Last updated: September 26, 2013
Do you have a legal issue, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? There are many free or low-cost legal service options for Marion county residents. The main ways are through legal assistance programs such as the Indiana Legal Services, a nonprofit law firms providing free legal aid to low-income residents, or through other programs run by the Indiana State Bar Association. 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.
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.
Areas of Law: Criminal and Civil
Good to Know: This is a one-day event put on by the state bar. You can meet with an attorney to ask basic legal questions for free. Call to find specific dates and times.
Areas of Law: Civil and Family Law
Good to Know: Heartland provides legal assistance to income-eligible clients.
Good to Know: This is a nonprofit law firm serving low-income residents of Marion County. Legal fees are based upon income. Call for more details.
Areas of Law: Bankruptcy, Domestic Violence, Family law, Consumer law, Senior law, Housing issues, Public benefits Good to Know: Legal services are free for those who are income-eligible. A person who does not financially qualify for representation is referred panel of private attorneys who accept cases from on a reduced-fee basis.
Areas of Law: Most areas of the law are covered by the aid line.
Good to Know: Volunteer attorneys are available to answer basic legal questions via phone free of charge. Hours are limited.
Areas of Law: Landlord/Tenant, Immigration, Bankruptcy, Housing/Foreclosure, Wills/Estates, Public Benefits, Discrimination, Consumer/Debt, Tax Controversies Criminal Records Expungement, Driver’s License Issues, Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
Good to Know: This clinic does not accept family law or criminal cases. All services are on a first come, first served basis. Arrive early. Space is limited.
Good to Know: This is a telephone only service. You may call for free legal advice during designated times.
Areas of Law: Civil Rights, Employment, Housing, Public Benefits, Police Misconduct, and more.
Good to Know: Legal services are available to low-income African Americans and other minority groups.
Area of Law: Domestic Violence
Good to Know: This is a free legal services to victims of domestic violence. Income limits apply. To be considered, you must fill out the intake form.
Area of Law: Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking
Good to Know: Julian Center offers supportive services including emergency shelter, outreach, counseling, transitional housing, affordable housing, advocacy, education, and case management. Call to learn more.
Areas of Law: Divorce
Good to Know: This is a free divorce workshop for those who qualify based on income. You must be registered and prescreened. All screenings happen in person. No phone calls.
Area of Law: Domestic Violence, Immigration
Good to Know: Services are by referral only. Call to learn more.
Area of Law: Wills, Power of Attorney
Good to Know: Qualified individuals can meet privately with an attorney who will draft a last will & testament and advance directives for them.