INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAUPER ASSISTANCE APPLICATION AND IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION

BOONE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

 

PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT BEFORE FILLING OUT AN APPLICATION

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO PROVIDE CERTAIN LEGAL SERVICES TO NEEDY BOONE COUNTY RESIDENTS EITHER PRO-BONO (WITHOUT FEE) OR FOR A REDUCED FEE.

  • THE PROGRAM IS SOLELY SPONSORED AND OPERATED BY THE BOONE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION.  IT IS NOT A PART OF THE COURTS OR ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY.  NOR IS IT IN ANY WAY AFFILIATED WITH "LEGAL SERVICES ORGANIZATION" OR "LEGAL AID" OR ANY SIMILAR ORGANIZATION.  THE PROGRAM IS SOLELY SUPPORTED BY THE VOLUNTEER EFFORTS OF BOONE COUNTY ATTORNEYS.

  • THE BOONE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION DOES NOT OPERATE A "LEGAL LINE" OR ANY SIMILAR PROGRAM WHERE PERSONS CAN CALL AN ATTORNEY FOR FREE ADVICE.  THE ONLY WAY TO OBTAIN THE BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM IS THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS.  IF YOUR APPLICATION IS ACCEPTED THEN YOU WILL BE ASSIGNED AN ATTORNEY WHO WILL ASSIST YOU AND ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.

  • THE DIRECTOR OF THE PROGRAM IS THE CURRENT VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE BOONE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION.  THIS OFFICER CHANGES FROM TIME TO TIME AND THE BOONE COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE CAN SUPPLY THE NAME OF THE CURRENT VICE-PRESIDENT.

  • IF YOU ARE SEEKING ASSISTANCE AS A DEFENDANT IN A CRIMINAL MATTER, THEN THIS IS NOT THE PROPER PROGRAM.  YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE COURT FOR A PUBLIC DEFENDER.  IF YOU ARE SEEKING CHILD SUPPORT THAT IS OWED TO YOU, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHILD SUPPORT DIVISION OF THE PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE.  ALSO EXCLUDED FROM THE PROGRAM ARE SMALL CLAIMS CASES, BANKRUPTCY, WORKERS COMPENSATION, PROBATE, AND SOME OTHER TYPES OF CASES. 

  • BASED ON YOUR APPLICATION THE BAR ASSOCIATION MAY LIMIT OR IMPOSE CONDITIONS ON ACCEPTANCE IN SOME CASES.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM COMPLETELY.  INCOMPLETE FORMS WILL BE DENIED AND RETURNED.  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A TELEPHONE PLEASE LEAVE A PHONE NUMBER WE CAN REACH YOU OR LEAVE A MESSAGE.

2. ATTACH PAY STUBS OR ANY PROOF OF INCOME.

3. ONCE YOUR APPLICATION IS COMPLETED PLEASE RETURN IT To the following ADDRESS:

BOONE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

PRO-BONO PROGRAM

P.O. BOX 385

LEBANON, IN  46052

You may also email a copy of your application to the Boone County Bar Association at boonecountybar@gmail.com

YOU SHOULD RECEIVE NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE OR DENIAL IN ABOUT 1 OR 2 WEEKS.

  • IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY YOU MAY CONTACT THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE BAR ASSOCIATION.  PLEASE BE AWARE THAT "EMERGENCY" WILL BE STRICTLY DEFINED, AND GENERALLY MEANS AN IMMEDIATE DANGER TO HEALTH AND SAFETY.  A CLOSE COURT DATE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN EMERGENCY. (SEE NO. 5 BELOW)

  • IF YOU HAVE A PENDING CASE THE SOONER YOU APPLY THE BETTER; YOU MUST RETURN YOUR APPLICATION AT LEAST 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO ANY COURT DATE.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE A TIMELY APPLICATION.

  • IF YOUR APPLICATION IS ACCEPTED, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTACT YOUR ASSIGNED ATTORNEY AS SOON AS PRACTICAL.  FAILURE TO CONTACT WITHIN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME WILL RESULT IN WITHDRAWAL OF APPOINTMENT.

  • PLEASE NOTE THE BAR ASSOCIATION MAY KEEP INFORMATION FROM YOUR APPLICATION FOR TRACKING PURPOSES.  THE BAR ASSOCIATION DOES MAKE PUBLIC ANY DATA ON YOUR APPLICATION.  SUCH INFORMATION IS NOT SUBJECT TO ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE, AND IT MAY BE REVEALED UPON COURT ORDER OR OTHER LEGAL AUTHORITY.