Small Claims Assistance Program

The Dane County Bar Association and University of Wisconsin Law School’s Pro Bono Project are proud to announce the redesign of tthe Small Claims Assistance Project (SCAP). The clinics will operate virtually, allowing Dane County residents to make appointments with a lawyer or paralegal for information and guidance. SCAP clinics will the third Friday of every month.

The clinics will be held virtually, using Zoom. At the clinic, volunteer lawyers will meet individually with people via Zoom for a consult for up to an hour. Information, forms, and limited legal advice may be provided but no legal representation is available. The attorney volunteers will be assigned specific dates and the U.W. Law students will make and facilitate the appointments. Appointments can be made by emailing dcba.uwlegalclinics@gmail.com or by calling 608-618-2970.

What kind of assistance will SCAP provide?

The volunteers of the Small Claims Assistance Program are here to help you.  SCAP offers assistance with all small claims issues, including:

• landlord / tenant

• contract disputes

• wage claims

•  enforcement of small claims judgments

SCAP can help you start a small claims case or with a case that is already started. We provide assistance to both plaintiffs and defendants in all small claims actions.

Free forms

Get the forms needed to start a small claims action, as well as almost all other forms needed to complete a small claims action online at:

https://courts.countyofdane.com/prepare/formSmallClaims

SCAP volunteers can help you fill out the small claims forms and answer questions about small claims court procedures. The volunteers can provide legal information that can help organize and prepare you to handle your Small Claims case as smoothly as possible. Volunteers can give brief and limited legal advice during your time at the clinic. Attorney cannot recommend a specific lawyer to you.

The volunteers can also guide you to community or other legal resources that might be helpful.

Remember:

• The Small Claims Assistance Program is intended for people without attorneys.