Homeowners facing a foreclosure suit can get free help at a walk-in legal clinic offered tomorrow by sponsors including the Dane County Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce.

Known as Foreclosure Answer Clinics, the sessions are the first and third Thursday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 354 of Madison's City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

(See a more in-depth story I wrote for the State Journal about the clinics http://host.madison.com/wsj/business/article_17865438-2295-11e0-b305-001cc4c002e0.html"> here.)

Staffed by volunteer lawyers and UW-Madison law students, the clinics provide homeowners in foreclosure with basic legal information.

Attendees can get help drafting the formal response they must file with the court within 20 calendar days of receiving their initial lawsuit papers.

Homeowners should bring their court summons and complaint, plus any other important paperwork, with them to the clinic.

The Foreclosure Answer Clinic is a collaborative effort of the Dane County Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce, the Dane County Bar Association and the UW Law School, with grant funding provided by the State Bar of Wisconsin and other support provided by Dane County.

 If you need more help, or just want to learn more about foreclosure in Dane County, be sure to check out the taskforce website. It offers explanatory material, practical tips and online resources.

Also see the PDF attached to this entry with a brief explanation of each of the task force's foreclosure-fighting programs and resources.

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