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    News Release July 2002: Eau Claire Attorneys Assist Area Seniors

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    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 planning.

    "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

    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 legal system.