Last updated: December 13, 2013
Appleton's quality of life for its residents is something we are proud of. With excellent schools and libraries, natural beauty, and low crime, what's not to love?
In the event, however, that any of us runs into legal trouble, it can be hard finding help that doesn’t deliver a heavy blow to the pocketbook. Thankfully, FindLaw has the following directory of free or low cost legal services for local residents. These services can help you resolve your issues even if you don’t have the money for a high-priced lawyer. Take a look at the list below and see if any of the organizations or services might be able to help with the issue you’ve encountered.
Self Help and Other Resources
Our Wisconsin Court System also does its part to make sure that each citizen has at least some resources to navigate the legal system without a lawyer. The court has an online self-help law center. Visitors may select specific issues relevant to their individual cases. In addition, the Wisconsin Supreme Court publishes and updates a directory of self-help legal resources, organized by county.
If you’ve checked with Appleton-area legal aid providers, and you cannot find the services that you need, consider looking elsewhere in Wisconsin. See FindLaw’s legal aid pages for Madison and Milwaukee.
This organization offers several types of mediation services at a cost that may be lower than the cost of traditional litigation. The Oshkosh office is not too far away from Appleton. In addition, the foreclosure mediation services are specifically directed at several counties in the Appleton-area. For information on the Winnebago County Courthouse, see FindLaw’s page on Appleton-area courthouses.
Legal Action’s Oshkosh office serves Winnebago County and is less than a half hour away from Appleton. The organization provides assistance with assorted civil law matters. You can view a list of its legal practices online.
The LRIS can help you figure out if you even need a lawyer to begin with. Call the service, and an agent will help determine the true nature of your issue. You will then receive a referral to an area attorney who will charge $20 at most for a 30 minute consultation.
The State Bar has a program for individuals who do not qualify for free legal services but who still cannot afford a private attorney. The program tries to match clients with attorneys who agree to reduce their billing rate to an affordable level. To apply, fill out an application and mail it to the above P.O. Box.