Intake, Information and Resources
The Legal Aid Society will continue to provide free assistance to qualifying individuals with Advanced Directives and Basic Estate Planning during the COVID-19 pandemic. To request assistance, complete an online intake form and someone will contact you by phone. We will do our best to meet the needs of eligible individuals who request services. Please keep in mind that some Legal Aid Society attorneys are working remotely and have reduced case capacity, so response time may be delayed.
Free or low-cost self-help resources are available:
Free Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Living Will forms and instructions are available from the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services website. Forms are available in English, Spanish, Hmong and Vietnamese. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forms/advdirectives/index.htm
Information about advanced directives can be found here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/guide/end-life-planning.htm
When creating a power of attorney, it is very important to pick an agent that you trust. Please be sure to read through and follow all of the instructions before signing any power of attorney or living will as you are creating a legal document. Be sure that you sign the document in front of two disinterested witnesses, which means (in part) no family members or health care providers can be witnesses. You can revoke these documents at any time.
Wisconsin Basic Will
It is important to consider whether you will need a will to pass on your property, especially if you own a home, pension or have other assets, like a savings account or valuables. It is recommended that you seek the advice of an attorney to determine what type of planning best suits your needs. However, free information about basic estate planning questions can be found on the State Bar of Wisconsin website: https://www.wisbar.org/forpublic/ineedinformation/pages/wills-estate-planning.aspx
You can find a basic will form in Wisconsin Statute 853.55 available at this link: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/853/II/55
Low cost basic will forms can be purchased online from Wisconsin Legal Blank for $15.95. https://wilegalblank.com/collections/wills
The above information and referrals are for general information purposes only and not intended to be legal advice or representation.