The following "Know Your Rights" guides are intended to give people living with HIV in Wisconsin information about their rights and the many legal issues associated with HIV.  It also is intended to assist Wisconsin social service counselors, health care providers, and attorneys.  To keep things simple, references in this guide to persons living with HIV refer to persons living with HIV and AIDS.  These guides are not legal advice.  Moreover, because the law is constantly changing, information contained in these guides may become outdated.  If you need legal counsel or further information, please contact our legal services department. 

What We Do

Legal Services provides advocacy and legal consultation to people affected by HIV and AIDS in South Central Wisconsin.  We also provide information to individuals and groups with legal questions concerning HIV/AIDS.

Some of our cases are referred to outside attorneys who offer their services for free or at a reduced-rate.  This depends on the nature of the case, the expertise of our staff, current resources, and the availability of outside attorneys.

 Types of Issues

Estate Planning, Landlord/Tenant, Housing, Debtor/Creditor, Bankruptcy, Consumer, confidentiality, Health Benefits, Public Benefits,  Family Law, Civil Law, Civil Rights, and Employment. 

We are unable to accept traffic and criminal matters.  Because of our limited resources, your issue may exceed our ability to assist you, as well as our familiarity in a certain area of law.  If so, we may be able to connect you with a private attorney who can assist you for free or at a reduced-rate.

 Accessing Legal Services

To be eligible for legal services, the following must apply:

  • You must be living with or affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Your net income must be at or below 300% of the US poverty level
  • You must reside in Dane, Rock, Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Juneau, Lafayette, Richland, or Sauk County

 Volunteer Attorney Panel

AIDS Network Legal Services maintains a list of attorneys who are willing to provide legal assistance at either a free or reduced-rate basis.  Please contact us if you are an attorney who wishes to be included on our pro bono panel.