Everyone should have the power to safeguard their legal rights and liberties. Everyone should be able to access to fair solutions to life-altering legal problems.
But in our complex system, people who can't afford an attorney are often shut out of justice. This threatens their safety, income, and independence.
Did you know there is no guarantee of an attorney in most matters of civil law — nearly everything besides being accused of a criminal violation? It's harder for people without legal assistance to escape domestic violence, correct wrongful denial of health coverage, or surmount technicalities (like those caused by long-ago misdemeanors) that keep them from working.
Ultimately, this has an economic impact on the whole community.
In addition, there is an impact on the judicial system. Our legal system is highly technical. When people "go it alone" without attorneys, their cases move slowly and create court backlogs. Judges also have a harder time getting the information they need to make a decision everyone feels confident about.
WisTAF exists to address these issues.