For Parents

Why Will My Student Need Legal Help?

For parents who did not attend college:

This is an exciting time for you and your new college student and you are in great company. The university’s report to it’s stakeholders in 2013 identified 28.6% of students as first-generation college students*. We are here to help you and your student navigate the legal unknowns associated with being at a large university!

For parents who did attend college:

You may remember feeling invincible (OK, maybe also a bit overwhelmed) as you began this period of your life, and chances are that your new Husky feels the same way. Although most UW students are 18 or older and thus legally adults, they may not be aware of responsibilities that come with their new independence.

Either way:

For over four decades, UW Student Legal Services has assisted student’s legal problems that can disrupt their lives and prevent them from achieving their full potential while in school. In addition, we seek to educate students about their rights in an increasingly complex world. Every year we learn more about ourselves and the students we serve and each one of us is proud to be part of the Husky family.

Here Are Some of the Areas where UW SLS Can Help:

Landlord/Tenant Issues

  • Reviewing leases (Preferably before they are signed)
  • Assisting with problems that arise during tenancy
  • Documenting adverse conditions to protect tenants interests
  • Recovering security deposits upon move-out
  • Communicating with appropriate authorities

Consumer Problems

  • Identity theft
  • Consumer debt
  • Contract disputes
  • Auto/bike/pedestrian accidents
  • Auto purchases and repair
  • Property loss
  • Defective products and/or services

Student Life

  • Employment issues
  • Family law (Contested or not-contested)
  • Criminal (Misdemeanor)
  • Domestic abuse
  • Power of attorney
  • Name changes
  • Wills, trusts, and estates
  • Health care directives
  • Immigration (Case by case basis)
  • Notary public