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Looking For Legal Help?

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) provides free legal help to low-income individuals in twenty-two northwest Minnesota counties. 

Call 1-800-450-8585 to see if you are eligible for services if you live in one of the following counties: Becker, Beltrami, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin.

Interpreters provided upon request.

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Do I Qualify For Free Legal Help?

Generally, people with household incomes at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines qualify for free civil legal aid. An individual’s available assets must also fall within the asset ceiling.

All eligible clients are provided a free initial consultation with either a legal staff member or a Judicare attorney. The type of service provided depends upon the legal problem the individual is facing. Many clients are helped by immediate advice on their problem, including things they can do themselves to address or solve the problem. A variety of written materials and brochures are available to assist them with self-help remedies. Some issues may be resolved through a phone call from an attorney, or basic negotiation. Other times, LSNM will provide full representation at an administrative hearing or court hearing.

How To Contribute


To more fully meet the needs in this area, we rely on Partners in Justice who give generously.


We are always in need of attorneys, mediators, and law students willing to share their talents.

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What Our Clients Say

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Thank you so much for everything. You guided me though this lengthy process. This whole thing was obviously very tough on me. But you have my gratitude for all the work you've done. Thank you so much!

- Mike*

I am so thankful for all the hard work Sherry and the team at Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota put in to help secure my disability decision. I have and will continue to share this good news with people who have their own story that needs a good ending.

- Steve

Because of the hard work, long hours, and dedication of my attorney I feel as though this was a win for me. I didn't get everything I wanted and it didn't go 100% my way but I don't know anyone who does "win" a divorce. Once everything had been decided and all was said and done, I felt great about the outcome.

- Barbara*

If not for your hard work, I would be starting over with absolutely nothing. What you do for your clients changes lives.

- Farah*

My attorney was patient with me. He gave he more chances than I deserved. He also know how strenuous my life is and how badly I needed his representation. He was thorough and always made sure we were always prepared for any scenario that could have been thrown our way. I will be forever grateful to everyone at Legal Services who worked on my case.

- Krystal*

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COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance

 RentHelpMN is accepting applications from renters across Minnesota that need assistance with their rent and/or utility bills.

Click the button below to apply!

Behind on rent and/or utilities? You may be eligible for help!

Have you been served eviction paperwork?

Call us NOW at 1-800-450-8585 or click the button below to apply online!

LSNM offices are now open!

Masks are required in our offices. If you have been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call us at 1-800-450-8585

for assistance or to schedule an appointment.

Walk-In and most Self-Help Clinics are still closed to the public at this time. 

For additional help and resources, please call 2-1-1 or

1-800-543-7709, text your zip code to 898-211*, or visit: 

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