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Central Minnesota Legal Services provides free legal help to low-income individuals and families to assist with civil legal issues.

NOTICE: The phone issue that the Minneapolis office was experiencing has been resolved.

COVID-19 - Important updates. See our News posts for detailed information.

CMLS Minneapolis office has moved! Our new address is 111 North 5th Street, Suite 402, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

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What We Do

CMLS helps low-income individuals and families get the legal help they need within a 21-county service area throughout central Minnesota. CMLS serves its clients from offices in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, and Willmar.

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CMLS operates a robust Volunteer Attorney Program from its offices in St. Cloud and Willmar. We connect local attorneys with eligible clients to provide assistance on civil matters. If you’re a licensed attorney looking to get involved, contact us today!

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Give Back

There are many ways to give back to CMLS. There are volunteer opportunities available for non-attorneys to help assist our clients and staff. You can also donate to CMLS to help support our work.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, April 6

Anoka Housing Clinic

8:30 am - 11:00 am

Anoka, MN

Tuesday, April 7

St. Cloud VA Legal Advice Clinic

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

St. Cloud, MN

Tuesday, April 7

Stearns County Legal Advice Clinic

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

St. Cloud, MN

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Orders for Protection – Filing and Appearing in Court

Parties appearing for Order for Protection (OFP) hearings: If parties want to appear remotely, they have to contact the Family Justice Center at: (612) 348 -8756 and ask to speak Learn more...

Attorney General Ready to Enforce Order Suspending Evictions During Emergency

Attorney General Ellison ready to enforce order suspending evictions during emergency New online complaint form available for tenants who believe landlords are violating Executive Order March 24, 2020 (SAINT PAUL) Learn more...

Minnesota State Law Library Closes Due to COVID-19

The Minnesota State Law Library will close to the public, until further notice, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020. Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 State Law Library staff will continue to Learn more...

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