Free or Lower-Cost Legal Services - Civil
If you have a lower income, you may qualify for free or lower-cost legal services, including full representation. The following is a list of various resources for free or lower-cost legal services available statewide.
Offers a statewide online directory to search for free or lower-cost civil legal services based on your location and/or legal issue. You can choose the LawHelpMN Guide
to go through a short interview and get legal information and referrals or search providers and clinics
MN Unbundled Law Project through the MN State Bar Association:
Offers a directory of lawyers who offer “unbundled” legal services (also known as “limited scope services”). “Unbundled” means that the lawyer will work on a specific task for you, and you would only pay a fee for that specific task instead of hiring them for the entire case. For example, the lawyer could review your court papers, go to court with you, or give you their expert opinion about your legal rights and options.
: Offers legal advice and advocacy in situations of domestic and sexual violence, which can also include sexual harassment, stalking, and human trafficking. Attorneys can answer legal questions about things like protective orders, family law, immigration, employment, housing, education, harassment, criminal, civil suits, and child protection.
Offers free legal help for lower-income small businesses & non-profits.
MN Disability Law Center:
Offers free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities statewide, regardless of age or income, on legal issues related to their disabilities.
Estate and Elder Law Service (Volunteers of America MN):
Offers reduced rate legal services. Areas of law include trusts, estate planning, probate, powers of attorney, health care directives, supportive decision making, guardianship, conservatorship, medical assistance planning, and some real estate.
The Volunteers of America hosts a virtual guardianship clinic the first Wednesday of every month from 12-2 p.m. for individuals in all MN counties. Social workers and attorneys are available to talk with families about guardianship, supported decision making, and other less restrictive alternatives to guardianship. No appointments are needed, but please complete a registration form
to help with planning.
The Volunteers of America MN's Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making
offers a Guardianship Information Line as a free resource for families, individuals, and professionals to consult with a guardianship specialist about Supported Decision Making and other less restrictive alternatives as well as guardianship.