First, to check on the status of your case, go to: MyCase it’s quick and free.
For Monroe County cases, you can also call Court Services at (812) 349-2615 with questions.
Check back to see other court closures or emergency procedures in the counties we serve, which are Clay, Greene, Hendricks, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Putnam, Sullivan, and Vigo.
Second, please determine which of our programs you would like to access and see if you qualify.
Third, our Bloomington office at 120 W. 7th Street, Suite 450, Bloomington is closed, as we’re working remotely, so please don’t stop by. Correspondence can be mailed to: PO Box 8382. Bloomington, IN 47407 We want to keep our clients, our volunteers, and our staff safe during the pandemic. Please bear with us during this difficult time. We are processing cases more slowly due to all the precautionary measures, but otherwise our intake is the same. Check back for updates!
Please be aware that, even when an applicant meets all of the criteria to qualify for assistance, that does not automatically guarantee we will be able to find an attorney who is willing to take the case for free. For a variety of reasons, some cases are more difficult to place than others and attorneys are not obligated to accept cases from us. Also, finding volunteer attorneys takes time, so we cannot handle emergencies or cases with hearings or deadlines in less than thirty days. You are welcome to attend one of our clinics to get help in the meantime.
We only take clients whose incomes are at or less than 125% of the federal poverty line
This also depends on how many people you must support within your household.
ANNUAL INCOME POVERTY RATE
|Household/||Pro Bono||Chapter 7|
|Add $4,480 for each
person over 8
If you’re close to this, you may still qualify. We can deduct some expenses you have to keep a job, such as child care, mileage and uniforms, to get you to the 125% level. Also, it may be that not everyone you live with is a member of your household, if you don’t have a legal obligation to support them.
We also ask about other resources you may have, such as bank accounts, trusts, stocks or non-residential real estate.
We only take civil cases. We do not take criminal cases.
We also cannot take cases with hearings or deadlines within less than thirty (30) days. This is because we rely on volunteer attorneys to fit these cases into their schedules. It is unlikely, if not impossible, to find an attorney who can prepare for your case within less than thirty (30) days.
We only take cases in the following counties:
Beginning August 17th, 2020, Counsel in the Court will change intake style and hours.
Our services include: child custody, parenting time, support, paternity, divorce, guardianship, and name change, and landlord-tenant issues.
The legal assistance provided is brief advice and help with forms. The attorneys cannot provide counsel or representation beyond your session. The help is not a substitute for full representation by an attorney, and it is wise to hire an attorney if you are financially able to.
To be eligible for our services, you must:
For Greene, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, & Putnam Counties: Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Call (812) 269-6463 Please leave a message with your name, number, and email and we will return your call. Also, you can let us know if you prefer a phone or Zoom consultation after the initial determination
Clay County: All Fridays, 9am to 11am, call (812) 316-5262 Attorney and intern will call back between 15 minutes and 3 hours
Vigo County: All Fridays, 9am to 11am, call (812) 316-5262 Attorney and intern will call back between 15 minutes and 3 hours
After signing in by telephone, your place in line will be held, and we will get back with you as soon as possible.
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Please do an intake for bankruptcy by calling (812) 855-2390 and leave a voice mail, and an intake worker will call you back at their earliest convenience. It may take more time than normal for someone to get back to you because we are closed at this time due to the Coronavirus. Please note that we only do Chapter 7 bankruptcies.
ANNUAL INCOME POVERTY LEVEL
|Household/||Pro Bono||Chapter 7|
|Add $4,480 for each
person over 8
Keep checking back for updates.
Indiana’s eviction and utility shut-off moratorium is set to expire on August 14th! Try to work with landlords and utility companies to set up payment plans if possible to avoid evictions and disconnections.
Visit these sites for more information and resources:
Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority
Indiana Housing Now
Please call Court Services at (812) 349-2615 with questions.
Counsel in the Court is best suited for if you have an immediate question. We also offer intake services to possibly provide you with a pro bono attorney for your case if you qualify financially, which usually means that you are at or near the 125% of federal poverty guidelines. However, we must prioritize cases for placement with a pro bono attorney because there are so few pro bono attorneys available. We might be able to place you with a pro bono attorney if the case:
This isn’t a definitive list of cases we can help with, and you may call our Intake Line at (812) 855-2390 if you have questions about whether we can help. It’s also best to call the Intake Line if you think you might be just over the financial qualifications, as some things, such as expenses to keep a job, child support, and insurance, may be subtracted to qualify you.
Important disclaimer for getting help with a pro bono attorney: If your case looks like one that might be eligible for placement with an attorney, and you qualify financially, unfortunately, that still doesn’t mean we can get you a pro bono attorney. Here are other things you should know:
Here are instructions for doing intakes: Please call (812) 855-2390 and leave a voice mail, and an intake worker will call you back at their earliest convenience. It may take three to four days for someone to get back to you because we are closed at this time due to the Coronavirus and do not have law students to help.
Please go to https://www.hendrickscountybar.org/legal-aid/ and follow directions on the website.
Wabash Valley Survivors Legal Assistance provides legal support to survivors of domestic violence who cannot afford an attorney. We provide legal advice, legal assistance, and in some cases legal representation for people experiencing domestic violence. We partner with the Terre Haute-based Council on Domestic Abuse (CODA), Clay County Family Support Services, and other local domestic violence resources. We also do some direct intake.
To be eligible for assistance, your case must be located in Vigo, Clay, or Sullivan County. Currently the best way to get advice and apply for services is to work with CODA or Clay County Family Support Services. You can also contact us directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (812) 316-5262 to schedule an intake.
Wabash Valley SLA is a project of the District 10 Pro Bono Project and Pro Bono Indiana, funded through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Wabash Valley SLA and District 10 Pro Bono can currently only meet the need of a fraction of the people who qualify for our services. If you would like to support Wabash Valley Survivors Legal Assistance specifically, you can donate to D10 here and write in the “Notes” section that you would like your donation to go to SLA. In many cases, timely legal assistance is a decisive factor in a person suffering domestic abuse with children being able to leave! You donation will make an actual difference in terms of more hours to help another client!