Out of luck: Need a rural family law attorney?
Kornblum, Lori S.
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SUMMARY At first glance, it might seem that Wisconsin has an abundance of lawyers. But a closer look shows that while some parts of the state have ample legal services, many locations do not. Wisconsin is one of many states in which residents of rural areas have very limited access to lawyers, at least to lawyers whose offices are within easy travel distance.--- The shortage of lawyers is especially concerning for individuals seeking help with a divorce or other family law matter, given that these matters are common, sometimes arise on short notice, and often involve heightened emotions. Waiting for an opening with a local lawyer or driving a long distance to consult one with immediate availability might be impossible in these circumstances.--- This article breaks down Wisconsin’s rural lawyer-shortage problem and explains some of the continuing effects. The authors then discuss potential solutions, focusing on the possibilities of “telelawyer” services: the use of video-conferencing technology to connect clients who live in rural areas with lawyers whose offices are located elsewhere.
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