ABC (Advocacy and Benefits Counseling)
Madison (608) 261-6939
- A nonprofit law firm dedicated to ensuring health care access for Wisconsin families
- ABC for Health's mission is to provide health care consumers with the information, advocacy tools, legal services, and expert support they need to navigate through America's complex and confusing health care financing system.Eligible consumers include families with children up to 21 years of age who are unable to obtain or afford health care families with children who have chronic or terminal illnesses or disabilities pregnant women who can't afford prenatal care
Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin
(608) 258-9103 (Madison)
- ARCW's Legal Services Program will represent clients on legal matters that directly involve HIV or AIDS, such as HIV discrimination cases, landlord/tenant issues, breach of confidentiality, bankruptcies, employment issues, government entitlements, debtor/creditor issues, insurance problems, wills, living wills, powers of attorney and basic testamentary documents.
224-0606 (Dane County)
- Federal and state mandated advocacy program designed to provide older adults with free legal services.
- To be eligible for these services, a person must be age 60 or older.
- The purpose of these legal services is to help people secure help from government benefit programs to which they are entitled. These programs include:
- Social Security
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Medicare and Medicaid
- Food Stamps
- Wisconsin Community Options Program (COP)
Center for Patient Partnerships
- University based interdiscplinary patient advocacy center
- See also "Elder Law Clinic"
Center for Public Representation
- The Center is Wisconsin's oldest nonprofit public interest law firm. Since its founding in 1974, the Center has been an advocate for consumers and low-income families through education, research, training, and representation.Its mission is to educate and empower consumers by providing services and information. The yearly operations of the Center are performed by law students under the supervision of a Senior Attorney.
- Representation in many areas, including landlord/tenant, disability and mental health, employment, discrimination, consumer/credit child welfare, lad use, environmental and criminal law
Community Law Office
- Student Attorneys
- Civil Work
Consumer Law Litigation Clinic
- Since its inception in 1991, the Consumer Law Litigation Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School has provided legal services to lower income clients while granting law students the opportunity for hands-on training
- The CLLC handles individual and class action lawsuits in state and federal court covering a variety of consumer protection issues, including misrepresentation and fraud, credit scams, bad faith denial of insurance claims, anti-trust violations, unfair debt collection practices and "fringe banking" abuses by rent-to-own and payday loan companies. The CLLC also advocates for consumers before the Wisconsin Legislature and administration agencies.
DAIS Legal Advocates
- Provide support, information, and assistance to people who have experienced domestic abuse from their intimate partner
- Services include legal advocacy, assistance with restraining orders, family law, the criminal justice system and attorney referrals
Dane County Law Library
Disability Specialists (Family Care Counties only)
- Can assist with SSDI issues
- Fond du Lac (920) 929-3466
- Jackson (715) 284-5898
- Kenosha (262) 605-6646
- LaCrosse (608) 785-6050
- Marathon (715) 261-6070
- Milwaukee (414) 289-5950
- Portage (715) 346-1405
- Richland (608) 647-4616
- Trempealeau (715) 538-2001
Divorce/Family Law Education, Inc.
- Do-your-own divorce service
Elder Law Center/CWAG
- CWAG's Elder Law Center is a public interest legal services program provided by seven attorneys, two Dane County Benefit Specialists, and administrative support staff
- One of our primary goals is to provide accurate, up-to-date legal information, education, and services to the clients, individuals, and organizations that we serve
- With the exception of some training programs and publications, our services are provided at no charge
Elder Financial Exploitation Project/CWAG
- Legal helpline provides support, advocacy, information and referral to elders and their surrogates on financial exploitation issues
- Able to provide limited emergency legal assistance to victims
Fair Housing Center
- Conducts intake of fair housing complaints from the general public and counsels complainants on their options for administrative or judicial remedy. Also provides investigative services for persons who allege housing discrimination.
Family Law Assistance Center
- Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm
- Room 226, City/County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison
- Volunteers can assist you in completing family law forms.
(800) 488-2596 or (608) 224-0606 (Tuesdays - Thursdays)
- Staffed by attorneys, the Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center provides a statewide resource center on guardianship related issues
(608) (262) 8294
Lawyer Referral and Info Service
Legal Action of Wisconsin
Madison (608) 256-3304 - Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Jefferson and Rock counties
Milwaukee (414) 278-7722 (downtown); (414) 672-2660 (southside) - Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.
Kenosha (262) 654-0114 - Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties.
- Legal Action of Wisconsin exists to provide creative and effective legal representation in order to achieve justice for low-income people and others to whom it would otherwise be denied
- We advocate for empowerment and systemic change to help our clients realize their basic right to a decent quality of life. We strive for active client and community participation in carrying out our mission.
Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons
(608) (262) 1002
- Civil legal services to inmates as part of a UW Law School clinical program including Inmates in minimum-security institutions in the Wisconsin Prison System; Inmates in county jails in Wisconsin; Patients in mental health centers in Wisconsin, including the Wisconsin Resource Center; Inmates in prisons or jails outside of Wisconsin; Individuals on probation or parole supervision; or Any individuals who are not incarcerated.
