Free legal advice and representation may be able to be given with certain civil legal problems to individuals or groups with low income. Eligibility: 125% of federal poverty level. We do not charge for our services. We do reserve the right to ask clients to pay certain costs (for records, copies, etc.,) but this is only rarely requested.
Our priority practice areas and special projects include:
•Consumer Law -- debt collection, foreclosure, payday and auto title loans, garnishment, and bankruptcy.
•Disabled Offenders Economic Security Project (DOES)
The DOES Project works with prisoners from 14 Wisconsin state prisons and has developed a unique working arrangement with the Social Security Administration and the Disabilities Determination Bureau that reduces SSI/SSDI application processing time.
•Driver's Licenses, Professional Licenses, Criminal Records and Employment
•Elder Rights Project -- Civil legal aid for elder abuse victims.
•Eviction Defense Project -- Special project for Milwaukee County evictions.
•Family Law -- Protective restraining orders, divorce, custody, child support, and other family law problems for domestic violence victims.
•Farmworkers -- Employment laws, housing conditions, public benefits, unemployment compensation and other issues affecting Wisconsin’s migrant farmworkers.
•Government/Public Benefits (Welfare) and Health Law -- Wisconsin Works (W-2), Child Care Assistance, BadgerCare, Food Stamps, Title 19 or Medicaid, Kinship Care, Unemployment Compensation and other government benefit programs.
•Housing Law -- help with subsidzed housing, lockouts, security deposits, eviction, promises to repair, earnest money
•Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC)
LITC attorneys, a certified public accountant, and enrolled agents provide free help to low-income taxpayers from any Wisconsin county on these IRS tax matters: IRS Audits and Examination, IRS Appeals, Collection
Earned Income Credit, Filing Status & Dependents, Innocent Spouse Status and Independent Contractor/Employee.
LAW’s LITC does *not* assist in any criminal tax matters, any tax return preparation, or state tax matters. The LITC does not answer any tax questions over the phone.
•SeniorLAW -- legal services for residents ages 60+
Can help some low-income disabled people with appeals: After they have applied for Social Security or Social Security Disability, after the Social Security Administration has denied their application, •when no private attorneys will take their case.
•Veterans: Defend against evictions and resolve other housing law problems, get and keep SSI/SSDI and other public benefits, restore driver's licenses and resolve ordinance or traffic citations, fix consumer law problems, help get occupational licenses, resolve child support problems.