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Central Minnesota Legal Services provides free legal help to low-income individuals and families to assist with civil legal issues. CMLS does not charge for legal services.

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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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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, October 25

Todd County Legal Advice Clinic – Staples

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Staples, MN

Monday, October 25

Todd County Legal Advice Clinic – Long Prairie

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Long Prairie, MN

Thursday, October 28

Wright County Legal Advice Clinic

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Buffalo, MN

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Domestic Violence Resources in Minnesota

Disclaimer: The resources and information listed on this page are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Resources provided for the convenience of Minnesota residents. Readers must make Learn more...

Safety Planning in Abusive Situations

A safety plan is a practical plan to improve your safety while experiencing abuse, preparing to leave an abusive situation, or after you leave an abusive situation. A safety plan Learn more...

Reflecting on George Floyd

One year ago, the murder of George Floyd caused a new reckoning around systemic racism in America. In the aftermath of this tragedy, CMLS declared its commitment to speak out Learn more...

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