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"Empowering people to meet their critical legal needs."

Looking For Legal Help?

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

If you live in or have a case venued in Minnesota, call
1-877-MY-MN-LAW (1-877-696-6529) to see if you are eligible for services.

Applications are taken from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

LSNM serves 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.

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.

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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