|For Immediate Release
||CONTACT: Jason Westphal
State Bar of Wisconsin
(800) 444-9404, ext. 6077
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Eau Claire Attorneys Assist Area Seniors
MADISON, July 26, 2002 - As volunteers of the State
Bar's Lawyer Hotline program, two local attorneys recently provided free
legal advice to dozens of senior citizens during the Coalition of
Wisconsin Aging Groups (CWAG) Convention in Eau Claire.
The attorneys, Peter E. Grosskopf (Grosskopf &
Black LLC) and Jane E. Lokken (Garvey, Anderson,
Johnson, Geraci & Mirr SC), assisted by answering simple legal
questions and providing general legal information during the
face-to-face hotline sessions. In addition, the State Bar of Wisconsin
provided visitors with a variety of publications - including a
consumer's guide to life planning and dozens of topical brochures for
seniors on issues including power of attorney, probate and estate
"This is truly a meaningful service that the State Bar is able to
provide through the assistance and cooperation of volunteer attorneys,"
said Shell Goar, hotline coordinator. "Anytime we as an association can
somehow bridge the gap between attorneys and the public, the opportunity
must be utilized."
The hotline program is a component of the State Bar's Lawyer Referral
and Information Service, which provides information, resources and
referrals to more than 50,000 consumers seeking legal assistance
annually. Most hotline questions involve landlord/tenant, small claims,
family law, simple wills, bankruptcy and traffic issues.
To access the State Bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service,
call (800) 362-9082 or visit www.legalexplorer.com.
The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association,
created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a law
license in Wisconsin. With more than 20,000 members, the State Bar aids
the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides
continuing legal education for its members, and assists Wisconsin
lawyers in carrying out initiatives to educate the public about the