Pro Bono or Low Cost Legal Assistance in the Indianapolis Area
A Guide to Finding Legal Aid Resources for Those Who Cannot Afford an Attorney. These resources do not handle criminal cases, and this list is provided for informational purposes.
Pro Bono or Low Cost Legal Assistance In the Indianapolis, Indiana Metro Area Document Prepared by Brian Cowell Pro Bono or Low Cost Legal Assistance in the Indianapolis Area prepared by Brian Cowell Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Services provided in the Indianapolis Metro Area Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic offers pro bono legal representation and preventive law education to low income families, including immigrant families. They accept clients in the greater Indianapolis metro area whose income is at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. NCLC provides legal assistance with issues ranging from landlord/tenant issues, guardianship, custody/visitation (they accept very few of these contested cases), immigration, bankruptcy, child support, housing/foreclosure, wills/estates, social security and disability claims, discrimination, consumer/debt, tax controversies, and other civil areas. They require perspective clients to attend an intake session to present their request and reasons for needing legal assistance. For information about intake sessions and locations, call (317) 429-4131. For additional information, you may visit http://www.nclegalclinic.org. Heartland Pro Bono Council Services Provided in the Indianapolis Metro Area Heartland Pro Bono Council provides pro bono attorneys to eligible clients for civil cases only. Heartland does not handle criminal cases, criminal appeals or Post Conviction Relief cases. They accept clients in the greater Indianapolis metro area whose income is at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. They require perspective clients to call (317) 614-5304 and leave a message regarding their reasons for requesting legal assistance. An attorney will return your call to discuss your case and to determine if you are eligible to receive legal assistance. For additional information, you may visit http://www.heartlandprobono.org. Indianapolis Legal Aid Society Services Provided in the Indianapolis Metro Area Indianapolis Legal Aid Society provides pro bono legal assistance primarily to clients who have family legal issues, but also provides legal assistance with cases involving bankruptcy, housing, property, debt, and many other noncriminal legal issues. They specialize in adoption, paternity, visitation, guardianship, support, custody, and divorce cases. ILIS provides assistance to persons whose income is at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. ILAS makes a special effort to make appointments available quickly, and they require an intake appointment to determine your eligibility for their services. They are able to refer people who do not meet their income criteria to a network of attorneys that can provide services for reduced fees. An appointment to meet with an attorney can be scheduled by calling (317) 635-9538. For additional information, you may visit http://www.indylas.org. Page 2 of 4 Pro Bono or Low Cost Legal Assistance in the Indianapolis Area prepared by Brian Cowell Indiana Legal Services, Inc. Referrals to Services Provided throughout The State of Indiana Indiana Legal Services is a law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income people throughout the State of Indiana. ILS helps clients who are faced with legal problems that harm their ability to have such basics as food, shelter, income, medical care or personal safety ILS handles cases such as family law where there is domestic violence, housing, consumer law, access to health care, and access to government benefits. ILS does not handle any criminal matters. Applicants are financially eligible for legal assistance from Indiana Legal Services if that person's income is within 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. In certain circumstances, an applicant can be financially eligible for assistance from Indiana Legal Services if the applicant is within 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For additional information, you may visit http://www.indianajustice.org. Page 3 of 4 Pro Bono or Low Cost Legal Assistance in the Indianapolis Area prepared by Brian Cowell Information Sources & Non-Affiliation Statement: Most of the information gathered to publish this document was obtained through the use of internet searching, visiting each organization's website and through the dissemination of written and published documentation. As the preparer and publisher of this document, I make no claim to the intellectual rights or ownership of any information which may be obtained directly through the aforementioned means. I, as the publisher and preparer of this document, have no affiliation whatsoever with any of the organizations to which I have made reference within this publication. 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