Legal Explorer/State Bar of Wisconsin
- Navigating Wisconsin's Legal System Legal Information and Educational Resources
Legal Information Center
- UW law students offer information about the law surrounding specific legal issues and provide referrals. Cannot offer legal advice, but will provide referrals to attorneys and advocates authorized to give such advice.
Legal Services of Northeastern Wisconsin
(920) 432-4645 (Green Bay) Counties Served
Brown, Calumet, Green Bay, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Outagamie
(920) 233-6521 (Oshkosh) Counties Served
Adams, Green Lake, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Marquette, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington, Waushara, Winnebago
- Free legal assistance for eligible low-income persons in selected areas of law
- Total household income may not normally exceed 125% of federal poverty levels. Assets and other factors must also be considered
- Services must be limited based on available funding and volunteer resources. Examples of cases which may be accepted include tenant rights, public assistance rights, debtor rights, family law (divorce, custody, visitation), special education rights, and certain civil rights cases
Modest Means Program
The Modest Means Program of the State Bar of Wisconsin assists people whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but too low to pay a lawyer’s standard rate. The Modest Means Program is run by the Lawyer Referral and Information Service at the State Bar. When we receive your completed application and documentation, we will try to match you with an attorney who has agreed to consider certain cases at a reduced rate.
Neighborhood Law Project
- Provides free legal services to Dane County residents. NLP helps with legal problems involving housing, employment, and public benefits.
Office of State Public Defender
(608) 266-9150 (Madison)
- Mission To enhance the quality of justice throughout Wisconsin by providing high quality, compassionate, and cost-effective legal representation, protecting the rights of the accused, and advocating as a criminal justice partner for effective defender services and a fair and rational criminal justice system
Pension Rights Project/CWAG
Can assist with
- Tracking Lost Pensions
- Denial of Pensions
- Social Security Integration
- Benefit Miscalculations
- Overpayments and Underpayments
- Pension Counseling
- Spouse or survivor benefits
(414) 278-1222 (Milwaukee)
- SeniorLAW is a program of Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., dedicated to serving individuals who are 60 and older
- SeniorLAW can help you if you are having problems with your public benefits such as Medicare, Medical Assistance, Long Term Care, Social Security, SSI, Food Stamps, Subsidized Housing, or Homestead Credit
- If you have applied for benefit and have been denied, or if your benefits have been cut off or reduced, the staff at SeniorLAW can talk to you about your case and represent you where appropriate
- SeniorLAW can also provide you information about benefit programs, confusing health care papers, power of attorney forms, and changes in the laws that might affect you. We may be able to represent you in court in some cases involving guardianship, elder rights, housing, and consumer scams.
- There are some cases that SeniorLAW cannot handle. These cases include criminal, traffic, wills, probate, estate planning, malpractice, personal injury, and cases where attorneys could collect a fee from the opposing party.
Small Claims Assistance
- (608) 266-4311
Walk in program provides legal information, with the purpose of assistning pro se litigants in the small claims process. Assistance questions, forms, and procedures regarding Small Claims monetary, replevin, garnishment, and eviction actions. Legal advice is not given.
UW Law School Re-Entry Project for Former Prisoners
- The Re-entry Project provides a wide range of legal assistance to clients close to their release from prison, and those who are on community supervision
- The clinic emphasizes a problem solving and interdisciplinary approach to legal representation
- Clients present a wide range of issues often involving child placement, divorce, child support, federal disability law, employment matters, debt resolution and driving privileges
- Through the resolution of client problems, the clinic seeks to help clients successfully re-enter the community
- For more information, contact Clinical Instructor Elyce Wos at (608) 263-9576; email email@example.com
UW Legal Information Center
- (608) 265-2396
- Free legal information for low-income people on divorce, name changes, small claims court, landlord/tenant issues, and traffic law issues
- Also provides lawyer referrals
Western Wisconsin Legal Services
(608) 935-2741 (Dodgeville)
(608) 785-2809 (LaCrosse)
- The mission of Western Wisconsin Legal Services (WWLS) is to assist and empower low-income people in obtaining and maintaining, with dignity, the basic necessities of life, such as food, shelter, survival income, medical care, and physical and emotional safety, through the provision of high-quality legal services and community legal education
- Dodgeville Office Serves Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland and Sauk counties. LaCrosse Office Serves Buffalo, Jackson, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon counties.
- Lawyer Referral and Information Service
- State Bar Pro-bono (608) 257-4666
- Modest Means
Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy
(608) 267-0214 (Madison)
- The Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy (WCA) is a private, nonprofit agency chosen by Wisconsin's Governor to provide protection and advocacy for people with disabilities throughout the state. WCA is completely independent of state government and direct service providers
(715) 842-1681 (Wausau)
- You may be eligible for free legal help through Wisconsin Judicare if you
- Live in one of the 33 northern most counties of Wisconsin
- Meet limits on the value of your property
- Are a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully residing in the United States under the color of the law
- Have low income, as defined as a percentage of the federal poverty guidelines
- Cases involving bankruptcy, social security and SSI, family law, health, housing, income maintenance, wills, and Indian law will be reviewed for approval or denial on an individual basis.
Low Cost Legal Resources in Dane County