Legal Aid Services
The Indianapolis Legal Aid Society (“Legal Aid”) has been serving the poor of central Indiana for over seven decades. We give the poor a voice in their own legal matters when all other hope is lost. Legal Aid expertly deals with important family issues such as guardianship, paternity, visitation, support, custody, adoption, and divorce.
Legal Aid regularly assists women in need of protective orders for themselves and their children, individuals and couples wishing to adopt, elderly individuals needing to resolve housing issues so they can remain in their own home, and grandparents wishing to properly care for their grandchildren through guardianships or adoptions. Huge obstacles are removed when any of these legal issues are resolved for a family.
Legal Aid differs from other providers in Central Indiana in that individuals are able to meet with an attorney usually within three business days. Clients usually see one of our attorneys sooner than if they had made an appointment at a private law firm.
Legal Aid is located at 615 N. Alabama Street, Indianapolis. We are open from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. An appointment is required to see an attorney.
Expert Legal Staff
The legal staff at Legal Aid is uniquely qualified to provide services. All Legal Aid attorneys hold a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA‐accredited law school and are licensed to practice in Indiana. All are qualified mediators, three are trained Guardians Ad Litem, three are trained in Collaborative Law, and one holds a Masters and PhD in Social Work. Legal Aid attorneys have combined more than 200 years of legal experience!
Legal Aid provides services to individuals and families living in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby counties with incomes of less than 125% of the federal poverty guideline levels. According to the 2000 census, there are more than 200,000 people who would qualify for our services in Central Indiana.
Types of Cases
The majority of the legal issues that Legal Aid addresses involve the interests of women, children, and the elderly. We also handle a significant number of cases involving bankruptcy, housing, property, debt, and a host of other miscellaneous issues.
Legal Aid does not handle fee generating cases or criminal matters.