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Legal Aid

Family Justice Center
  • All services are for domestic violence victims and their family, and other domestic violence witnesses

  • Clients/victims can be male or female

  • Civil/legal assistance

  • Counseling for women and children, including children/family witnesses

  • 911 cell phones

  • Pro bono attorney on staff who helps complete protective orders

  • Sexual assault treatment clinic available

  • Employment/training assistance for domestic violence survivors (in partnership with Goodwill)

 

533 N. Niles Ave, South Bend, 46617

(574) 234-6900

(574) 234-6906 (fax)

Sexual assault treatment clinic hours: Tues, 11:00am – 4:30pm

Office hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Indiana Legal Services
  • Provides free legal counseling, representation and advice to clients who meet income guidelines

  • Representation offered in cases of family law, consumer law, senior law, housing issues, public benefits

  • Serves residents of Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, Noble, Pulaski, St. Joseph, and Stark counties

 

401 E. Colfax, Suite 116, South Bend

(574) 631-7795

(574) 239-2185 (fax)

1 (800) 288-8121

Intake hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Office hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am – 4:30pm

Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic
  • Provides free legal assistance to low income residents of St. Joseph, Elkhart, Kosciusko, and Marshall Counties

  • Offers representation and counseling in public benefits, family law (child custody, guardianship), landlord-tenant disputes, consumer law (debt collection, mortgage foreclosures) and immigration

 

725 Howard St., South Bend, 46617

(574) 631-7795

(574) 631-6704 (fax)

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am – 4:30pm

Prosecuting Attorney’s Office of St. Joe
  • Helps establish and collect child support, locates absent parents, establishes paternity

  • Paternity tests available for $165 (fee evaluated on case-by-case basis)

  • One-time fee ($25) charged to start services, except for receiving TANF, Hoosier Healthwise or Medicaid

 

County Child Support Division

County City Building, 227 W Jefferson Blvd., 6th floor, South Bend, 46601

(574) 235-9786 (phones answered Mon-Fri, 8:00am – 4:30pm)

Hours: Mon-Fri, 12:30pm – 4:30pm

​Volunteer Lawyer Network 
  • Accepts cases concerning adoptions, guardianship, dissolution (divorce), landlord/tenant, consumer/collection, estate law, wills/powers of attorney/healthcare directives, contracts, bankruptcy, immigration, and real estate

P.O. Box 1358, South Bend, 46624

(574) 277-0075

(574) 277-2055 (fax)

volunteerinc@att.net

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm​