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Legal assistance, resources & information for Anoka County

Anoka County Law Library
(763) 324-5560
2100 3rd Avenue, Suite E130, Anoka, MN 55303
Law library providing clinics for family law and criminal expungement, free access to Westlaw, and access to print legal materials (including Minnesota statutes, rules, court rules, practice guides, and self-help materials). A law librarian is available for reference assistance from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. 

Tenth Judicial District Self-Help Center - Anoka County Courthouse
(763) 760-6699
Anoka County Courthouse, 2100 3rd Avenue, Room C210, Anoka, MN 55303
Self-help center staff are available to provide information and resources Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. You may also submit questions to the self-help center staff via email

Central Minnesota Legal Services (Minneapolis Office)
(612) 332-8151; New Clients: 1-877-696-6529 (1-877-MY-MN-LAW)
111 North 5th Street, Suite 402, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income people in many areas of law including housing, family law, government benefits, domestic abuse, immigration, disability and others.

Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN)
(612) 752-6677 (intake by phone available Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Statewide legal services available for low-income people through a network of legal clinics and volunteer attorneys. Spanish legal services available. Assistance can range from brief advice to screening for full representation depending on income level, county of residence, legal issue, and merits of the case.
Clinic assistance is available for family, civil, housing, immigration, criminal expungement, bankruptcy, LGBTQ+, and youth legal issues. Visit VLN's website for a current clinic schedule.
Phone legal assistance is also available in the following areas:
  • Administrative Law (DHS disqualifications)
  • Bankruptcy (Chapter 7, Adversary Proceedings, Student loan hardship discharge)
  • Civil (Consumer, Debtor-Creditor)
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Landlord-tenant
  • Real Estate
  • Immigration
  • Tax (State and Federal, once legal aid has declined to assist)

Minnesota State Law Library
(651) 297-7651
Get help finding legal information
Room G25, Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155
Our librarians can help you find legal information, court forms, and other materials by phone, email, or in person. In addition, we offer two clinics for those working on appeals: General Appeals Self-Help Clinic - held on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  This is a brief advice clinic for people who are representing themselves. There is no income-qualification required for attendance. Unemployment Appeal Legal Advice Clinic - service for people who have already had a hearing with the Unemployment Law Judge and have also requested reconsideration and it has been denied. You can attend the clinic to get advice about how to proceed with an appeal to the Court of Appeals. Clinics held on the 2nd Thursday of the month and 4th Thursday of the month. Appointments are required. Probate Clinic - brief advice on the 1st Thursday of the month for people seeking help with a Minnesota probate issue. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit our website.  

Minnesota Courts Self-Help Centers
Forms, videos and other information for individuals representing themselves in court. 

Legal Advice Clinics
Directory of legal clinics and Self-Help Centers across the state. 

Anoka County Bar Association Lawyer Referral
Free online directory of lawyers practicing in Anoka County.

Minnesota State Bar Association Lawyer Referral
Free online lawyer search and referral service. 

Minnesota Lawyer Referral and Information Service (MNLRIS)
(612) 752-6699
MNLRIS connects persons with legal issues to one of over 200 qualified private attorneys practicing in over 50 areas of law. Referral counselors are available who can set up appointments with attorneys, provide general information about the legal process, and direct people to appropriate legal resources. MNLRIS is sponsored by the Hennepin and Ramsey County Bar Associations.

Minnesota Lawyer Referral and Information Service (MNLRIS) Reduced Fee Program
(612) 752-6699
The Reduced Fee Program provides full representation for a reduced fee to clients for most legal issues. Eligible clients are financially over-income for free legal services, but cannot afford the traditional fees of private attorneys. A private attorney is one that you pay to represent you. A referral Counselor helps you determine if you qualify for this service. Attorneys are located in the Twin City metro area.

Justice Buses
Justice Buses are mobile legal aid offices that will travel to rural areas, bringing with them the ability to meet in person or obtain legal information so clients can stay close to home.

