Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Polli A. Pollem
Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Polli A. Pollem Military Assistance Project Director Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality legal representation and advice to low-income Hoosiers Provides free civil legal services to low-income Hoosiers no criminal representation Military Assistance Project provides free civil legal services to low-income Hoosier veterans, service members, and their families
Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Eligibility Generally, to be eligible for ILS services, the client must have: Family Income that is 125% or less of the poverty level OR Expenses that bring the family income to 125% or less of the poverty level, but family income must be less than 200% of poverty Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Eligibility (125% of Poverty) Family Size 1
$382.94 $482.94 $582.94 $682.94 $782.94 $882.94 $982.94 $100.00 Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Eligibility An applicant may be financially eligible for assistance if the he or she is within 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Eligibility under the 200% income guidelines depends
on the: Applicant's expenses (Examples: child care, child support, rent/mortgage, expenses associated with employment, etc.) and Type of legal problem NOTE: Some special projects allow higher income levels Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Eligibility (200% of Poverty) Family Size 1 2 3 4
$1,092.71 $1,252.71 $1,412.71 $1,572.71 $160.00 Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Eligibility Must not have $3,000 or more in a bank account Equity in a home does not affect eligibility. But if the applicant owns other real estate, he or she is most likely ineligible No fee-generating cases unless no private attorneys will take the case No cases to establish paternity or to get child support under an existing order (prosecutor's office typically handles these cases)
No criminal cases or juvenile delinquency cases Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Regional Offices Office Counties Served Bloomington Bartholomew, Brown, Clay, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Orange, Owen, Parke, Putman, Sullivan, and Vigo Columbus (60+ ONLY) Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, and Jennings
Evansville Davies, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick Fort Wayne Adams, Allen, Blackford, Dekalb, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley Gary/ Merrillviile/ Hammond Jasper, Lake, Newton, and Porter Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Regional Offices
Office Counties Served Indianapolis Boone, Decatur, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Union, and Wayne Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Miami, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Vermillion, Wabash, Warren, and White Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Scott, Switzerland, and Washington Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, Noble, Pulaski, St. Joseph, and Starke
Lafayette New Albany South Bend Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Practice Areas Housing Public Benefits Health Family Law Consumer Law Education Senior Law Access to Justice Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Military Assistance Project Military Discharge Upgrade Project
Working with Faegre Baker Daniels who assists pro bono The MAP vets the cases / gathers evidence If there is a valid legal argument, then case is referred to FBD who briefs the case VA claims Complex cases that require the skills of an attorney AND No other veterans law firm will take the case Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Special Projects Housing Law Center Bloomington Office Statewide Focus: Primarily helps defend foreclosures &
evictions But Homeless Prevention may require other legal assistance Part of the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network (www.877gethope.org/877-GET-HOPE) A HUD-certified counseling agency Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Special Projects Senior Law Projects 60-yrs old & older No income requirements Focus: Assist older persons with living independently with dignity Legal assistance related to income, health
care, long-term care, nutrition, housing, utilities, protective services, defense of guardianship, abuse neglect, and age discrimination Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Special Projects Senior Law Projects 60-yrs old & older Statewide: ILS: Indianapolis Office Columbus Office Rest of the State Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Special Projects
Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Bloomington Statewide 250% over poverty Focus: Assistance with IRS account, collection, examination, and appeals matters including representation before U.S. Tax Court and assistance to non-filers and related Indiana tax issues. Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Special Projects Consumer Law Center New Albany Statewide Focus: Assistance with debt collections, repossessions, access to credit, unfair sales practices, student loan discharge, credit card
defense, unfair court practices, and bankruptcy Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Special Projects Immigrants & Language Rights Center Bloomington & Indianapolis Statewide For veterans who are not US citizens, assistance with citizenship (and issues related to non-citizenship status) Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) Legal Information can be found at www.indianalegalservices.org Questions?
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