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Having a lawyer help you make legal decisions can protect you from future problems and stop you from doing something that can't be undone. Hiring a lawyer may be more affordable than you think.

Legal Advice Clinics

Legal Advice Clinics
Get a free consult with a volunteer attorney
in Hennepin County.

You can find a lawyer by getting referrals from Bar Associations, community agencies, friends, employers, religious advisers, and other people you trust.There are different ways to pay for legal services, so when you first meet with a lawyer, you should talk about their fees, and put any fee agreement in writing.

You may be able to hire an attorney for a "limited scope" or "unbundled" service. This means that the attorney will work on a specific task for you, and you do not have to hire her for the entire case. You only pay a fee for that specific task. For example, the attorney could review your court papers, go to court with you, or give you her expert opinion about your legal rights and options.

Depending on the type of case, you may be able to hire an attorney on a "contingency fee" basis. This means that the attorney will represent you in the case, but you do not pay a fee for the legal services. Usually, the lawyer only gets paid if you succeed in your case and the payment comes from money awarded to you in the case.

People with low income may qualify for free or low-cost legal services. See LawHelpMN.org to find legal aid offices and other legal services programs in Minnesota.

Attorney Referrals

Full &
Reduced Fee
MN State Bar Association - online lawyer referral service, offering free initial 30-minute consultations with a Minnesota lawyer. website
Hennepin County Bar Association
Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS); Low-Fee Family Law Project; Misdemeanor Defense Project; and more...
Low Income Only Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN)
VLN offers legal help to people with low incomes in civil cases, such as housing, bankruptcy, family law, expungement, and debt collection. To find out if you qualify, complete a Client Intake by phone or online.
Phone: (612)752-6677
Hours: 9:00a - 1:00p Mon., Wed., & Thur.
Online: Client Intake Form

Red de Abogados Voluntarios
La Red de Abogados Voluntatios (Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) en inglés) arregla citas entre personas de bajos recursos y abogados voluntarios que ofrecen servicios gratuitos asociados con varias áreas de la ley, incluyendo asuntos civiles, de vivienda, inmigración, familia, bancarrota e otros. Su área de servicio generalmente es el Condado de Hennepin, pero para algunos tipos de casos como bancarrota, inmigración, y “federal pro se,” trabajan con personas de todo el estado de Minnesota.
Tel.: (651)752-6677
Horario: lunes, miercoles, y jueves de las 9:00a - 1:00p
En Linea:
Formulario de Admisión por internet

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid - Minneapolis Office (612)334-5970
Central Minnesota Legal Services (612)334-5970
Criminal Expungement Seminars (Council on Crime & Justice) (612)353-3024
Legal Advice
Clinics &
LawHelpMN.org: Legal Advice Clinics in Minnesota website directory
Legal Rights Center (Criminal and Juvenile)

Legal services on domestic abuse and family law issues in Hennepin, Washington and Ramsey Counties.



Resource Center for Fathers & Families (612)783-4938
University Student Legal Service
(legal representation and advice to eligible students on the Twin Cities campus)
Estate & Elder Law Services - Volunteers of America (MN)
Legal help for seniors and people with disabilities on sliding-scale fee basis. Other clients pay regular private rate.
City of Minneapolis Housing Inspection Services
(landlord-tenant information for
Minneapolis residents)
Community Action for Suburban Hennepin
(rental housing problems; legal advice clinics)
Civil Society
Legal services for victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, and abuse.

Online Legal Resources

MN Court Forms Forms frequently requested by the public are available for marriage dissolution, housing court, conciliation court and other court actions.
MN Courts Self-Help Center
(statewide program)
Educational legal information and tools for people representing themselves in Minnesota District Courts without a lawyer.
Hennepin County Law Library For links to online Minnesota Statutes (laws), Minnesota case law, and numerous other law-related resources.
MN Attorney General's Office For consumer protection information.
ProJusticeMN.org For legal professionals who want to do volunteer legal work for low-income people.

Legal Resources at the Hennepin County Government Center

The Hennepin County Law Library located on floor C-24 of the Government Center is a great resource for people needing to handle a legal matter. It has a full collection of legal resources as well as a special collection of self-help materials. You can ask a Law Librarian for help with legal research via email.

Visit the Hennepin Court Self-Help Center on the skyway level for information on civil law court forms and procedures, FAQs on legal topics and other resources, and brief consultations with volunteer attorneys. NOTE: For family law issues, please visit the Family Court Self-Help Center at 110. S. 4th St, Minneapolis, which offers the Family Law Facilitator Program, forms, written materials, and videos for many family court actions.


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