being approachable, organized, and knowledgeable in the law.

Personal interests:

I am an avid reader, fiction novels specifically. I have two toddlers so I am constantly on the go. I enjoy playing with the kids and watching them learn. Though there is rarely time, I also enjoy yoga and going to the movies.

License
  • Bar Number: 18058
    Iowa , 2003
Education
  • Drake University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2002
    Des Moines, IA
    Agricultural Law Journal
  • Central Missouri State University
    B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in English , 2000
    Warrensburg, MO

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