The State Bar of Wisconsin is here to help you decide where to turn.
Call our toll-free Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) to talk with an experienced legal assistant who's ready to analyze potential legal problems and help you locate the best source for help.
For added convenience, you can access our new Internet service, around the clock, seven days a week.
No matter how you contact us, you can take advantage of three dynamic services: Lawyer Hotline, Lawyer Referral, and Community Referral.
Maybe all you need is general legal information or an answer to a simple legal questions, such as, "What are the procedures for filing in small claims court?" LRIS will make an appointment for a lawyer to call you back, free of charge, within a few days to briefly discuss your question with you.
When appropriate, we can refer you to a lawyer in your geographic area or elsewhere in Wisconsin who can provide expertise in dealing with your type of legal situation. The first half-hour consultation will cost $20 or less.
When you call to make an appointment, tell the lawyer that you have been referred by LRIS. Be sure to bring all documents and information with you to the first meeting.
In some cases, you'll receive an answer to your problem at the first meeting. If your problem required work beyond the first half-hour, ask the lawyer about fees and payment arrangements. LRIS encourages you to ask for a written fee agreement before you proceed with any legal work beyond the first half-hour consultation.
Maybe you don't need a lawyer. LRIS is familiar with other legal service organizations, government agencies, or community resources that might be able to solve your legal concern. We'll provide you information about resources such as consumer protection, the legislative hotline, low-income legal service, the equal rights division, or other services.