The Legal Aid Society of Door County, Inc. (LAS) assists applicants with many kinds of legal problems, including:
Government Benefits like Social Security, Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income benefits, and others
Family law cases including divorce, annulment, legal separation, child custody, child support, and adoption
Estate planning including wills, health care powers of attorney, living wills, and financial powers of attorney
Financial problems including credit problems, bankruptcy, and foreclosure
LAS cannot assist applicants with personal injury cases because private attorneys often take those cases on contingency. Also, LAS cannot offer assistance with criminal, traffic, or juvenile cases. The Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office can help with these cases. Please see Other Resources for additional assistance options.
LAS offers services based on residency in Door County. Eligibility is also based on the financial resources of the applicant and his or her household. Eligibility is based on the federal government’s poverty level, which is adjusted annually. However, there are some exceptions – especially for people who are working and for domestic violence victims. Applicants will be asked about their household income and assets. All of the assets and income held by the applicant and members of his or her household are considered. Applicants who are denied service are provided with information about our appeal process.
LAS tries to locate volunteer attorneys to assist all eligible applicants. Sometimes it is not possible to connect an applicant with an available attorney; LAS maintains a waiting list for eligible clients in those circumstances. On occasion, LAS is unable to provide a volunteer attorney to eligible applicants because of the overwhelming need for legal services in our community.
To fill out an application online, click here.
You may also download our brochure there.
Sunny MacLachlan is our Contract Attorney and assists LAS by confidentially screening applicants for eligibility. She provides information about how the legal system works, counseling alternatives, and finds volunteer lawyers to help those who need the assistance of pro bono counsel.
Sunny MacLachlan previously was the Director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at the John Marchall Law School in Chicago for several years. She also taught course in International Negotiation and Mediation.
We wish to send sincere thanks to David Clowers, our previous LAS Contract Attorney, for his 15 years
of dedicated service to our community.