Free Legal Aid in Gary

Last updated: November 15, 2013

Do you have a legal issue in Gary, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? There are many free or low-cost legal service options for Lake County residents. One of the main providers is Indiana Legal Services, a nonprofit legal aid organization providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors. There may be income limits that apply for you to qualify for free/low-cost help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you should you need legal advice in the “Magic City of Steel.”

General Law

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana

    1031 East Washington Street
    Indianapolis
    , IN 46202

    Tel: (317) 635-4059

    Areas of Law: Discrimination, Election and Voting, Freedom Speech, Freedom of Religion, Immigration Rights, LGBT Rights, Privacy, Police Practices, Jail and Prison Conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.

    Good to Know: The ACLU does not usually assist in the following types of cases: criminal defense or post-conviction appeals, divorce or child custody disputes, property disputes, tax problems, workers compensation issues, consumer complaints, landlord-tenant disputes, building code issues and complaints about lawyers or judges. Requests for legal assistance can be submitted online.

  • City of Hammond Legal Aid Clinic Department

    5231 Hohman Avenue
    Suite 605

    Hammond
    , IN 46320

    Tel: (219) 853-6611

    Areas of Law: Consumer, Public Benefits, Housing, Educational,
Guardianships, Landlord/Tenant Disputes, Wills, Living Wills and Family Law

    Good to Know: This agency only serves residents in the city of Hammond. To qualify you must meet economic requirements based on household size, weekly income and equity in autos and homes. Exceptions can be made for domestic violence victims. Call to learn more.

     

  • Indiana Legal Services

    Hammond Branch, Greater Hammond Community Center
    824 Hoffman

    Hammond
    , IN 46320

    Tel: (219) 853-2360

    Areas of Law: Family law, Consumer law, Senior law, Housing issues, Public benefits

    Good to Know: This office only serves Lake and Porter Counties. They offer advice/legal counsel, brief services, self-help clinics, community legal education, and referrals, as well as full representation in administrative hearings and county, state, and federal courts. They do not assist with criminal cases. Applicants must qualify for services under financial guidelines. These guidelines are based on household size, income and assets. Most families who receive government benefits or who have minimum wage jobs are eligible for services.

     

  • Indiana Legal Services

    Merrillville Branch
    7863 Broadway Street, Suite 205

    Merrillville
    , IN 46410

    Tel: (219) 738-6040

    Areas of Law: Family law, Consumer law, Senior law, Housing issues, Public benefits

    Good to Know: This office serves Jasper, Lake, Newton, and Porter counties. They offer advice/legal counsel, brief services, self-help clinics, community legal education, and referrals, as well as full representation in administrative hearings and county, state, and federal courts. They do not assist with criminal cases. Applicants must qualify for services under financial guidelines. These guidelines are based on household size, income and assets. Most families who receive government benefits or who have minimum wage jobs are eligible for services.

     

  • Indiana Pro Bono Commission

    615 N Alabama St
    Suite 122

    Indianapolis
    , IN 46204

    Tel: (317) 269-2415

    Areas of Law: Civil

    Good to Know: The Pro Bono Commission does not provide direct legal representation, but can provide a list of pro bono attorneys and resources.

     

  • NWI Volunteer Attorneys

    651 E. Third Street
    P.O. Box 427

    Hobart
    , IN 46342

    Tel: (219) 945-1799

    Areas of Law: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Consumer, Paternity, Custody, Child Support, Parenting Time, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Landlord/Tenant, Foreclosure Defense, Public Benefits, Wills, Guardianships, and Non-profit corps

    Good to Know: They only serve low-income residents of Lake, Jasper, Newton, and Porter Counties. They do not handle criminal, traffic/drivers license, juvenile delinquency or cases for money damages.

     

  • Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

    Catholic Charities
    940 Broadway

    Gary
    , IN 46402

    Tel: (317) 429-4158

    Areas of Law: Landlord/Tenant, Guardianship, Custody/Visitation, Immigration, Bankruptcy, Child Support, Housing/Foreclosure, Wills/Estate, Disability Benefits, Discrimination, Consumer/Debt, and Tax Controversies. 

    Good to Know: This clinic only operates during certain times/days. Call or visit the website to learn more. You must be a resident of Lake County and meet certain income levels to qualify for services. They do not accept criminal or divorce cases.

     

Disability Law

  • Disability Legal Services of Indiana

    5954 N. College Avenue
    Indianapolis
    , IN 46220

    Tel: (317) 426-7733

    Areas of Law: Education, Probate, and Disability law compliance

    Good to Know: This is a statewide agency. They cannot offer legal advice or answer legal questions over the phone.

     

Family Law

  • Lake County Family Court Assistance

    2293 N. Main Street
    Crown Point
    , IN 46307

    Tel: (219) 755-3488

    Areas of Law: Family, Child Support, Child Custody, Divorce

    Good to Know: Volunteer attorneys can provide basic information and assistance to Lake County residents in completing the State of Indiana pre-printed forms regarding domestic relations matters. Contact the Family Court Coordinator to determine eligibility and set up an appointment for services.

     

Law Schools

  • Valparaiso School of Law Clinic

    Heritage Hall
    510 Freeman Street

    Valparaiso
    , IN 46383

    Tel: (219) 465-7903

    Areas of Law: Immigration, Criminal, General Civil, Juvenile, Domestic Violence, Mediation, Tax and Post-Conviction

    Good to Know: The Law School only accepts new cases from Porter County from September thru March.