Legal Aid

Family Justice Center (FJC) 
  • 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

Office hours: Mon-Fri, 8 am – 4:30 pm

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

La Casa de Amistad
  • Immigration legal services 

  • Petitions for family members (I-130)

  • Consular Processing

  • Adjustment of Status

  • Naturalization (N400)

  • Citizenship (N600, Acquired and Derived Citizenship)

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA Renewals and First Time DACA applications (when forms are available)

  • Green Card Renewals (I-90)

  • Work Permit Renewals (I-765)

  • Affidavits of Support (I-864)

  • U-Visas for victims of violent crime

3423 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46614
(574) 233- 2120

Notre Dame Law School's Clinics
  • Free legal services to individuals, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations

  • Applied Mediation: Provides mediation services to individuals litigating civil matters such as child custody, parenting time, landlord-tenant disputes, and contract disputes

  • Community Development: Offers non-litigation services to nonprofit organizations and small businesses

  • Economic Justice: Provides legal services to low-income clients in consumer law matters

  • Exoneration Justice: Committed to correcting the miscarriage of justice and investigating, litigating, and overturning wrongful convictions

  • Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship: Offers counsel to businesses and entrepreneurs on IP-related issues

  • Tax: Represents low-income clients in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The IP and Entrepreneurship Clinic is housed in Biolchini Hall of Law on Notre Dame's campus. The other four clinics operate from offices at the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center at 725 Howard Street, just south of campus in South Bend.

(574) 631-6704

Probona Legal Program
  • Assists with issues on family law and guardianship

  • Does intake over the phone

(574) 277-0075

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​

Page Index

All Legal Aid resources are listed here in alphabetical order. 

  1. Family Justice Center (FJC)

  2. Indiana Legal Services 

  3. La Casa de Amistad

  4. Notre Dame Law School's Clinics

  5. Probona Legal Program

  6. Prosecuting Attorney's Office of St. Joseph County

  7. Volunteer Lawyer Network