Finding an Attorney
Hiring an Attorney
Where Do You Need an Attorney?
Can't Afford an Attorney?
 
Hiring an Attorney
There are many times throughout your life that you find you might need an attorney. Common situations where legal help is a good idea include:
  • Buying or selling a home, real estate, or business
  • Setting up a business
  • Drafting a will or estate plan
  • Marital problems
  • Tax problems
  • Accidents involving personal injury or property damage
  • Questioning or arrest by law enforcement regarding your conduct
If you find that you are in need of an attorney, there are several ways to locate the best one for you. One option is asking friends and acquaintances for recommendations. If this doesn't work, you may try one of the following methods.
 
Where do you need an attorney?
Southwestern Indiana (Vanderburgh, Posey, Warrick OR Gibson Counties)

    Lawyer Referral Service
    :
    The Evansville Bar Association operates the Lawyer Referral Service for clients who need an attorney in Vanderburgh County, or a nearby Indiana county. These attorneys are divided into practice areas, and the caller is given the name of an attorney who practices the type of law that can provide help in a particular area of need. These attorneys are in private practice, and charge for their services. However, by using the Lawyer Referral Service, the caller is assured that if he/she is charged for the initial meeting, the first one-half hour would be no more than $30. You may reach the Lawyer Referral Service via e-mail or by calling 1-812 426-1712.
 
Outside Southwestern Indiana
You may need an attorney in another area of the country that the EBA cannot help you locate. We suggest that you visit any of the following web sites: Additional links that might provide information more specific to your location are as follows:
 
Legal Assistance
If you feel you CANNOT afford an attorney, the agencies listed below may be able to help you based upon certain income and/or asset limits. Vanderburgh County residents are served by both the Legal Aid Society of Evansville and Indiana Legal Services. Residents of other nearby counties are served exclusively by Indiana Legal Services. Access to the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana is achieved through intake at these agencies.
 
    Legal Aid Society of Evansville, Inc.
    If you live in Vanderburgh County , your first call should be to the Legal Aid Society of Evansville, which provides free legal advice and representation to low income residents of Vanderburgh County only. The staff of three attorneys handles cases selected on the basis of the financial need of the applicant and the entire household of the applicant and the type of case. Financial guidelines near 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. No bankruptcy, criminal or fee generating matters are handled by Legal Aid. Applicants with whom Legal Aid has a conflict of interest may potentially be referred to the Volunteer Lawyers Program for possible representation by a volunteer attorney. Guidelines regarding types of cases accepted and the financial eligibility required are set by the Board of Directors, made up of six attorneys and six community representatives. The Legal Aid Society is funded by the City of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, United Way of Southwestern Indiana, and the Indiana Civil Legal Aid Fund. Persons may apply for services over the telephone between 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM daily. Legal Aid follows the Vanderburgh County holiday schedule.

    Location: Civic Center in Downtown Evansville
    Telephone: 812.435.5173
    Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
    www.vanderburghgov.org/LAS


    Indiana Legal Services
    Service Area: Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick Counties. Indiana Legal Services provides representation and advice in family law, consumer law, senior law, housing issues and public benefits. Intakes for assistance applications are taken on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    Location: 2425 US Highway 41 North, Suite 401 in Evansville
    Telephone: 800.852.3477 or 812.426.1295
    Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
    www.indianajustice.org

    Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana
    Service Area: Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spenser, Vanderburgh, and Warrick Counties. Intake for VLP is done by the Legal Aid Society of Evansville and Indiana Legal Services at times noted above.
If You Need An Attorney For A Criminal Case And Cannot Afford One
 
    If you have been charged with a crime and cannot afford to hire an attorney to represent you, you may request that the court appoint a public defender to provide legal representation. You must ask the judge for this appointment in the court where your case is being heard. This is usually done at the time of your arraignment. However, if not, you may contact the court hearing your case. This should be clearly shown on the papers you have received regarding your case.