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Wisconsin Consumer Resources

If you’re living in Wisconsin and are looking for state resources, look no further. We have compiled a list of helpful links that will aide in your search. Whether you’re looking for state agencies, legal resources, educational, financial, health, or employment-related sites, you can find links on them here.

Below is a summary of what each link has to offer. Any necessary contact information is also provided.

STATE AGENCIES

Attorney General –The Attorney General’s office in Wisconsin is dedicated to protecting consumers and families. You can read more about the victim services and protection. Get information on law enforcement and press releases. You can also visit the consumer links to file complaints. You can contact the Department of Justice at 608-266-1221.

Commissioner of Insurance – The commissioner’s position is to protect consumers by ensuring that insurance companies are providing affordable services and operating within the legal requirements of Wisconsin. You can conduct a search on an insurance company or agent. Learn about funds allocated to the commissioner’s office. You can contact the office at (608) 266-3585.

Public Service Commission – This commission is dedicated to protecting utilities consumers, and ensuring that companies are providing safe and affordable services and operating within Wisconsin law. You can search cases or the event calendar. Read press releases and ways to conserve. You can also file a complaint.

LEGAL RESOURCES

Small Claims Court – You can get all the basics before you pursue your small claims court case here. View statutes and where you can sue. Read about attorney requirements and court cost limits. You can also read about the special provisions in Wisconsin law.

Lemon Law – Get information on Wisconsin’s lemon laws here. Read about the requirements your vehicle must meet to be considered a lemon. You can also read our interview with an advisor at the Attorney General’s office for a step-by-step process on what to do.

EDUCATION

Wisconsin Education – Get information on the educational system of Wisconsin through this source. Read about what different boards are doing or get information on any school in the State. You can view colleges and universities in the area as well.

HEALTH

Department of Health Services – Get general health information from this Wisconsin department. Learn about disability assistance programs, BadgerCare Plus, and FoodShare. Get senior citizen help through this site and learn more about Medicaid. You can also report public assistance fraud at 1-877-865-3432.

SAFETY

Identity Protection – Get information on what you can do to keep your identity protected through this website. Get tips on different methods people use to hack identities. Learn how to manage your accounts so it doesn’t happen to you.

EMPLOYMENT

Wisconsin Employment – Your next job is right at the tip of your fingers. Conduct a general search through this site’s database to discover job opportunities in your area. Search employers and different career industries. You can also post your resume as well.

Contact Wisconsin State & Local Consumer Agencies

State and local consumer protection offices mediate complaints, conduct investigations, prosecute offenders of consumer laws, license and regulate a variety of professionals, promote strong consumer protection legislation, provide educational materials and advocate in the consumer interest. To save time, call the office before sending in a written complaint. Ask if the office handles the type of complaint you have, and if complaint forms are provided.

State Offices
William Oemichen,
Administrator Division of Trade and ConsumerProtection
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
2811 Agriculture Dr., P.O. Box 8911
Madison, WI 53708
608-224-4976
Toll free in WI: 1-800-422-7128
Fax: 608-224-4939

Margaret Quaid, Regional Supervisor
Division of Trade and Consumer Protection
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
3610 Oakwood Hills Parkway
Eau Claire, WI 54701-7754
715-839-3848
Toll free in WI: 1-800-422-7128
Fax: 715-839-1645

Judy Cardin, Regional Supervisor
Division of Trade and Consumer Protection
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
200 North Jefferson Street, Suite 146A
Green Bay, WI 54301
920-448-5110
Toll free in WI: 1-800-422-7128
TDD: 608-224-5058
Fax: 920-448-5118

Elmer Prenzlow, Regional Supervisor
Consumer Protection Regional Office
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
10930 W. Potter Road, Suite C
Milwaukee, WI 53226-3450
414-226-1231
Toll free: 1-800-422-7128

County Offices
Frederic Matestic
Assistant District Attorney
Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Fraud Unit
821 West State Street, Room 412
Milwaukee, WI 53233-2485
414-278-4585
Fax: 414-223-1955

James Dehne
Consumer Fraud Investigator
Racine County Sheriff's Department
717 Wisconsin Avenue
Racine, WI 53403
414-636-3125
Toll free: 1-800-242-4202, ext. 3125
Fax: 414-637-5279

State Banking Regulators

The officials listed below regulate and supervise state-chartered banks. Many of them handle or refer problems and complaints about other types of financial institutions as well. Some also answer general questions about banking and consumer credit. If you are dealing with a federally chartered bank, check the listing of Selected Federal Agencies.

Richard Dean
Secretary, Department of Financial Institutions
345 W. Washington Ave 5th Floor P.O. Box 7876
Madison, WI 53707-7876
608-261-9555
Toll free in WI: 1-800-452-3328
Fax: 608-264-7968
Web site: badger.state.wi.us/agencies/dfi

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State Insurance Regulators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for all types of insurance, including car, homeowner and health insurance. The officials listed below enforce these laws. Many of these offices can provide you with information to help you make informed insurance buying decisions.

Randy Blumer
Acting Commissioner of Insurance
121 E. Wilson Street (53702)
P.O. Box 7873
Madison, WI 53707-7873
608-266-0103
Toll free in WI: 1-800-236-8517
Fax: 608-261-9935
TDD/TTY toll free: 1-800-947-3529
E-mail: pdavalt@mail.state.wi.us
Web site: badger.state.wi.us/agencies/oci

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