Established in 1952, Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota (LASNEM) is a non profit law firm, assisting Northeastern Minnesota’s low income residents with their civil legal needs. LASNEM strives to provide our clients with comprehensive and compassionate legal advice and representation. We are dedicated to bridging the gap to accessing legal services and protecting basic human rights. LASNEM believes our legal system should be available to all individuals, regardless of ability to pay. With offices in Duluth, Grand Rapids and Virginia, also satellite offices in Baxter and Pine City, we provide legal services, at no charge, to eligible low-income residents in Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis Counties.
The civil legal services we provide are designed to protect the basic needs of our clients: food, shelter, medical insurance, income, and safety. Our services include but are not limited to; eviction, domestic violence prevention, consumer debt, creditor harassment, government benefits, divorces, custody, subsidized housing, and Social Security overpayments.
Special projects supplement the assistance we provide through the general program. Partially funded by the Older American’s Act, LASNEM’s Senior Citizens’ Law Project serves clients 60 years of age and older, regardless of income or assets. The Senior Citizens’ Law Project has staff in Duluth and Virginia. It provides a broad range of legal advice and assistance throughout our services areas.