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, Family and Bankruptcy 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 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 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).

Client must be referred by a pro bono agency, a judicial officer, clerk, or bailiff, or a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and must be pre-screened for eligibility via these agencies' standard intake application process. The individual's income cannot exceed 200% of Federal Poverty level guidelines unless a Chair or committee member designated by the IndyBar's Legal Services Advisory Committee otherwise deems them qualified.

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.

Bankruptcy Modest Means Panel

The Bankruptcy Modest Means Panel is designed to provide low-cost legal assistance to chapter 7 bankruptcy debtors who do not qualify for free legal services through the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana's pro bono panel, but who still cannot afford the traditional fees charged by bankruptcy attorneys.

Clients must qualify to participate in the program by completing a financial qualification page, which can be found on the court’s website. The court will then direct those who are overqualified for pro bono assistance to the IndyBar, where the debtor will be referred to a modest means panelist.

Participating attorneys agree to charge no more than $500 for the services provided to these debtors. IndyBar membership is required for participation, but there is no additional fee to serve as a modest means panelist.

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.

 

The Criminal Modest Means Panel


The Family Law Modest Means Panel


The Bankruptcy Modest Means Panel

 

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