The Wisconsin Legal Assistance for Military Personnel program is a project of the State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program. Referrals to volunteer attorneys and 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 receive free legal assistance through this project, your household must qualify as low income (generally, this means below 125% of the federal poverty guideline, approximately $14,363 for an individual or $29,438 for a family of four). Other programs have higher income guidelines. Additional legal resources are also listed under Related Links below.
If your income is too high to qualify for free legal help, reduced cost help may be available here.
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What kinds of issues do we help with?
Volunteers may be able to provide eligible individuals with free legal assistance on a range of civilian legal issues. Referrals for family law issues are done on a very limited basis with the first priority given to cases that affect or result from military service. Other areas of law that we may be able to help with include:
- residential real estate
- consumer finance and bankruptcy
- guardianship (adult or child)
- misdemeanor criminal offenses
- simple wills and powers of attorney
We do not do referrals for personal injury or medical malpractice claims. Other types of legal issues may be considered for referral on a case by case basis depending on the nature of the issue and volunteer availability.
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. Additional legal resources are also listed under Related Links below.
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).