Charles City, Iowa Law Firm


Serving Clients Throughout Charles City and

Northeast Iowa

About The Firm

Founded in 1918, we are proud of the history of Noah Smith & Schuknecht as a Charles City law firm.

Noah Smith & Schuknecht is a full service law firm based in Charles City and serving clients throughout Floyd County and northeast Iowa. The firm consists of three attorneys and two staff members. At Noah Smith and Schuknecht we are devoted to assisting you with any legal matter in a prompt, considerate, and professional manner.
Noah Smith & Schuknecht is a general practice law firm that practices in many areas of the law, including but not limited to business matters, collections, family issues, probate, real estate, tax matters, trial and litigation, and wills, trusts, and estate planning. For a more thorough overview of what the attorneys of our firm can do for you, please visit our Areas of Practice.
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Ralph A. Smith

Ralph A. Smith has been practicing law in Iowa since 1976. He received his preparatory education at Carleton College and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law. Mr. Smith was the Assistant County Attorney of Floyd County, Iowa during 1979-1990. He then went on to be the City Attorney of Charles City, Iowa from 1994 to present. Mr. Smith is a Member of Floyd County and Iowa State Bar Associations.

Ralph A. Smith
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Cynthia Schuknecht

Cynthia Schuknecht admitted to bar, 1990, Iowa. Preparatory education, University of Northern Iowa (B.A., 1978); legal education, University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1990). Member: Floyd County (Secretary-Treasurer, 1990-93; President, 1993-94), 2A Judicial District, Iowa State (Grievance Commission, 1996-2006; Judicial Nominating Commission, 1996-2002) and American Bar Associations.

Cynthia Schuknecht
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Bradley Sloter

Brad Sloter is an associate attorney with Noah Smith & Schuknecht. He worked as a law clerk for the firm in the summer of 2012, and he began working as an attorney at the firm after being admitted as a member of the Iowa Bar in September 2013. Brad is a Charles City native who graduated from Charles City High School in 2006. Brad graduated from Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) in 2010 with a B.A. in Business Administration. He earned his J.D., with high distinction, from the University of Iowa in 2013. Brad is a current member of the Charles City Lions Club.

Bradley Sloter

Areas of Practice

Business Matters

We provide legal services to clients regarding business contracts and leases, business and corporate formation, including the drafting of organizational documents, and the maintenance of corporations and limited liability companies.


We represent creditors in collection actions, including, but not limited to foreclosures.

Family Issues

We assist clients with dissolutions, modifications, adoptions, juvenile court matters and child custody and support actions.

Municipal/City Law

We provided legal advice to the City Council, administration, and boards and commissions, prepare legislation, and prosecute cases in the municipal court.


We assist clients with the administration of estates, trusts, conservatorships, and guardianships, including the preparation of all necessary tax returns.

Real Estate

We assist clients with the purchase and sale of real property, and we assist clients with the preparation of purchase and lease agreements.

Tax Matters

We assist clients with tax planning, tax return preparation, and related services, including the preparation of federal and state tax returns for individuals, trusts, and estates.

Trial and Litigation

We represent individual clients and businesses in litigated matters from the time of filing through trial and appeal, if necessary.

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning

We assist clients with the preparation of wills, trusts, pre-marital agreements, general and limited powers of attorney, and medical powers of attorney.

Resources and Useful Links

Floyd County Property Taxes

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Floyd County Government

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Iowa Land Records

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Iowa Courts Online

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Iowa Secretary of State

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Iowa Judicial Branch


Call Us
Phone: 641-228-4533
Fax: 641-228-5748
200 North Johnson Street
Charles City, Iowa 50616
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