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Self Help Resources
This guide provides information for people who want to represent themselves in legal situations in Minnesota.
Many counties have "self-help" desks, staffed by attorneys and paralegals, whose goal is to help non-legally-trained people figure out how to represent themselves in simple legal transactions and procedures.
Many counties have some form of walk-in service to assist people representing themselves in court. The Minnesota Court system has compiled a list of them, by judicial district (along with information on how to determine what judicial district you live in).
If you live in Hennepin County, you may visit one of the County's two Self-Help Centers. There, you will be able to see videos on how to represent yourself in court, obtain brief legal advice from volunteer and staff attorneys, and get one-on-one help regarding court procedures, among other things. Additionally, staff speak English, French, Somali, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
The Domestic Abuse Service Center can help prepare a temporary Order for Protection or a Harassment Restraining Order. The center is in the Hennepin County Government Center. Their phone number is 612-348-5073.
The Housing Court Project offers free, walk-in legal advice for low-income tenants and landlords. To qualify, you must live in Hennepin County, and have a gross household income of 300% of the federal poverty guidelines. The Project is at the Hennepin County Government Center. Hours are limited and vary depending on if you are a tenant or a landlord.
A list of self-help clinics available to Dakota County Residents. Topics include family law, bankruptcy, debt collection, garnishment, mortgages, foreclosures, landlord-tenant, conciliation (small claims) court, and expungement. The clinics are offered at various times and locations. An appointment may be required.