Legal aid worried about aftermath of coronavirus

News Story (Indiana)

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Lawyer
March 18, 2020
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Tags: CoronaVirus, Courts, COVID-19, Disaster Recovery

Organizations mentioned/involved: Indiana Legal Services (ILS), Indianapolis Legal Aid Society (ILAS), American Bar Association (ABA)


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Legal aid providers in Indiana are still serving clients as the coronavirus storm gathers strength, but they are worried about the surge they anticipate will come after the outbreak has passed. Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and Indiana Legal Services (ILS) remain open, with their intake systems continuing to take calls and connecting individuals and families with attorneys. Adam Mueller, director of advocacy at ILS, said as the virus subsides and life begins to return to normal, the economic fallout could create a wave of new clients, noting that the people who depend on legal aid are typically hit hardest whenever the economy cycles downward. ILS, he said, is “very, very concerned” the need for legal help could increase sharply.