The Wisconsin Legal Assistance for Military Personnel program is a project of the State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program. Referrals to volunteer and reduced cost attorneys or other legal resources for eligible individuals are available to veterans, active duty military personnel, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve. Individuals must have legal issues that can be resolved by a Wisconsin lawyer and meet our income requirements. Family members of eligible individuals may also receive legal assistance through this project.
To qualify for free legal assistance, your household must qualify as low income (approximately $24,000 for a family of 4), which generally means a military pay grade of E-6 or lower. Referrals for legal assistance at reduced cost may also be available for those who do not qualify for free legal help.
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What kinds of issues do we help with?
Volunteers may be able to provide eligible individuals with free legal assistance in civilian legal matters that impact or result from military service. Areas of law that we may be able to help with include:
- consumer finance
- civilian employment legal issues
- misdemeanor criminal offenses
- estate planning/powers of attorney
How to apply?
Please use our online intake form to submit any request for legal assistance. Be sure to give us enough detail to help us understand what kind of help is needed and where.
Other Important Information
Volunteers work with service members on civilian legal issues only. Our volunteers do not handle issues related to military law, VA benefits, military discharges or open cases that are being handled by a military legal assistance office.
We will make our best efforts, but we cannot guarantee that a volunteer attorney will be available to help you. We rely on private attorneys who volunteer their time to help people who qualify for assistance through this project. In some instances, we may only be able to provide a referral to another resource. A number of helpful referral resources for Wisconsin service members and veterans are collected on this downloadable advocacy card (feel free to distribute the card).