Wisconsin Legal Assistance for Military Personnel

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Legal Assistance for Military Personnel  

Our Legal Assistance for Military Personnel program offers a limited number of referrals to volunteer attorneys and we also provide access to other legal resources for eligible 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 any applicable income requirements. 

Generally, free legal assistance is only available to households that qualify as low income.. If your income is too high to qualify for free legal help, reduced cost assistance may be available. You can ask a civil legal question about Wisconsin law anytime at Wisconsin Free Legal Answers​

Be sure to check the legal resources listed under Other Resources below.

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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 some 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:

  • tenant-landlord
  • residential real estate
  • consumer finance and bankruptcy
  • guardianship (adult or child)
  • employment
  • misdemeanor criminal offenses
  • simple wills and powers of attorney

We do not do referrals to volunteers for family law (custody, placement, divorce), VA benefits, 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. But first, please review the additional legal resources listed under Other Resources below.

Other Important Information

Volunteers work with low income service members on civilian legal issues only. Our volunteers do not handle issues related to military law, 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 many instances, we may only be able to provide a referral to another resource.