Modest Means

The Modest Means Project

The purpose of the IndyBar Modest Means Project is to provide legal services to persons who do not qualify for other forms of legal assistance or other no fee (pro bono) services, and who cannot afford to pay attorney fees at rates that would ordinarily be charged. The IndyBar Modest Means Project is offered in two different practice areas: Criminal and Family Law.

Modest Means benefits IndyBar members by providing an opportunity to gain experience while building a practice. This IndyBar member-only opportunity allow you to serve the community while putting some dollars in your pocket as well. Think of it as pro bono that isn't as hard on your bottom line!

Criminal Modest Means Panel

The Criminal Modest Means Panel (CMMP) covers all matters related to legal advice and representation in all courts of criminal jurisdiction in Marion Superior Courts, including Traffic Court 13 and Community Court 12.

For a person to qualify for a referral to a modest means panel attorney, that person must be referred by a judicial officer of the Marion Superior Court Criminal Division. The defendant must be pre-screened initial hearing and a qualification order must be signed by the judge and file stamped.

Click here to view client obligations, income and fee information, and complete guidelines for the program.

Interested in participating? Click here to complete the application and agreement.

Family Law Modest Means Panel

The Family Law Modest Means Panel (FLMMP) covers areas of law including but not limited to representation in actions for dissolution, post-dissolution, legal separation, custody and support, juvenile court issues, adoption, guardianship, paternity, protective/restraining order, Children in Need of Services (CHINS) and termination of parental rights (TPR)

For a person to qualify for a referral to a modest means panel attorney, that person must be referred by Indianapolis Legal Aid Society or Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. The person must be pre-screened for eligibility via these agencies' standard intake application process. Upon their determination that the person does satisfy FLMMP eligibility guidelines, the agency staff will complete the Family Modest Means Turnover Form and forward to IndyBar Lawyer Referral Service staff. Until the turnover form is received, a referral cannot be made. It is the client's obligation to immediately contact the attorney to whom they are referred for initial consultation.

Click here to view client obligations, income and fee information, and complete guidelines for the program.

Interested in participating? Click here to complete the application and agreement.