Indiana law firm gets $400k grant to aid abused seniors for free

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INDIANAPOLIS — A nonprofit law firm that aids low-income Indiana residents has won a $400,000 federal grant to help seniors who’ve fallen victim to neglect, battery or financial scams.

Indiana Legal Services says the two-year grant will allow it to help about 500 seniors age 60 or older who’ve been victimized by helping them avoid eviction, seek protective orders against abusers and arrange other assistance for them.

The grant was awarded through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to the nonprofit legal firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income people through eight regional offices.

Executive Director Jon Laramore says senior abuse has risen along with Indiana’s growing senior population. He says more safeguards are needed to protect seniors, particularly those who are ill or live on small, fixed incomes.

Dennis Frick is the Director of the Senior Law Project said the program has never before received so much money to speficifally hep seniors. It shows just how much the abuse against the elderly has grown.

“There are people out there that don’t have any place to turn and nobody should be subject to abuse or neglect or being taken advantage of,” said Frick. “We as a society owe it to these people to protect them. And we’re all going to be there someday ourselves too.”

If you are a senior or know someone who wants to speak to an ILS attorney, you can call (317) 631-9410.