Legal Kiosk Project
The Minnesota Legal Services Coalition has legal kiosks in community locations throughout the state to provide access to legal aid services to individuals without access to wifi or technology. The kiosks offer the public the ability to apply for civil legal aid services, access legal resources, and in some cases, attend remote court hearings in privacy. Anyone can use the computer at one of these legal kiosks free of charge.
To find a legal kiosk available for remote court hearings, choose the option for "locations that have privacy" on the kiosk location map.
Website providing Minnesotans with legal information and resources on a variety of civil (non-criminal) legal topics and helping connect individuals to legal aid and assistance. Live online chat help service available. 

Anoka County Courthouse
(763) 760-6700
2100 3rd Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303

Minnesota Unbundled Law Project
Directory of attorneys offering unbundled legal services (also known as limited scope legal services) that are customizable for your needs and budget. Practice areas include family; business; employment; real estate; benefits; housing; wills, trusts, and elder law; consumer protection and debt; and more. For more information about unbundled legal services, visit their FAQ.

Community Mediation Minnesota
Providing mediation and restorative justice resources to help resolve disputes involving neighbors, families, businesses, consumers, crime victims, landlords, tenants, or other matters. 

Mediation Services of Anoka County
(763) 422-8878
Providing accessible, affordable mediation and restorative services to help people in Anoka County and neighboring communities resolve their own conflicts and repair harm since 1987.

Minnesota Legal Advice Online (MLAO)
Volunteer attorneys answer legal questions via email for individuals who meet income qualifications. 

United Way 211
Dial 2-1-1
Operators available 24/7 to provide targeted referrals to legal services and resources. 

Children's Law Center of Minnesota
(651) 644-4438
450 N. Syndicate St, Suite 340, St. Paul, MN 55104
Free advocacy and legal representation for foster care youth in Minnesota.

School Law Center
(651) 222-6288
Statewide Legal representation for individual students, their families and groups of students and/or families or agencies serving students and their families in all areas of education law.

(612) 252-1200
41 N. 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Free clinic for low-income youth (ages 16-24) with legal problems (family, immigration, employment, public benefits, criminal, and housing). Also offers a drop-in center.

Youth Law Project
(612) 334-5970
The Project works with children/youth from birth to age 24 anywhere in Minnesota. Legal assistance (no criminal) for low income youth who are abused, neglected, experiencing or are at risk of homelessness or sexual exploitation, or have questions about safety, minor consent, access education, public benefits, obtaining government identification, or any other civil legal issues.

Public Defender - Tenth Judicial District (Anoka Office)
(763) 422-3350
901 Main Street, Suite 100, Anoka, MN 55303
Legal services by court appointment for low-income people involved in criminal and juvenile delinquency cases.

Anoka County Criminal Expungement Clinic
(763) 324-5560
Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd Ave., Anoka, MN 55303
Walk in clinic for those asking a judge to expunge criminal court records. Attend an informational session and if you qualify financially meet individually with an attorney regarding whether this is a realistic option for your situation. You will need to attend the informational session to have an individual meeting. Sessions start at 1:30. Dates and room locations can be found on the Anoka County Law Library website.

Sealing Criminal Records to Enhance Justice
If you have a criminal record for an offense that was prosecuted in state court, prosecutors from the Attorney General's Office may be able to help you determine if you qualify for expungement. If you qualify, the Attorney General's Office may be able to help you get your record sealed by the Court at no cost to you.

Second Chance Saturday Criminal Records Workshop
Volunteer Lawyers Network and Criminal Justice League
(612) 752-6677
University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN (Along bus lines 7, 19 and 32).
Monthly criminal records workshop held every third Saturday of the month from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Mitchell Hamline Self Help Clinic
(651) 695-7609
Assistance for self-represented parties for criminal expungement. Appointments are preferred. Contact or use the online application form to request an appointment. Remote appointments may also be available. Please note: this clinic is only available during the academic year.

Minnesota Disability Law Center
1-800-292-4150 or (612) 332-4668 (TTY)
Free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to individuals with disabilities statewide on legal issues related to their disabilities.
Disability Hub MN
A free statewide information, referral and assistance service available to help people with disabilities, chronic illnesses and their representatives connect to community services.

Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making
Guardianship Information Line: 1-844-333-1748
Statewide resource offering free in-depth telephone consultation, referrals, information and assistance for families, individuals, and professionals regarding individuals at risk for guardianship/conservatorship. 

