Legal aid service fears Trump budget slashing

If ILS sustains budget cuts it would have a direct impact on the low-income citizens in Northwest Indiana, officials said.

News Story (Indiana)

Javonte Anderson
Chicago Tribune
March 29, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Indiana Legal Services (ILS), Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


After coming to grips with the fact her 30-year-old son wasn’t going to recover from a 2015 shooting, Renita Shell had to overcome another obstacle: how to afford for legal representation to get his power of attorney.

“I went to an attorney and he was asking for $1,500 to take a case and I didn’t have it,” Shell said. “There was no way for me to get that kind of money. But thank God I found legal aid at the right time and they were able to help me. ”

Shell was one of the thousands of clients that receive the services of Indiana Legal Services (ILS) every year. ILS is a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal assistance to eligible low-income people throughout the state. ILS has eight offices across the state, including a Merrillville office that serves Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton counties.