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IndyBar: Simplify Your Practice with Forms and Resources

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The sharing of information and resources is one of the greatest benefits of an association. During the course of its more than 125 year history, the Indianapolis Bar Association has developed a number of resources to assist in the practice online, on disk or in hard copy. Here’s the line-up:

Legal Forms are Online: The IndyBar’s website, www.indybar.org, contains a Document Library of over 100 legal forms for use by members. These online forms are “fill in the blank” and print-ready to use as documents. There are forms for a wide-range of needs: estate planning, mortgage transactions, liens and more. The forms are for use by licensed attorneys and are accessible online to members of the Indianapolis Bar Association only.

Online Legal Directory: The database of attorney, paralegal and student contact information is available online at www.indybar.org. The directory provides a photo (if available), phone, fax, email, mailing address and practice area information. The directory lists both IndyBar members and non-members with designation for both.

Real Estate Forms 2d: A handy, informative CD-ROM containing nearly 100 real estate forms tailored for Indiana practice that is a must-have. The CD-ROM was released in October 2010, and is available to IndyBar members for $90.

Proceedings Supplemental: A compilation of 11 forms regarding proceedings supplemental and wage garnishment available on CD-ROM. This disk is available for $50.

Planning Ahead: A Plan for Protecting Your Clients in the Event of Your Disability or Death: This is one of our most popular offerings, created in 2004, and is available for free. As difficult as it can be to conceive, events could render any attorney unable to continue the practice of law without warning. If they happen, a client’s interest must be protected. For this reason, a lawyer’s duty of competent representation includes arranging to safeguard the client’s interest in the event of the lawyer’s death, disability, impairment or incapacity. This publication addresses the planning process and is created to help prepare for the unexpected.

Commonly Asked Questions About Indiana Law: A Guide for Pro Bono Service: This manual, sometimes called the IndyBar Pro Bono Guide, is a comprehensive guide to providing answers to basic legal questions. If you are an attorney or paralegal who has volunteered for Legal Line or Ask A Lawyer, then you have seen this book. Its purpose is to assist, for example, the family law attorney who gets a landlord/tenant question.

It is provided free to volunteers participating in designated IndyBar-sponsored pro bono events. It was first released in January 2003 and is updated annually. The Commonly Asked Questions About Indiana Law can also be purchased for $149.95 by IndyBar Members.•

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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