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As librarians and not lawyers, we are happy to suggest resources. However, we cannot give legal advice (such as which form to file) or opinions (such as how a statute might apply to a particular situation). To do so could be considered unauthorized practice of law, a violation of MN Statute 481.02.

We will do our best to suggest materials that will be helpful, but please be aware that often more research is required to find a complete and correct answer.  For many questions, the best answer may be to consult an attorney. For help finding an attorney, visit the Minnesota State Law Library website.

This site offers a variety of resources, including how to find a Minnesota court, pay a fine, access case records, file a case and more.

LION is a service for people who have quick legal questions, but may not have access to a lawyer. LION offers a convenient online form which posts their question to a pool of local lawyers who will respond on the LION page within 24 to 48 hours.

This service is particularly helpful for those whose work schedules make it difficult for them to ask for legal advice during normal office hours.

LawHelpMN.org offers a number of helpful fact sheets to address specific legal questions.

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota is a non-profit that operates in 22 northwestern Minnesota counties. They provide free legal services for civil cases for the poor and the elderly. Legal Services of NW MN will be able to provide legal assistance on the basis of a client’s income.

*If a person has an income above the range in which Legal Services could provide legal assistance, they can still act as a resource for printed copies of common legal forms.

The Minnesota State Law Library is maintained by the Office of the Revisor of Statutes and contains the current rules, laws and statutes for the state of Minnesota. It also has the Minnesota State Constitution.

A legal services non-profit that serves the state of North Dakota

This organization specializes not in legal services, but rather advocates for disabled individuals. They may be able to help refer people that have legal questions regarding disability to the information they need.

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