Civil legal aid helps people with non-criminal issues, including family, housing, consumer, healthcare, benefits, employment, and educational services.

Most people do not qualify for free civil legal aid. Most civil legal aid and pro bono (free) agencies serve people who earn 125% or below of the federal poverty guideline**

What if I Don’t Qualify for Free Legal Help?

Even if you have a low income, it does not guarantee service from a legal aid or pro bono agency.  Legal aid agencies have limited staff and resources and do not cover all legal issues.  Pro bono agencies offer legal services for limited issues with volunteer lawyers.  These agencies are not able to serve everyone who applies.

If you don’t qualify for free civil legal aid:

  • Some organizations listed here offer free legal resources without income qualification: Legal Help Near You
  • Some bar associations offer a referral service: List of Local Bar Associations
  • Ask about brief legal services such as Talk to A Lawyer, Counsel in the Court, and Lawyers in Libraries through your local or state bar association or legal aid/pro bono agency
  • During some months in the school year, law schools may have legal clinics for specific issues
  • For the elderly, seek services from an Indiana area agency on aging: Area On Aging
  • Ask for referrals to programs or lawyers that may be able to help you for a sliding scale fee
  • Look for information about your issue below

Information and Resources:


  • Indiana State Bar Association Pro Se Appellate Handbook 2019 Click Here
  • The Appellate Pro Bono Project, administered by Indiana Legal Services, Inc., coordinates free legal representation for low-income people in appeals of civil cases.  Applicants must be of limited means and not all cases will qualify for assistance.  Please keep in mind that there are strict time limits in appeal cases and the Project cannot guarantee that a pro bono attorney will agree to represent you.  If you are interested complete this: Application and email it to or fax it to (317) 631-9775 Attn: Jeff Heck

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Before You Go To Court Without A Lawyer

Before considering going to court without a lawyer, try all your other options first. You would not consider fixing your own car or doing surgery on your own unless you were educated, skilled and practiced.  Working in the legal system is the same.  In court you must be prepared and understand all the deadlines, papers to file, steps to take and procedures to follow.

If you decide to represent yourself in court:

  • Observe court sessions before appearing in court for the first time
  • You can watch some remote hearings online at this link: Indiana Remote Video Hearings
  • Research and read everything you can on your subject
  • Find a lawyer who will talk to you and give you brief advice to prepare for court

See the Indiana Supreme Court’s page on representing yourself in court: Going To Court Without A Lawyer

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