The Indianapolis Legal Aid Society 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. ILAS expertly deals with important family issues such as guardianship, paternity, visitation, support, custody, adoption, and divorce.

ILAS 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.

The Indianapolis Legal Aid Society 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.

ILAS 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 the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society is uniquely qualified to provide services. All ILAS 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, two hold a Masters of Social Work, and one holds a PhD in Social Work. ILAS attorneys have combined 193 years of legal experience!


Service Area

The Indianapolis Legal Aid Society 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 ILAS 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.  ILAS does not handle fee generating cases or criminal matters.

In 2015, ILAS handled 6,507 cases:

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* Life Issues includes Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, End of Life Documents, Public Benefits, etc.