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Making decisions about a legal issue can often have a long-lasting financial impact. Hiring a lawyer to help you may be more affordable than you think, and it may protect you from doing something that cannot be undone. 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
directory
Hennepin County Bar Association
Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS); Low-Fee Family Law Project; Misdemeanor Defense Project; and more...
(612)752-6666
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
(612)752-6677
VLN Servicios Legales en Español (VLN Spanish Legal Services)
La Red de Abogados Voluntarios ofrece este programa. Las personas de bajos recursos que viven en Minnesota pueden hablar con abogados, o por telefono o en persona, y recibir ayuda legal gratuita.
Tel.:  (651)379-4223
Horario:  martes de las 9:00a - 12:00p y 1:00p - 4:00p
(651)379-4223
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 Clinics &
Referrals
  LawHelpMN: Walk-in and Other Legal Help Clinics website directory
Legal Rights Center (Criminal and Juvenile)

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

(612)337-0030

(612)871-0118

Resource Center for Fathers & Families (612)783-4938
University Student Legal Service
(legal representation and advice to eligible students on the Twin Cities campus)
(612)624-1001
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.
(612)676-6300
City of Minneapolis Housing Inspection Services
(landlord-tenant information for
Minneapolis residents)
(612)673-3000
Community Action for Suburban Hennepin
(rental housing problems; legal advice clinics)
(612)933-0017
Civil Society
Legal services for victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, and abuse.
(651)291-8810
     

Online Legal Resources


MN Court Forms and Instructions 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.
LawMoose.com Searchable site for Minnesota legal information and 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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