Types of Cases Handled

Not every case will be accepted in the areas listed below, but these are the areas of law where we try to serve as many clients as possible.  For some matters, Portage County Legal Aid Society, Inc. attorneys only provide advice and printed materials that will enable the client to handle their legal problems on their own. Portage County Legal Aid Society, Inc. cannot help with criminal cases.


Family Law 

  • Divorce
  • Post Judgment Disputes
  • Paternity
  • Domestic Abuse Restraining orders Visitation Issues
  • Welfare Benefits in Family Court Proceedings
  • Some Domestic Violence Issues
  • Some Child Support Collection

Housing Law

  • Tenants’ Rights
  • Rights of Residents in Government Subsidized Housing
  • Homestead Foreclosure

Public Benefits Law

  • Unemployment benefits
  • Fuel Assistance
  • Food Stamps
  • Medicaid Assistance
  • Limited Help with Veterans Benefits
  • Social Security, Medicare

Consumer and Utility Law

  • Shut Off Rights/Procedures
  • Debtors Rights

Disabled and Dependent Rights Law

  • Limited Help

Small Claims Matters

  • Explanation of Procedures only

Drivers License Reinstatement


Pro Se Divorce Help

  • Explanation of procedures in a divorce case and assistance with obtaining and filling out forms required

Types of cases not handled

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