Ho-Chunk Nation collaborates with Wisconsin Judicare

By HCN Attorney General Amanda L. WhiteEagle

For the past several years, Wisconsin Judicare has offered a Wills Caravan for Ho-Chunk Nation tribal members.  The collaboration has been wildly successful.  Judicare estimates that approximately 300 wills have been drafted for the benefit of the tribal membership.  Many individuals do not have a will.  Whether this is due to cultural beliefs, the fear of unreasonable attorney fees, or a lack of understanding, the lack of a will may cause consequences.  Mainly, the inability to distribute property or assets as the individual would have wished, or if the individual has children, the inability to have selected an appropriate guardian or guardians for his or her minor children. 
Judicare Indian Law Office Manager Howard Bichler notes that Columbia Law Students provide the service to tribal clients throughout the State of Wisconsin during their respective spring break.  Attorney Bichler states, “Wisconsin Judicare is proud to offer this service to all Wisconsin tribal nations each year.  Judicare is thankful for the Ho-Chunk Nation Office of the President and the departments of Business, Administration, and Justice for their donation of both space and in-kind services.”  This year, Wisconsin Judicare and the Columbia Law Students will have sessions available in Black River Falls and Nekoosa.  The Wills Caravan begins in Black River Falls on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the new District 1 Community Center, and the next day the Wills Caravan will be on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Ho-Chunk Gaming-Nekoosa at the Banquet Hall.  For more information, please contact Wisconsin Judicare at (715) 842-1681 or toll free at (800) 472-1638.