Looking for an attorney? Review the suggested resources below to help you locate legal assistance.

 

  • Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS)
    • (800) 362-9082 or (608) 257-4666
    • If you are looking for general legal information or an answer to a simple legal question (i.e., landlord/tenant, small claims court, simple family law, basic probate questions, and traffic violation questions), you can get help through this program. LRIS will make an appointment for a lawyer to call you back, free of charge, within a few days to briefly discuss your question.
  • Community Justice, Inc.
    • (608) 204-9642
    • Non-profit law firm serving people with lower incomes in a wide range of legal issues.
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.
    • (608) 256-3304 or (800) 362-3904
    • Free legal assistance to low-income persons in the following areas: family law, housing (landlord-tenant, section 8, public and subsidized housing), consumer, foreclosures, and public benefits (disability and SSI, Medical Assistance and Badger Care, Food Stamps W2, child care, and unemployment insurance).
  • State Public Defender
    • (608) 266-9150
    • Legal services for indigent defendants in Dane County criminal actions, juveniles in Dane County, and clients involved in mental commitment proceedings.

 

Legal Clinics

  • Advocacy and Benefits Counseling for Health, Inc. (ABC for Health)
    • (608) 261-6939
    • Services include Health Benefits Counseling, Legal Services for Health Care Financing, Covering Kids and Families MAP Projects, Professional Training and Consultation, Public Information Services, Health System Research and Advocacy. Children and families especially those with special needs or with problems accessing health care.  Free services if income levels are met.  If income levels are not met, fees are determined on a sliding scale basis.
  • The Center for Patient Partnerships
    • (608) 890-0321
    • A project through the UW Law School that helps advocate for patients with life threatening or serious chronic illness make informed decisions and get the health care they need and deserve. It provides information and services that are intended to empower the patient.
  • Community Immigration Law Center
    • (608) 257-4845
    • Every 2nd and 4th Friday from 2-5pm at First Presbyterian Church. Volunteer law students and attorneys provide case evaluation/ assessment, referrals, assistance with basic immigration-related forms, and “know your rights” information/presentations.  Spanish interpreters available.  Interpreters for other languages may not be available, so it is best to bring one.
  • Consumer Law Clinic
    • (608) 263-6283
    • UW-Madison Law Students provide legal services to low-income individuals with consumer law issues.
  • Disability Rights Wisconsin
    • (608) 267-0214 or (888) 758-6049
    • Disability Rights Wisconsin serves people of all ages, including people with developmental disabilities, people with mental illness, people with physical or sensory disabilities, and people with traumatic brain injury. The advocacy services offered may include: information and referral, advice and guidance in self-advocacy, investigating, negotiating or mediating, or representation in legal proceedings.  Disability Rights Wisconsin does not provide legal assistance for bankruptcies, traffic tickets, criminal cases or family law issues like child custody, child support or divorce.
  • Domestic Violence Immigration Clinic
    • (608) 890-3753
    • UW-Madison Law Students assist immigrant survivors of abuse in petitions for submission to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act of 2000, also known as the U Visa.
  • Elder Law Center
    • (608) 224-0606
    • Provider of legal services and resources to citizens 60 years and older with special emphasis on the frail and vulnerable elderly in need of long-term care.
  • Family Court Assistance
    • (608) 262-2301
    • Information and assistance from UW-Madison Law Students to people without lawyers. Assistance provided with restraining orders, divorce, and other family law related paperwork.
  • Family Court Counseling Services
    • (608) 266-4607
    • Assists with court-ordered mediation, family studies, and runs parenting classes for those with family law cases in Dane County.
  • Family Law Assistance Center
    • Wednesdays 11:30am–1:30pm. Spanish speakers available 1st and 3rd Volunteer attorneys provide family law information and assistance.  Room L1000, Dane County Courthouse, 215 S. Hamilton Street, Madison.
  • Foreclosure Answer Clinic
    • (608) 263-6283
    • 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 11am-1pm in Room 310 of the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. First come, first serve.  Services provided by UW-Madison Law Students.
  • Legal Resource Center
    • (608) 266-6316
    • Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, Room L1007, Dane County Courthouse, 215 S. Hamilton Street, Madison.
    • The Dane County Legal Resource Center (“DCLRC”) collects most current primary Wisconsin legal resources: statutes, administrative code, and Wisconsin Reports, as well as local Madison and Dane County Ordinances.  In addition, DCLRC retains all old statutes and session laws, and collects Attorney General opinions, court rules, and selected Wisconsin legal periodicals. DCLRC also has a Wisconsin treatise collection containing State Bar of Wisconsin CLE practice books and other secondary resources.
  • Neighborhood Law Project
    • (608) 260-8221
    • Free legal services in three areas: landlord/tenant, public benefits, and unpaid wages.  Must be low-income.  Call for an appointment.
  • Small Claims Assistance Center
    • Tuesdays, 9:00am–11:00am, Room L1000, Dane County Courthouse, 215 S. Hamilton Street, Madison.
    • Spanish-speaking volunteers available the first and third Tuesday of each month.
  • Tenant Resource Center Helpline
    • (608) 257-0006
    • The Tenant Resource Center is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to promoting positive relations between rental housing consumers and providers throughout Wisconsin. By providing information and referrals, education about rental rights and responsibilities, and access to conflict resolution, we empower the community to obtain and maintain quality affordable housing.
  • Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic
    • (608) 246-4357
    • Appointments scheduled through United Way at above number. Help with the pursuit of unemployment compensation benefits provided by UW Law Students.
  • Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center
    • (800) 488-2596
    • Statewide resource for information about guardianship-related issues. The Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center “GSC” answers questions about the law relating to guardianships, protective placements, conservatorships, Powers of Attorney for Health Care, Powers of Attorney for Finances, Living Wills, and DNR orders. The Wisconsin GSC telephone helpline is operated on a call-back basis; you will be asked to leave a detailed message and your call will be returned. The Wisconsin GSC provides legal information, case consultation and referrals but does not provide legal representation, legal advice, or find or provide guardians.

 

Other Legal Resources

  • Wisconsin Legal Advice Online
    • From the website: “Wisconsin Legal Advice Online was created by the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission and is also sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Pro Bono Program. The system screens clients for eligibility and, if qualified, allows them to post a question to a private messaging system. The questions are answered by private attorneys volunteering their time. Users have the ability to check the system for answers at any time. Only the name of the client is shared with the volunteer attorney assisting them. All other information is anonymous to insure complete privacy.”