Gaumer, Emanuel, Carpenter & Goldsmith, P.C.


P.O. Box 601

111 West Second St.

Ottumwa, IA 52501






The most difficult, trying, and legally dangerous experience that many people will face is divorce.  Gaumer, Emanuel, Carpenter & Goldsmith provides quality representation to its clients during their hour of greatest need.  


 Attorney Michael Carpenter is a trained mediator, and is on the roster of certified mediators for the 8th Judicial District.  He is excited to mediate your family law case.  To schedule a mediation with Michael Carpenter, please call us at (641) 682-7579, or contact Michael Carpenter directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  He charges $75.00 per hour per person, with no minimum charge or administrative fee.  


Real Estate Landlord Tenant

Real Estate is the ultimate asset, and it is important to make sure that all of your dealings in real estate are efficient and error-free.


Criminal Law

When your liberty and reputation are on the line, you want to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Our law firm has a long history of criminal defense, dealing with cases from before an arrest is made all the way to prosecuting appeals of post conviction actions.


Personal Injury

The law imposes upon us all a duty to act in a reasonable and safe manner. When we do not, and someone is injured as a result, we are responsible for compensating the injured party.


School Law

Attorney Richard Gaumer has practiced in the area of school law for more than thirty years.  He represents school districts, teachers, administrators, and students in this unique and complicated area of the law.  


Trials & Appeals

In order to fully and effectively represent you, a lawyer must be willing and able to see the fight through to the end. That means a trials and appeal.


Social Security Disability

Our law firm assists people who are applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. We can help you with your case, from gathering and reviewing your medical records, requesting medical reports from your doctors, to representing you at your hearing.

Business Formation

We can help you start your business.  From choosing a business form, getting incorporated, establishing by-laws and ownership structures, our law firm is here to help you.  


Child Custody & Support

There is nothing more important to you than your children.  We understand that, and we strive to treat each child custody case as if it involved our own children.  


Probate Wills & Trusts

Probate is a court proceeding that allows an orderly “wrapping up” of the financial and legal obligations of a person who has died.

Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)

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Worker's Compensation

If you are injured at work, you have a workers compensation claim. If you are sick or injured and your work activities contributed to your injury, then you have aworkers compensation claim.

Workers Compensation

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Business Planning

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Guardianship & Conservatorship

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Wrongful Death

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General Practice

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Auto Accidents

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