A Voice for Justice

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Legal Action

Contributor: Christina R. Davis, Managing Attorney at Legal Action

Legal Action of Wisconsin is a United Way Partner Agency that provides free legal advice and representation to low-income clients in civil legal matters. Last year, United Way’s 2-1-1 call center received nearly 1,000 requests for help with legal services, and the need continues to grow. Christina Davis, Managing Attorney at Legal Action shares stories of how they are serving clients in the Fox Cities.
 
In 1968, Legal Action of Wisconsin was founded to provide justice for low-income individuals. Legal Action of Wisconsin serves people with Consumer, Family, Housing, and Public Benefits legal problems. We feel strongly about being able to give a voice to clients that otherwise may not be able to have representation.
 
In Housing Law, we recently helped a Fox Cities tenant avoid eviction, which would have caused her to lose her eligibility for public rental assistance. We are advising another former tenant on how to get her security deposit back from her prior landlord. Both of these issues are very typical of the type of cases we help with. We work closely with Homeless Connections and other organizations in the Fox Cities.

In Family Law, we recently obtained a favorable divorce settlement for a domestic violence victim. The settlement keeps our client and her child safe from her former spouse, who shot a gun into the wall above the child’s head and repeatedly abused his spouse. The former husband has been incarcerated for his abuse. As a result of our advocacy, the child will not be forced to visit his abusive parent during the course of that parent’s incarceration.

In Consumer Law and Public Benefits, we are advising an elderly client who is being denied access to her doctor because of a past due medical bill. We are also researching why the client’s FoodShare benefit was recently reduced, even though she has had no recent changes in income.

We are proud of the successes we have had representing Fox Cities’ residents and we hope to help more people solve their legal problems in the days and weeks to come.