What is Indiana Lawyers for Servicemembers?
Sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association Military & Veterans' Affairs Committee, Indiana Lawyers for Servicemembers is a statewide network of attorney volunteers who provide legal assistance for current and former members of our military and, in some cases, their family members.
As a current or former member of the military, you may be eligible for legal assistance from one of our attorney volunteers. Please note: The Indiana Lawyers for Servicemembers program does not provide assistance on criminal matters. For assistance on criminal matters, contact a public defender or a local bar association for the name of a local attorney.
Eligible Servicemembers and family members include:
- Current active duty Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel who list Indiana as home of record or current duty station
- Current active duty Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel who are subject to imminent deployment or returning from a recent deployment
- Current Indiana National Guard personnel, regardless of deployment status
- Veterans seeking legal assistance for a service-related disability
- Spouses of Indiana National Guard personnel when the legal issue affects the whole family and it is not adverse to the servicemember
If you need legal assistance and you feel you are eligible for this program, or you aren’t sure, please complete the online application. Your application will be forwarded to the Indiana National Guard, regardless of what branch you represent. You will then be contacted by Indiana National Guard personnel to complete the screening and eligibility process.
If your case is approved for the Indiana Lawyers for Servicemembers program, you will be matched with an attorney based on the information you provided in the application, namely (1) the description of your legal issue and (2) your location in Indiana. Once your case is assigned to an attorney, he or she will contact you directly.
Important to note: This website will not make any initial determination on income requirements. Whether the legal services will be provided for free (pro bono), for a reduced fee, or full fee will be worked out between the client and the attorney once matched. Neither the Indiana Lawyers for Servicemembers program, nor the Indiana State Bar Association, is involved in that determination.
Click here to access the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network website, a statewide network of HUD-approved housing counseling agencies. Oftentimes, foreclosure defendants do not need an attorney. Rather, if you work with a housing counseling agency, they can get insight as to whether you can get a work-out/loss mitigation option from your lender/mortgage servicer. Please be advised that housing counselors are not attorneys and are not affiliated with the ISBA, but housing counselors do provide much-needed counsel and insight into how to prevent foreclosure.
If you are experiencing family law issues, you may wish to explore mediation. Click here to access the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic for information about their mediation program, which is called Project Peace.
- USERRA/EMPLOYMENT ISSUES
For employment matters, please click here to contact the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) first. If you have contacted ESGR and your issue persists, then you may proceed with applying for assistance through the Indiana Lawyers for Servicemembers program.
- CRIMINAL MATTERS
Indiana Lawyers for Soldiers will not provide assistance on criminal matters. Servicemembers requiring assistance with a criminal matter should contact a public defender or a local bar association for the name of a private attorney. Please note: If you are dealing with a criminal matter, be aware that some counties have Veterans Treatment Courts that you might be eligible to participate in. Make sure to mention that you are a veteran to everyone you talk to throughout the legal process, and ask if there is a Veterans Treatment Court in your county. Here is a link to all problem-solving courts in the state, including Veterans Treatment Courts: http://www.in.gov/judiciary/pscourts/files/pscourts-psc-directory.pdf.
More About Indiana Lawyers for Servicemembers:
Indiana's armed service personnel make great sacrifices on behalf of their fellow Hoosiers. One basic benefit that service personnel are and should be entitled to is legal assistance in a range of civil and non-criminal contexts, particularly when these service men and women are actively deployed. Regrettably, access to this kind of representation frequently is not available for Indiana-based personnel and their families because of limited resources currently available through the appropriate service wings.
This program is an effort by the Indiana State Bar Association to bridge this gap between existing needs and available resources by providing a pool of attorneys who have volunteered to assist Indiana service members, veterans and their families.
For questions, please contact Catheryne Pully at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.266.2581.