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

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

  2. Indiana Legal Services 

  3. Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic

  4. Probona Legal Program

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

  6. Volunteer Lawyer Network