Legal Assistance of Dakota County, Ltd. (LADC) is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides free legal advice, brief services, and full representation to low-income people in some CIVIL LEGAL cases.
Our staff and volunteer attorneys focus primarily on FAMILY LAW cases because families are the building blocks of our community. Case types include:
We also assist with some ABUSE cases:
To access our services, please call us at 952-431-3200 or start an online intake HERE.
Please include case details and court file numbers if available.
If you are seeking general legal information, or need civil legal services help outside of Dakota County, go to LawHelpMN.org or call 888-696-6529 (877-MY-MN-LAW).
We also run the Dakota County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Line, which provides referrals to local private attorneys for a variety of legal issues. These attorneys set their own rates and fees.
In partnership with the Dakota County Law Library, the Dakota County Court, 360 Communities, and Dakota County Community Services, LADC offers a number of legal advice clinics.
If you have a general family law question or need advice about a specific issue, you can sign up for a free 30 minute appointment with a volunteer attorney through the Dakota County Law Library. Issues covered include: divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, domestic abuse, orders for protection, and third party custody.
Call (651) 438-8080 or (952) 891-7135 to sign up. You can also sign up HERE.
If you have a question about consumer law, you can sign up for a free 30 minute appointment with a volunteer attorney. Issues covered include: debt collection and garnishment, small claims (conciliation) court, judgments, bankruptcy, credit reports, and warranties.
Call (952) 431-3200 to sign up.
If you are facing eviction, you will have the opportunity to meet with the 360 Communities Housing Support Staff and attorneys from LADC or Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) at your hearing. We recommend that you call 360 Communities to talk to their Housing Support Team at 952-985-5300 as soon as you receive your summons with a court date.