Cancer Legal Care
(651) 917-9000
3503 High Point Drive, Suite 270, Oakdale, MN 55128
Cancer Legal Care provides caring and compassionate legal services at no cost to Minnesotans affected by cancer.

Rainbow Health
(612) 373-2437
Rainbow Health's Legal Services provide legal advice, brief services, and direct representation for HIV–related legal matters.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Information: 1-888-NAMI-Helps (1-888-626-4435); Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: call or text 988
Education, advocacy, support, and referrals for people with mental illness and their families.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call or text 988
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers providing 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you and your loved ones. Call or text 988 for crisis assistance. Assistance is also available in Spanish.

Alexandra House - Anoka
Hotline: (763) 780-2330 or 1-888-780-2332
Legal advocacy for domestic abuse survivors.

Violence Free Minnesota (formerly Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women)
24-Hour Phone Line: (866) 223-1111
24-hour hotline for victims of domestic abuse throughout Minnesota helps connect individuals to resources and services available to them.

Standpoint (Formerly Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project)
1-800-313-2666 or (612) 343-9842; Text Line: (612) 743-7397
Statewide program serving domestic and sexual violence survivors, their advocates, attorneys and other professionals working within the justice system in Minnesota.

Anoka County Social Services - Children and Family
(763) 324-1400
2100 Third Ave., Suite 500, Anoka, MN 55303

Family Law Clinic
(763) 324-5560
Anoka County Law Library, Anoka County Courthouse, 2100 3rd Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303
Brief legal advice clinic offering advice from an attorney on divorce, custody, child support, Orders for Protection, and other family law matters. Held two Thursdays per month by appointment only. Please call (763) 324-5560 for an appointment.

Family Law Advice by Phone - Volunteer Lawyers Network
(612) 752-6677
Low-income people can get a free 20-minute legal advice consult on family law matters from the Volunteer Lawyers Network. To schedule an appointment, call the VLN Intake Line at (612) 752-6677 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday through Thursday.

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Law Center
(612) 879-9165
Legal representation to parents, family members, Indian custodians and children, who are involved in legal matters governed by the ICWA.
Office of Ombudsperson for Families
(651) 539-1257 or 1-888-234-4939
1450 Energy Drive, Suite 106, St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
Assistance with child protection matters, social service issues, and failure to comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) or the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA).

Father Project
(612) 724-3539
The Father Project's mission is to assist fathers in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally. Services offered include child support services, paternity issues, parenting support, and case management.

Mitchell Hamline Self Help Clinic
(651) 695-7609
Assistance for self-represented parties for the following legal issues: child support modification, dissolution/divorce, establishing custody and parenting time, and modifying parenting time. Appointments are preferred. Contact or use the online application form to request an appointment. Remote appointments may also be available. Please note: this clinic is only available during the academic year.

Outfront Minnesota (GLBT Youth)
(612) 822-0127 or 1-800-800-0350
Provides advocacy, assistance, and referrals to help guide youth through the legal process.

Gender Justice
(651) 789-2090
Gender Justice provides legal representation for transgender and other clients relative to employment discrimination, health care, and other necessities.

LGBTQ+ Clinic (Volunteer Lawyers Network)
Walk-in or make an appointment.
Free clinics held via Zoom. Providing 15-20 minutes of legal advice on name and gender marker changes, plus general legal advice and referrals.

HOME Line (Tenant Hotline)
Call: (612) 728-5767 or (866) 866-3546; Email an attorney
Statewide tenant’s rights organization that provides free legal advice to renters in Minnesota.

Small Business Landlord Brief Legal Advice Clinic - LegalCORPS
Speak with a housing law attorney to ask questions or receive some general guidance. To be eligible, landlords must be at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for the size of their household. This clinic provides brief advice; full representation is not available. The clinic takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month between 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. To make an appointment, email Program Coordinator Sarah Lewis at or call (651) 583-5980.

