NWI Volunteer Lawyers, Inc.

The "Access to Justice" Project for Lake, Porter, Jasper, & Newton Counties

Help for Attorneys

Our support for our volunteers


New ProBono Reporting Rule:  Let us help you keep track of your hours.  If you do Pro Bono work on your own or Modest Means/Reduced Fee, complete our Outside Probono Form, we will contact you to update hours.  Then come Registration call, email or mail us and we will give you your hours for the prior year!!

Reporting_Rule_6.7.pdf

Outside Pro Bono Reporting - .pdf

Outside Pro Bono Reporting - word form

Forms for Attorneys:

Filing Fees: Except for bankruptcy cases, civil filing fees for pro bono cases referred through our office are automatically waived by the Clerk.  Download Petition for Fee Waiver & Client Affidavit of Indigency.

Other costs: Due to our limited funds we cannot reimburse ordinary expenses (phone calls, copying, etc). Other minor expenses under $100 such as publication fees which the client cannot cover can be reimbursed without prior approval.  Any expense over $100 wiil require prior approval by our office.

Referral to mentors: Many of our experienced attorneys are happy to assist new attorneys or attorneys venturing into a new area of practice.  Just let us know on the Initial Disposition Form that you would like assistance.

Free Lexis-Nexus: Through a special grant, you may access Lexis-Nexus for research on a pro bono case at no charge.

Follow up on your case: Periodically we will check in with you to determine whether or not the case is completed and to track your pro bono hours. You can also download and return our Case Status Report.

Clients' Appreciation: After the matter is completed and the file is closed, we send a follow-up Client Satisfaction Questionnaire to the individual whom you have assisted.  Their many appreciative and satisfied comments will be forwarded to you....along with our heartfelt thanks for your generosity.

You are Appreciated!!!  Along with our local judiciary and the attorneys and others on our Board of Directors, we can never thank you enough for being willing to assist with this important mission.   But...we do periodically host low or no cost CLE events for our volunteers and we like to treat our volunteers each year to a buffet supper, acknowledgedment of our volunteer super-heroes, and an evening of entertainment!

 

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