The month of April 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 (IndyBar). Whether someone needs an answer to a 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.
Ask a Lawyer: Tuesday, April 9
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, April 9. Sponsored by the 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.):
- Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St.
- College Library, 4180 N. College Ave.
- East 38th Street Library, 5420 E. 38th St.
- Haughville Library, 2121 W. Michigan St.
- Irvington Library, 5625 E. Washington St.
- Lawrence Library, 7898 N. Hague Rd.
- Nora Library, 8625 Guilford Rd.
- Pike Library, 6525 Zionsville Rd.
- Southport Library, 2630 E. Stop 11 Rd.
- Wayne Library, 198 S. Girls School Rd.
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 April 9.
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.
Free Wills Clinic: Tuesday, April 16
It's a fact that those with fewer dollars often die without a will or other directives in place. The IndyBar is working to change that. Offered on Tuesday, April 16 at three locations, the IndyBar Free Wills Clinic is available to those who have a financial need as verified by a simple application. The clinic is offered in a one-stop-shop workshop format with no appointment necessary, which means those served by the program will walk away with completed documents and priceless peace of mind.
Members of the public can simply visit a site where they will:
- Complete a financial application to qualify for the program (qualification is based on income, home equity and liquid assets). This application can also be accessed and completed in advance by visiting indybar.org/freewillsclinic.
- Meet with an attorney who will prepare the documents at no cost.
- Get their documents signed and witnessed.
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (walk-ins only; no appointment necessary)
- John Boner Neighborhood Centers (2236 E. 10th St.)
- Indianapolis Public Library Haughville Branch (2121 W. Michigan St.)
- Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center (2990 W 71st St.)
Additional information on the Free Wills Clinic 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 141-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.