Our Office

COVID-19 UPDATES:  The Legal Aid Society of Story County continues to accept cases. At this time, the office is open to walk-in traffic; staff is working on site and remotely to provide access to legal representation in eligible cases. Applications can be filled out online, in person or call our office and we can mail one to you. Phones are answered Monday through Friday 9-5. We will return voicemails left outside those hours. General questions can be directed to contact@legalaidstory.org. Current clients are encouraged to email their attorney directly. 

Per CDC recommendations, MASKS ARE REQUIRED to enter our office.

Currently appointments are being scheduled in person or electronically based on individual preference.

EVICTIONS. If you find yourself facing eviction or foreclosure in Story County, contact us. We may be able to work with you through the process. Apply through the link on the “Our Services” page or call the office for more information. Please note that we do not provide financial assistance for rental payments through our office.

Who we are

Legal Aid Society of Story County is a non-profit corporation, formed in 1974 to provide legal assistance in civil matters to families who cannot afford to hire an attorney in private practice.

Our Attorneys

Peggy Michelotti
Executive Director 

Peggy served as a Staff Attorney in our office for five and half years before accepting a position at the Story County Attorney’s Office. While at the County Attorney’s, Peggy sat on the Board of Directors for Legal Aid. She returned to our office as the Executive Director in March of 2022. Peggy graduated from Drake Law and was admitted to the Iowa Bar in September of 2015. Peggy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 2012 and her Associate of Arts degree from Muscatine Community College in 2009. Peggy is a devoted public servant who has coached Mock Trial for the Ames Community School District since 2016 and is currently the President of the Story County Bar Association.

Bethany Miller
Bethany joined our office as a staff attorney after graduating from Drake Law School in 2016. During her time at Drake she worked as an intern for the Iowa Division of Worker’s Compensation and a variety of private firms. Bethany received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cedarville University in 2013. She majored in Pre-Law, knowing from an early age that she wanted to be an attorney.


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  • If you already have an account, click on the button to fill out of the intake form. 

Over 48 years of service


A young, energetic team


Working to get results

Our Supporters

Story County ASSET
Iowa State Bar Association
United Way
Story County Community Foundation