The Twin Cities has many legal resources for individuals with low or no income. Unfortunately, many low-income individuals who may be in dire need of these services may not have access to them or in many cases aren’t aware they exist. If you or someone you know is in need of legal resources and is struggling financially, check out the links below for assistance.
The following are some prominent legal aid services in the Twin Cities area. If one of the agencies listed below is too busy or unable to assist, don’t be afraid to ask if they have additional resources, recommendations and/or can give you a referral.
In addition, Legal Services State Support coordinates legal services for low-income individuals across different areas of the state of Minnesota. They can be a good starting point if you’re not sure where you need to go.
Legal Assistance Agencies and Legal Resources:
1. Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA)
Mid-MN Legal Aid provides legal assistance for individuals with low-incomes, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Legal areas include Housing Discrimination, Immigration, Senior Law, Tax Law, Youth Law, Family Law, and Disability Law. They mainly serve individuals in the 20 counties of central Minnesota, including Hennepin county, but you can use the website to check for services available in your county and finding an office near you. You can also apply for free legal services online at their website.
The volunteer lawyers network serves individuals throughout Hennepin county in Minnesota, with most of their walk-in clinics located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They provide legal assistance in the following: Bankruptcy, Family Law, Criminal Expungement, Housing Court, Real Estate, Sexual Violence, and Youth Law.
3. Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS)
Legal assistance and legal resources for low-income individuals and senior citizens (60+) with housing-related problems, government benefits, and family law (such as, contested custody, domestic violence, etc…) Language interpretation services are typically available upon request. SMRLS serves the 33 counties of southern Minnesota, including the east and south metro area.
Phone: # 1-888-575-2954
5. Tubman Legal Assistance for Women (L.A.W.)
If you’re a victim of a domestic abuse-related crime, Tubman provides legal advice and referrals for family law matters. They serve individuals throughout Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington county in Minnesota. They also have informational workshops on family law-related topics, such as divorce and a clinic for self-representation. Fees vary based on services, income and availability. Half hour individual appointments are available when scheduled by phone and in advance.
Tubman Center West – 3111 First Avenue South Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408, Phone: # 612-825-3333
Tubman Center East – 1725 Monastery Way Maplewood, Minnesota 55109, Phone: # 651-789-6770
Tubman Chrysalis Center – 4432 Chicago Avenue South Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407, Phone: # 612-871-0118