Hoosiers get free legal help

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By: Jillian Deam

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 14, 2014) – People across central Indiana got free legal help on Tuesday.

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation hosted an event called "Ask a Lawyer” at 13 different locations.  Hoosiers were able to get one-on-one time with an attorney at no cost.

The event is meant to help people who can’t afford legal help,  or for people who aren’t sure if they need a lawyer.

"In addition to the folks who don't have any access to the legal system, there are folks who maybe have funds to seek a lawyer, but they don't know when they need a lawyer or they don't know what to call their problem," Event Co-Chair Melissa De Groff said.

"It's incredibly helpful, because then you're not paying a lawyer $300 dollars an hour to tell you, 'sorry, this is not something the legal system can solve.'" De Groff said.

The "Ask a Lawyer" event happens twice a year.  Organizers say they program has helped more than 10,000 people since it started in 2000.

The Indianapolis Bar Association also offers free legal advice monthly.  The Legal Line Program provides legal advice to callers, over the phone, on the second Tuesday every month, from 6pm-8pm.  The phone number is 317-269-2000.

It also has a Bankruptcy Help Line, specifically to give advice on consumer issues and bankruptcy on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from noon-1pm.  The phone number is 317-269-1910.