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Need legal help?

CMLS handles civil legal matters for low income people in 21 counties in central Minnesota.  We do not handle criminal problems. We refer clients when our staff is unable to handle a case. We make referrals to self-help and volunteer resources.

If you are not sure if CMLS would handle your legal issue, please call your local office to apply or get more information.

CMLS will be closed from October 23-October 28. Our staff will be attending a statewide conference from 10/23-10/25. During that time, our office is moving locations to a new space across the street. The move will include computer equipment and phones; we will have limited access to case records and no ability to conduct intake during this time. We will re-open in our new facility on Tuesday October 29. 


Free Clinics

We offer several free clinics each month at various locations in the state where you can come talk to a lawyer about your case. The next upcoming clinics are:

Monday, January 27

Anoka Housing Clinic

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What should I expect?

Many people don’t know what the legal aid system is, what it does, or how it even works. Because of this, we have created an informal guide that should help you to understand what to expect when you apply for legal aid.

Other Ways We Can Help

There are a lot of reasons why someone might not be eligible for legal services. If you are one of those people, you should consider looking at the following resources that might help you help yourself.

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