Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) provides free legal help in twenty-two northwest Minnesota counties. Only people with low-incomes and issues critical to daily life receive services through LSNM. LSNM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Depending on the issue, LSNM may give legal advice, review court papers, assist in drafting paperwork, mediate, negotiate, litigate, and/or represent at an administrative law or district court hearing.
To apply for free legal help, you may call or walk into any of our offices or apply online.
General office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the summer, all offices close at 3 p.m. on Fridays. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, you may also call from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cases We Take
-Are you being threatened or harassed by a creditor or debt collector?
-Is your paycheck or bank account being garnished?
-Have your utilities been shut off?
-Does your child have a disability and need an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?
-Has your child been wrongfully disciplined, suspended or expelled?
-Have you been denied unemployment benefits?
-Is your criminal history preventing you from getting a job?
-Do you have questions about your custody or parenting time rights?
-Are you or your child scared of a family member?
-Need help understanding court papers?
-Need to file for divorce?
-Have you been asked to move or served eviction papers?
-Have you been locked out of your rental housing or have repair issues?
-Are you facing foreclosure or contract for deed cancellation?
-Have you been denied subsidized housing?
-Do you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation?
-Is someone physically harming or threatening to harm you or your child?
-Are you or your child being harassed?
Public Assistance and Disability Benefits
-Confused about your food support, medical assistance, or other public assistance?
-Have you been denied necessary medical care?
-Are you unable to work because of a disability?
-Do you need a simple will, power of attorney, or health care directive?
To qualify for free civil legal aid, your household income must be at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). You may be eligible for a waiver if your income is less than 200% of FPG in certain situations. If your income is at or below 200% of FPG and you have a critical civil legal issue, you are encouraged to apply.