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  • Aging and Disability Resource Center
    855-417-6892, (608) 240-7400 Disability Benefit Specialists (DBS) assist individuals between the ages of 18 and 59 who have physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental health issues and/or substance abuse issues
  • Bankruptcy Assistance Program
    (608) 204-9642 Assists individuals with Chapter 7 bankruptcy questions.
  • Basic Estate Planning Clinic
    (608) 243-2881 Helps low-income individuals prepare basic estate planning documents. Schedule and appointment information are on their website.
  • Canopy Center
    (608) 241-4888 A child abuse treatment and prevention agency serving the Dane County community.
  • Centro Hispano Immigration Services
    Call to make an appointment: (608) 442-4012
  • Community Immigration Law Center
    (608) 640-4444 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.
  • Community Justice Incorporated
    (608) 204-9642
    Represents low-income families and individuals in cases involving landlord/tenant, disability and mental health, employment, family, child welfare, education, discrimination, consumer/credit, land use, environmental issues. New users must call during intake hours: Mon-Thurs 1-4 pm. Be prepared to spend 15-30 mins on the phone.
  • Dane County Law Library
    (608) 266-6316
  • Disability Rights Wisconsin
    (608) 267-0214 Disability Rights helps people across Wisconsin gain access to services and opportunity through its advocacy and legal expertise. Legal support addresses access, inclusion, dignity, most-integrated choices and equal rights issues.
  • Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)
    (608) 251-4445 or (800) 747-4045 Offers crisis intervention and community education/prevention programs, including a 24-hour help line, programming for children from violent homes, legal advocacy, support groups, emergency safety planning, and a domestic violence shelter.
  • Economic Justice Institute (EJI)
    (608) 890-0678. Serves low-income and other under-represented clients in matters designed to enhance access to justice and economic security. The Economic Justice Institute (EJI) is home to the University of Wisconsin Law School's civil, anti-poverty clinical programs.
  • Eviction defense clinic
    Call 608-890-0678 or email eji@law.wisc.edu for help. Se habla espaƱol.
  • Eviction defense project
    Legal Action of Wisconsin's Eviction Defense Project (EDP) is court-based, FREE legal aid for low-income tenants who are facing eviction. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dane County clinic is located at 744 Williamson St (same building as Ground Zero and El Dorado Grill). The office hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, and certain Fridays. Call the intake line to schedule an appointment: 855-947-2529.
  • Family Court Clinic
    See the current clinic schedule for hours. Meets at the Dane County Courthouse
  • Family Law Assistance Center
    See the current clinic schedule for hours. Meets at the Dane County Courthouse
  • Free Legal Answers Wisconsin
    Free to Wisconsin residents. Ask your legal question online and volunteer attorneys may answer your question through the website provided by the American Bar Association.
  • Immigration Affairs Department of Human Services
    (608) 242-6260 Providing outreach and resources to immigrants, and refugee communities in Dane County
  • Immigration Legal Services Program (Catholic Multicultural Center)
  • Immigration Services at Jewish Social Services
    (608) 442-4081 Make an appointment to consult with staff on your immigration case.
  • Language Assistance Program, Clerk of Circuit Court
    (608) 266-4311 The Language Assistance Plan serves to help ensure access to court services for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP). It also covers interpreter services to deaf and hard of hearing persons.
  • Lawyers for Learners
    Lawyers for Learners partners with colleges across Wisconsin to connect students and prospective students with free legal help. Virtual or in-person help may include criminal background and arrest records from civil and municipal court proceedings, such as retail theft citations, driver's license recovery, expungement, pardons, gender marker change and name change, and referrals for other legal issues (example: immigration, family law, housing). Fill out the form on their website to request an appointment.
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin
    (855) 947-2529 Provides civil legal services for WI low-income persons. Assists people with legal issues involving family law, housing matters, public benefits, and consumer matters.
  • Legal Clinic at Madison College
    Free clinic for a variety of legal issues, including bankruptcy, child support and family law, consumer protection, criminal records, driver's license restoration, expungement, foreclosures, immigration, rental housing, and victims of crimes.
  • Legal Services in Dane County
  • LIFT Wisconsin
    Provides a legal tune up tool to search public data and help users resolve civil legal issues, fill out forms, and resolve issues with background check, criminal court records, and eviction court records.
  • Low-Cost Legal Assistance in Dane Co
    A directory of free or low cost legal assistance organizations and clinics in Dane County. Also available translated into Chinese, Hmong, and Spanish.
  • Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics
    Provides appointment-based services (some statewide) for nonprofit and small business help, adult guardianship, pardons, civil, and family issues. Some services may only be available in Milwaukee.
  • Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
    (608) 242-3071 Military members seeking legal advice may consult the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.
  • Restorative Justice Project
    (608) 262-2240 Provides mediation services between victims/survivors of crime and criminal offenders throughout the State of Wisconsin.
  • Restraining Order & Survivor Advocacy Clinic
    See the current clinic schedule for hours. Meets at the Dane County Courthouse
  • Rise Law Center / Centro Legal Rise
    (608)-256-1015 Family law, immigration law, and other related practice areas.
  • Small Claims Clinic
    See the current clinic schedule for hours. Meets at the Dane County Courthouse
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Lawyer Referral and Information Service
    Request a referral to a Wisconsin attorney by calling (800) 362-9082.
  • Sunshine Free Legal Clinic
    No fee. Family law, immigration law, employment law, criminal law, landlord/tenant issues, and more. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., every first Thursday of the month at 1632 West Main Street, Sun Prairie 53590 (Sunshine Supper location).
  • Tenant Resource Center
    (877) 238-7368 or 608-257-0006 Offers landlord/tenant mediation and a provides tenants, landlords and social service agency staff with information, referrals and applications for low-cost housing, subsidized housing, transitional housing and emergency shelter services.
  • Tenant Resource Center (UW-Madison location)
    (608) 216-2321 For UW-Madison students. Provides student tenant education, problem resolution assistance, and no cost mediation services for housing issues.
  • Trans Law Help
    Provides assistance to the transgender community by helping individuals obtain corrected identity documents (birth certificates, driver's licenses, passports, etc.) reflecting their authentic name and gender.
  • Unemployment Appeals Clinic
    (608) 255-5909 Unemployment compensation hearings and LIRC appeals.
  • Urban League of Greater Madison
    Receive free criminal record reviews with an attorney. Provides advice regarding your eligibility for arrest removal and correction; expungement; and pardon. Assistance with paperwork and filing court documents IF eligible. Information about your rights related to employment and criminal records. Advice for answering job application and job interview questions about your background. Job leads & information about FREE career training opportunities.
  • Veterans Service Office
    (608) 266-4158
  • Victim / Witness Unit
    (608) 266-9003 Staff assists victims and witnesses throughout the criminal court process by answering questions, keeping victims and their families informed of case development, providing information and referrals to community service providers, assisting with restitution, and offering personal assistance when possible.
  • Wills for Heroes
    (608) 250-6177 Volunteer attorneys and support personnel participate in clinics around the state at which the volunteer attorneys prepare simple wills and other basic estate planning documents at no charge for eligible first responders and their spouses or domestic partners.
  • Worker Justice Wisconsin
    Help with workplace issues. Call or email to make an appointment. English and Spanish.
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