What do I do if I need to break my lease? How do I change custody for my child? Where do I start if I need a will?
Without the guidance of a lawyer, navigating the judicial system or even finding the answer to a seemingly simple question can be both intimidating and confusing. Indy-area residents are in luck: getting answers to legal questions from licensed attorneys will be easy AND free at Ask a Lawyer on Tuesday, October 9. Sponsored by the Indianapolis Bar Association (IndyBar), this one-day event will allow members of the public to meet face-to-face with volunteer lawyers at 11 locations throughout the city, with lawyers also accessible over the phone.
Qualified, licensed attorneys will be available for one-on-one consultations at no cost and with no further obligation at the following locations:
Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.):
1481 W. 10th St.
Indianapolis Public Library Branches (noon to 4 p.m.):
- Brightwood Library, 2435 N. Sherman Dr.
- Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St.
- College Library, 4180 N. College Ave.
- East 38th Street Library, 5420 E. 38th St.
- East Washington Library, 2822 E. Washington St.
- Glendale Library, 6101 N. Keystone Ave.
- Haughville Library, 2121 W. Michigan St.
- Pike Library, 6525 Zionsville Rd.
- Southport Library, 2630 E. Stop 11 Rd.
- Warren Library, 9701 E. 21st St.
Phone-In Help (noon to 8 p.m.):
Anyone unable to visit a location is encouraged to call the Ask a Lawyer phone-in line at 317-269-2000 for a free telephone consultation from a volunteer attorney from noon to 8 p.m. on Oct. 9.
Now in its eighteenth year, the Ask A Lawyer program plays an important role in addressing the rise in unrepresented parties in the local court system. Statistics show that more than 50 percent of litigants in civil court cases are unrepresented. Ask A Lawyer gives individuals the opportunity to ask whether they have a matter worthy of court action, find out how to proceed or learn where to go for more information. More than 2,600 Indianapolis-area residents have been assisted through the program over just the past two years.
Ask A Lawyer is made possible by a grant from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and is co-sponsored by the Indianapolis Public Library. The Indianapolis Bar Foundation also funds a variety of other legal advice and assistance programs offered throughout the year by the Indianapolis Bar Association. For more information on these programs, click here.