Low-income legal resources

Indiana Free Legal Answers
This statewide online resource allows those who qualify to ask volunteer attorneys specific questions about civil legal issues. After posing a question, you’ll receive an email telling you when your question received a response. If you already have a court date or other important legal deadline, Indiana Free Legal Answers can't promise you will have an answer before that day. You can use this website if all of these are true for you:

  • Your income is low for a family the size of yours.
  • The value of your checking account, savings account, stocks or bonds are low.
  • You aren't in jail or prison.
  • Your legal problem isn't related to a criminal charge.
  • You don’t already have a lawyer to help you with your legal problem.
  • You are an adult.

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Coalition for Court Access 
Use this website to find providers by county who provide low-income residents with a variety of legal resources. 
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Indiana Lawyers for Servicemembers
Indiana Lawyers for Servicemembers is a statewide network of attorney volunteers who provide legal assistance for current and former members of our military and, in some cases, their family members. Eligible servicemembers and family members include:

  • Current active duty Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel who list Indiana as home of record or current duty station
  • Current active duty Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel who are subject to imminent deployment or returning from a recent deployment
  • Current Indiana National Guard personnel, regardless of deployment status
  • Veterans seeking legal assistance for a service-related disability
  • Spouses of Indiana National Guard personnel when the legal issue affects the whole family and it is not adverse to the servicemember

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Indiana Legal Services
Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) is a not-for-profit law firm, and the largest provider of 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. Most of the cases ILS handles are 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.

In general, an applicant is financially eligible for legal assistance from Indiana Legal Services if that person's income is within 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
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Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic is a faith-based organization that promotes justice through legal representation and legal education for its low-income neighbors. The Clinic has offices in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, but also provides services statewide. Each year the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic serves 10,000 people for free with civil legal issues like immigration, housing, bankruptcy, expungement, and more. 
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Indianapolis Legal Aid Society
Indianapolis Legal Aid Society specializes in resolving civil legal matters in cases involving the rights of children, mothers, families, disabled persons, and the elderly. They provide free services to help families regain hope and dignity, and are proud to be the only public service law firm in Indiana where clients can talk with a lawyer in three days or less. 

Legal Aid serves individuals and families living in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby counties with incomes of less than 125% of the federal poverty guideline levels.
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