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The following organizations provide legal representation, mediation and arbitration services for Wisconsin residents. Some services are restricted to low-income individuals.

  • Community Justice Incorporated
    A law firm that represents low-income individuals and families involved in landlord/tenant, disability and mental health, employment, family, child welfare, education, discrimination, consumer/credit, land use, environmental issues.
  • Economic Justice Institute (UW Law School)
    Home to the law school's legal assistance programs:
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin
    Provides civil legal services for WI low-income persons. Assists people with legal issues involving divorce, child custody/support, domestic violence, elder abuse, health care, Medicare, Social Security, public benefits, employment, guardianship, migrant workers, landlord/tenant, and more. Offices in Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, and Racine.
  • Modest Means Program (State Bar of Wisconsin)
    Part of the State Bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service. Assists people whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but too low to pay a lawyer’s standard rate.
  • Northern Wisconsin Legal Advice Project
    Website providing brief legal advice to low-income residents of the 10th Judicial District, which includes Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix and Washburn counties.
  • Wisconsin Judicare
    Serves low-income people in 33 northern counties of WI. Handles cases involving bankruptcy, social security and SSI, family law, health, housing, income maintenance, wills, and Indian law.

Directories

Business

Civil Rights

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin
    Selects cases which are believed to have the greatest impact on protecting civil liberties in Wisconsin.
  • Lambda
    Legal information and assistance with discrimination related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV status.

Elder Law

Federal Courts

Health & Disabilities

  • ABC for Health, Inc
    Legal staff may help you "challenge health insurance claim denials, negotiate with creditors, and represent you in appeals before government agencies."
  • AIDS Network
    Provides legal services in south central Wisconsin. Legal information and advice are given to those affected by HIV and AIDS, and to those with questions about related legal issues.
  • AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Legal Services
    Attorneys who specialize in the complex legal issues associated with HIV/AIDS including confidentiality, disability benefits, power of attorney for health care, bankruptcy, wills and guardianships. Represents and counsels people regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center
    Disability Benefit Specialists assist individuals between the ages of 18 and 59 who have physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental health issues and/or substance abuse issues
  • Disability Benefit Specialist Program (WI Dept. of Health Services)
  • Disability Rights Wisconsin
    Offers individual advocacy for people with developmental disabilities identified prior to age 22, mental illness who live in institutions or the community, or people with mental, physical, sensory or neurological disabilities who face discrimination, face barriers to independence, or lack need services due to their disability.

Military & Armed Forces

Wisconsin Communities

Wisconsin Legal Aid Initiatives

County Resources

Recommended links from our County Resources database:

  • Legal Assistance

    • Community Immigration Law Center
      (608) 257-4845
      Offers brief consultations on basic legal immigration issues on a first come, first serve basis. Case assessment and legal advice provided by our volunteer immigration lawyers. Assistance with immigration forms and fillings.
    • Lawyer Referral and Information Service - Milwaukee Bar Association
      (414) 274-6768
      Low-income and modest means legal assistance. Provides referrals to attorneys, mediators & other community resources. Attorneys are available for: bankruptcy, consumer law, corporation/partnership, criminal law, employment law, elder law, family law, immigration law, landlord/tenant, mediation, personal injury, probate, real estate, small claims, Social Security, taxation, wills, estate planning, and workers' compensation. The first half hour consultation with an attorney will cost $20 or less.
    • Restorative Justice Project
      Provides mediation services between victims/survivors of crime and criminal offenders throughout the State of Wisconsin.
    • Wisconsin Legal Assistance For Military Personnel
      (414) 382-1753
      Legal clinics for service members, veterans, and their families.
Last Updated: June 20, 2014 | Up to Top
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