The month of May brings with it back-to-back opportunities for Indy residents to get legal assistance at no cost, thanks to volunteer attorneys from the Indianapolis Bar Association. Whether someone needs a quick answer to a simple legal question or preparation of important end-of-life documents, attorneys will be on hand to provide both guidance and peace of mind at these upcoming events.
Legal Line: Tuesday, May 9
Local lawyers will help Indy-area residents solve an issue or get direction on what to do next through the association's Legal Line program, a free legal advice call-in service. These attorney volunteers will answer calls to help the public on Tuesday, May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 317-269-2000.
Lawyers answering Legal Line calls work in law firms, agencies and organizations throughout the city and donate their time in order to provide this valuable community service. They'll be prepared to provide assistance with questions on topics like divorce, child custody, support, and parenting time, criminal, landlord/tenant issues, bankruptcy, personal injury, employment law and more. All calls are confidential.
Free Wills Clinic: Wednesday, May 10
Low income individuals are more likely to die younger and without wills or advance directives in place, but the upcoming Free Wills Clinic seeks to address this trend by providing these fully-executed documents at no cost. Individuals who meet the financial criteria (based on income, home equity and liquid assets) will meet privately with an attorney who will draft a last will and testament and advanced directives.
Members of the public can visit a site where they will:
- Complete a financial application to qualify for the program.
- Meet with an attorney who will prepare the documents.
- Get their documents signed and witnessed.
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Locations: John H. Boner Neighborhood Centers (2236 E. 10th St.) and 37 Place (2605 E. 25th St.)
The “one stop shop” format means that volunteer attorneys will work with individuals on-site to have their wills and advance directives drafted, signed and witnessed. Volunteers will be on hand to screen applicants for financial eligibility. Members of the community served by the program will walk away with fully executed documents. Additional information on the 2017 Free Wills Clinics can be found at indybar.org/freewillsclinic.
About Indianapolis Bar Association Pro Bono Programs
These community services are sponsored by the Indianapolis Bar Association, a 139-year-old organization of Indianapolis area attorneys, judges, paralegals and law students, and are made possible through the generosity of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the association. For additional information on a variety of other legal advice and assistance programs offered throughout the year by the association, visit indybar.org/legaladvice.