Legal Resources

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Legal Assistance

Free Legal Clinic Back at our Downtown Location at 400 Eau Claire Street effective September 2022. 

The Eau Claire County Bar’s Free Legal Clinic is offered on the third Wednesday of every month at the library from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Please arrive early to ensure your spot. If you have any questions, please contact Information & Reference staff at 715-839-5004.

Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics
The Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics (MVLC) provide free brief legal advice and referral services. The clinics are staffed by volunteer law students and attorneys. Download the flyer for the clinic serving rural Wisconsinites (Northern, Central, and Western Wisconsin) which details how to make an appointment. The clinics cannot assist with employment discrimination and criminal law matters.

Wisconsin Judicare
Free or low-cost legal assistance for those that meet the eligibility requirements.  Toll free telephone assistance available by calling (800) 472-1638.

Wisconsin Free Legal Answers
A free website for low-income people who cannot afford a lawyer. You can use this site to get free brief legal advice from volunteer lawyers when you have non-criminal legal questions. You will receive an email notification when a lawyer responds to your question on the website. Click the orange “Get Started” button to begin the process.

State Bar of Wisconsin Free and Reduced Fee Services

As a public service, the State Bar works with a number of organizations, volunteer attorneys, and government agencies to provide information about lower-cost legal options and resources for Wisconsin residents. Most programs have an application process and eligibility requirements that must be met. Highlighted resources include:

I Need a Lawyer!

If you need help with a legal issue, the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) is a good place to start. You can search for an attorney through our website, or you can speak to a legal assistant by calling (800) 362-9082.

Modest Means Referral Service

The Modest Means Program of the State Bar of Wisconsin assists people whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but too low to pay a lawyer’s standard rate. Click here for more information and to apply.

Lawyer Hotline

If you are looking for general legal information or an answer to a simple legal question, you may be able to get help through the hotline. The State Bar’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) will make an appointment for a lawyer to call you back, free of charge, within a few days to briefly discuss your question.

Legal Forms

Divorce Forms
A guide to divorce and legal separation in Wisconsin and takes you through a series of questions, filling in the forms necessary for divorce and legal separation.

Small Claims Forms
Designed to guide you through the process of filing a small claims legal claim in Wisconsin.

Records and Archives

Sex Offender Registry
Search by name or geographic location.

Wisconsin Circuit Court Records
Search court records by name or case number.

Wisconsin Law Archive
Archival versions of the Wisconsin Constitution, statutes, acts, and other session-related data.

Wisconsin State Law Library
Information on popular legal topics. Wisconsin State Law librarians are available for research assistance.

Free Legal Research Materials

Nolo’s Free Dictionary of Law Terms and Legal Definitions
Find plain-English definitions for legal terms by browsing Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.

Black’s Law Dictionary
Features Black’s Law Dictionary, Free Online Legal Dictionary, 2nd Ed.

Findlaw Legal Dictionary
The FindLaw Legal Dictionary provides free access to over 8,200 definitions of legal terms. Search for a definition or browse its legal glossaries. Many of the entries are sourced from Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law (1996).

Glossary of Legal Terms
A browsable glossary of commonly used legal terms from the U.S. Courts.

Online Legal Information Resources by the American Association of Law Libraries
A guide to free online primary legal materials, organized by state. The guide includes information on state session laws, statutory codes, registers, administrative codes, and court opinions. Also included is information on state and local public law libraries.