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Other Lawyers for Dakota County Residents

Programs with Free Lawyers

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) is another civil legal aid program that helps with government programs such as welfare (MFIP), food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security Disability, SSI, Unemployment Compensation and Veteran's Benefits. It helps with landlord/tenant problems for tenants such evictions, shuts off of utilities such as gas or electricity, refusal to return a security deposit or failure to make necessary repairs. This office also handles a few other cases such as education law, migrant law and homelessness. The telephone Intake number for new clients is 651-222-4731.

Minnesota Disability Law Center

The Minnesota Disability Law Center provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities on legal issues that are related to their disabilities. The new client intake number is 612-334-5970.

Minnesota AIDS Project

The Minnesota AIDS Project provides direct representation or consultation provided to low-income people with AIDS if legal issue stems directly from an individual’s HIV status or directly impacts the health of an individual with HIV disease. Call 612-373-AIDS.

Minnesota Public Defender’s Office - Criminal Matters

The Minnesota Public Defender’s Office provides free lawyers, appointed by the court, in criminal matters. If you are low income and are charged with a crime, ask the judge for appointment of a public defender at your very first court appearance. The telephone number for the office of the public defender in the First Judicial District, which included Dakota County, is 651-480-0122.

Volunteer Lawyers Network

The Volunteer Lawyers Network provides volunteer attorneys only for bankruptcy cases and some criminal expungment cases for Dakota County low-income people. The new client intake number is 612-752-6677. (They also provide volunteer attorneys for some civil cases for low-income people in Hennepin County.)

Lawyers in Private Practice

Our office, Legal Assistance of Dakota County, provides names of attorneys who practice in Dakota County in any area of law. Call 952-431-3200.

You can also check out the Minnesota State Bar Association's www.mnfindalawyer.com, which has a referral service for attorneys throughout the state.