ANDERSON — Low-income residents now have more resources available for free legal advice following the launch of a new website.
The website, indianalegalhelp.org, was developed by the Coalition for Court Access to provide help with non-criminal issues including family, housing, consumer, health care, benefits, employment and educational services, according to a press release.
In addition to contact information for legal service providers, the website provides a list of questions to ask an attorney and self-help forms.
Assistance with child support, divorce, name changes and other legal issues are available on the website, which is managed by the Indiana Bar Foundation.
“There are many instances in which hiring an attorney is crucial, therefore legal experts suggest talking to an attorney prior to submitting online forms to a court,” the press release states.
The Coalition for Court Access was created by the Indiana Supreme Court in May 2016 to develop and implement a statewide plan to improve the availability and quality of civil legal services for people of limited means.
Other resources for residents in Madison County include the non-profit organization District 6 Access to Justice, Inc./Pro Bono District F, which covers Delaware, Henry, Madison, Hancock, Hamilton, Blackford, Jay and Randolph counties.
Information on the program is available at www.myjustice.org or by calling 1-800-910-4407. Like indianalegalhelp.org, ProBono District F consists of local attorneys who volunteer their time and expertise.
“Pro Bono District F strives to promote equal access to justice for all Indiana residents, regardless of economic status, by creating and promoting opportunities for attorneys to provide pro bono civil legal services to persons of limited means,” according to its website.
While an attorney agrees to provide legal advice at no cost, there may be filing fees and court costs associated with a legal case, according to the website.
A legal self-help center with computer access to court forms is also available to residents of Madison County. The center is located near the elevators on the fourth floor of the Madison County Government Center.