Mitchell Hamline Self Help Clinic
(651) 695-7609
Assistance for self-represented parties with eviction expungement issues. Appointments are required. Contact or use the online application form to request an appointment. Remote appointments may also be available. Please note: this clinic is only available during the academic year.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
Assistance throughout Minnesota to veterans and their families who are homeless or experiencing other life crises.
Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MHA)
(952) 854-8500
Supporting the multi-housing industry through advocacy, information, education, and innovation. Submit your question regarding rental property management here.
Minnesota Homeownership Center
(651) 659-9336 or 1-866-462-6466
Home help services in Minnesota including first-time home buyer assistance, foreclosure process assistance and home mortgage assistance.
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
1-800-223-1368 or (651) 641-1011
Free brief legal advice and full legal representation to immigrants and refugees in Minnesota who qualify for services.
The Advocates for Human Rights
(612) 341-9845
330 Second Avenue South, Suite 800, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Legal services for low-income asylum seekers and immigrant detainees
Immigration Program, Standpoint
1-800-313-2666 or (612) 343-9842; Text Line: (612) 743-7397
Direct services, support and representation to victims seeking U and T Visas, Removal of the Condition of Residency, Legal Permanent Residency, Violence Against Women Act Self-Petition and Citizenship, among other petitions.
Center for New Americans - University of MN Law School
Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic, Detainee Rights Clinic, & Immigration and Human Rights Clinic
The education and outreach program educates noncitizens about their legal rights. For more information, call 612-625-5515.

Immigrant Connection
(612) 699-2529
3258 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Immigrant Connection-Waite Park is a part of the Immigrant Connection National Network. IC-Waite Park has been approved by the Department of Justice to offer high-quality, low-cost, immigration legal services in the Twin Cities. We provide legal assistance to individuals who are seeking help with issues relating to immigration, such as Family and Marriage Based Petitions, Naturalization Petitions, Lawful Permanent Resident and Employment Authorization renewals, and Adjustment of Status.

United Cambodian Association of Minnesota
(651) 222-3299
1385 Mendota Heights Rd Suite 500, Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Bilingual and bicultural legal and immigration assistance to low-income refugees and immigrants living in Minnesota.

Minnesota State Law Library Probate Brief Advice Telephone Clinic
(651) 297-7651
Brief advice clinic for people with questions about Minnesota probate. Clinics are offered on the 1st Thursday of each month over the phone. Appointments are required. To attend this clinic, you must have a Minnesota probate issue and you may not be represented by a lawyer. There is no income qualification for attendance. Issues not covered: tax, medical assistance, guardianship/conservatorship, questions about the law in other states. For more information, call (651) 297-7651 or Ask a Librarian.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (St. Cloud Office)
(320) 253-0121 or 1-888-360-2889
110 Sixth Avenue South, Suite 200, St. Cloud, MN 56301
Free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income people.

Minnesota Elder Justice Center
(651) 440-9300
Providing information and resources statewide to older and/or vulnerable adults and their loved ones around issues of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Services include obtaining protective orders, incapacity and safety planning, limited legal representation, and referrals. To get more information, please call (651) 440-9312 to speak to an advocate or use the contact form.

Senior LinkAge Line
Free statewide telephone information and assistance service on Medicare, prescription drug expense assistance, health insurance counseling, forms assistance, long-term care insurance and planning, caregiver planning and support, and grandparents raising children.
Estate & Elder Law Services (Volunteers of America)
(612) 676-6300
Attorneys assist clients with wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, powers of attorney, health care directives, guardianship, conservatorship, special needs trusts, Medical Assistance planning, and real estate matters. All individuals are eligible to receive services at private-pay rates and those with disabilities or age 60 and older may qualify to receive services at subsidized rates based on monthly income and asset level.

Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making
Guardianship Information Line: 1-844-333-1748
Statewide resource offering free in-depth telephone consultation, referrals, information and assistance for families, individuals, and professionals regarding individuals at risk for guardianship/conservatorship. 

Trellis Pension and Retirement Rights (formerly Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project)
1-866-783-5021 or (651) 251-5765
Regional provider of free legal counseling services to individuals with retirement and pension plan issues.

Anoka County Veteran Services
(763) 324-4500
Government Center, 2100 3rd Avenue, Suite 216, Anoka, MN 55303

Veterans Legal Advice Clinic
Assistance through Central Minnesota Legal Services
(320) 257-4855
Services to veterans on civil (non-criminal) legal matters such as consumer debt, family, housing, and benefits. Ask for veterans legal services when calling.

