These materials and links are provided as a public service, are for informational purposes only, and are not legal advice.
These documents are for licensed attorneys only. If you are representing yourself, please check here for assistance. If you are an attorney licensed in Indiana, have accepted a pro bono case from Heartland, and would like to see if Heartland has a document you can use, please send an email to the Plan Administrator.
Case referral forms
Each client - even pro bono clients - should sign a representation agreement (and such agreements are required by our malpractice carrier). The agreement below is a sample agreement; feel free to tailor it to your individual needs.
Pro bono reporting forms
As part of our annual reporting, Heartland submits data about the number of cases and hours contributed by our volunteers during the last year. In addition, Indiana's Rule 6.7 now requires all of its attorneys to report the total number of pro bono hours contributed as part of the annual registration process. You can submit your hours using the form below, or update your case on Heartland's pro bono database (please email the plan administrator to get a login).
Free Lexis/Nexis access is available through the ISBA to Indiana attorneys working on a pro bono case. More info & application form available here.
filing a pro bono case
If you represent a client in a civil action or a petition to appoint a guardian pursuant to IC 29-3-5, and you accepted the case as a direct pro bono referral from Heartland, your client is entitled to have his or her filing fee waived under IC 33-37-3-2(b). To receive this waiver, the attorney must first file a statement that complies with the requirements of IC 33-37-3-2(b).
limited appearance forms
General limited appearance forms:
Currently, Heartland does not have funds available to reimburse attorneys for litigation expenses incurred in the course of pro bono representation. If you would like to contribute to a litigation expense fund, please contact the Plan Administrator.