The Calumet County Corporation Counsel works solely for Calumet County and does not give legal advice to the general public, including other municipalities and businesses.
If you need the advice of an attorney, please contact the Wisconsin Bar Association's Lawyer Search hotline at 800-362-9082 or visit the Wisconsin Bar Association website for assistance.
Duties of the Corporation Counsel
Wisconsin Statute 59.42(1)(c) states that "the duties of the corporation counsel shall be limited to civil matters and may include giving legal opinions to the board and its committees and interpreting the powers and duties of the board and county officers."
In addition to representing Calumet County in all civil matters in which the County may be involved, the Calumet County Corporation Counsel also:
- Represents the State of Wisconsin / Calumet County Child Support Agency in the establishment of paternity, child support orders, modification of child support orders, contempt proceedings for failure to pay child support, and medical insurance orders. The Corporation Counsel does not represent the interest of either parent at any of these proceedings.
- Represents the Health and Human Services Department for the establishment of guardianships (WI Chapter 54) and protective services and placements (WI Chapter 55).
- Represents the Health and Human Services Department for the establishment of involuntary alcohol commitments under Wisconsin Statute §51.45.
- Is statutorily responsible under Wisconsin Statute §51.20(4) to represent the interests of the public in involuntary mental health commitments under Wisconsin Statute §51.20.
- Represents the Health and Human Services Department in Children in Need of Protection and Services cases (WI Chapter 48).
- Represents the Health and Human Services Department in Termination of Parental Rights cases (WI Chapter 48).
- Prosecutes County Ordinance violations, e.g. zoning, sanitary, and health.
- Provides formal and informal legal opinions to County Departments, the County Administrator and the County Board.