Indiana lawyers are hearing more about landlord and bankruptcy law due to the pandemic. (AdobeStock)
January 18, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS – In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.’s messages on equality and justice, the Indiana legal community today offers free advice to those in need.
The Indiana Bar Association has hosted the Talk to a Lawyer Today program as an annual tribute to Dr. King. Lawyers across the state offer free legal advice to those who otherwise can’t afford a lawyer.
Kelsey Kotnik, communications manager for the bar association, said lawyers were ready to discuss landlord and bankruptcy issues in the face of the pandemic.
“There are so many Hoosiers who need help because of this pandemic. That only made things worse for so many people,” Kotnik said. “And the entire legal system in Indiana has come together to make sure that hoosiers get the legal assistance they need, but there is such a demand.”
The consultations last approximately 15 to 20 minutes and are available by phone or video call. Kotnik suggested writing down certain questions in advance to get the most out of a session.
Kotnik said the bar association is keen to ensure that the legal system is the same for all Hoosiers, regardless of their economic status or racial identity. They are also working with the Indiana Supreme Court on a monthly program that includes open discussion about race and culture in the legal landscape.
“”[They are] Bringing in leaders who can talk about racism they may have experienced, “noted Kotnik.” We will have open conversations and enable our attorneys and other legal professionals to understand the state of diversity in our system and how we can improve that. “
Kotnik noted that nationwide resources are available year-round for those who may not be able to afford legal representation. These include Indiana Free Legal Answers, a question-and-answer website, and Indiana Legal Services, a nonprofit that provides free assistance. Learn more online at inbar.org.