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
(888) 838-7727
Provides assistance to unrepresented veterans or their family members who have filed appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
Assistance throughout Minnesota to veterans and their families who are homeless or experiencing other life crises.

LinkVet Support
24-7 support from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) for Minnesota Veterans and their families.

Minnesota Department of Human Rights Mediation Program
(651) 539-1100 or 1-800-657-3704
No cost and voluntary alternative dispute resolution process by which the parties attempt to settle their discrimination disputes with the help of a trained mediator. Mediation takes place before the Department begins an investigation into allegations of discrimination and before a probable cause finding is made. 

University of Minnesota Law School Tax Clinic
(612) 625-5515
The University of Minnesota Law School Tax Clinic provides low income taxpayers with free legal representation in federal tax matters. Clients are represented by Law School students who are trained and directly supervised by a faculty member who is an experienced tax attorney. call the Tax Clinic at 612-625-5515, email, or fill out this form for more information. Our phone lines are open 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic - Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
Metro: (612) 334-5970 or Greater Minnesota: 1-800-292-4150
Clinic assistance available to Minnesota taxpayers across the state who have Internal Revenue Service (IRS) disputes. This clinic may be able to help with issues including: reducing or eliminating your tax debt, stopping IRS collection action, providing representation in US Tax Court, advocating for an audit reconsideration, addressing identity theft problems, worker misclassification, or helping get some of your refund back that was taken for a spouse's debt. This clinic does not prepare tax returns. Free interpreters are available.

Legal Corps
(612) 206-0780
Free legal help to low-income owners of small businesses and small nonprofit organizations in Minnesota.
Wills for Heroes
Call (612) 672-8349 for information about Minnesota programs and clinics. 
Free wills and other estate planning documents to first responders and their spouse or domestic partner.
Farmer's Legal Action Group (FLAG)
(651) 223-5400 or 1-877-860-4349
6 West 5th Street, Suite 650, St. Paul, MN 55102-1404
Legal services and support to family farmers and their communities.
Agricultural Worker Project
Statewide help through Southern MN Regional Legal Services
1-800-652-9733 or 1-877-696-6529
Staff attorneys provide statewide legal representation, advice and referrals to low-income agricultural workers. Services available in English and Spanish; interpreters available in other languages.

Twin Cities Christian Legal Aid
First Covenant Church, 810 S. 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to qualified individuals at ministry locations around the Twin Cities.

Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP)
(651) 695-7672
Civil (non-criminal) and family law services to those incarcerated in MN correctional facilities.
Debtor Lawsuit Answering Service (Volunteer Lawyers Network)
(612) 752-6677
Advice and assistance for debtors who have been sued and those wondering about filing bankruptcy.

Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts - Springboard for the Arts
Legal advice for low income artists and creatives who need help with business organization, contracts, artist tax audits, copyright and trademark infringement, artist immigration, music royalties, and leasing and buying property. Complete the intake form to see if you are eligible for services. For assistance, email or call (651) 294-0907. 

Insurance Law Clinic - University of MN Law School
(612) 625-5515
Free legal assistance to persons facing insurance denials for all types of insurance claims (auto, homeowners, accident, etc.).
Minnesota Federal Public Defender
(612) 664-5858
United States Courthouse: 300 South Fourth Street, Room 107, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Federal Pro Se Project - Federal Bar Association Minnesota Chapter
Collaboration between the Minnesota District Court and the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association to help provide civil pro se litigants with an opportunity to have a meaningful consultation with a volunteer lawyer. Parties may be referred to the program by letter from court after filing a civil case in the District of Minnesota.
US Bankruptcy Courts
Bankruptcy Advice Clinics held bi-weekly at the Minneapolis and St. Paul Federal Courthouses. For more information about these clinics, visit their website or contact the Volunteer Lawyers Network at (612) 752-6677.
Representing Yourself - U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
Pro Se Civil Guidebook, forms, federal rules and more.

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
(888) 838-7727
Provides assistance to unrepresented veterans or their family members who have filed appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 

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