302 Ordean Bldg
424 West Superior Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
Toll Free: 800-933-1112
Fax: (218) 726-4804
The Duluth office of Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota (LASNEM) is a civil legal services office for residents of Carlton, Cook, Lake and Southern St. Louis Counties in the Arrowhead region of Northeastern Minnesota. The office includes a general legal services program and the Senior Citizens Law Project.
GENERAL LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM
We provide legal services at no charge to eligible low income residents of our area whose legal issues fit within our priorities. The civil legal services we provide are geared to protect the basic needs of our clients: food, shelter, medical insurance, income protection and safety. We help resolve problems including:
- Landlord/Tenant Disputes
- Mortgage Foreclosures
- General Assistance
- Housing Code Violations
- Contract for Deed Problems
- Food Stamps
- Medical Assistance
- Unemployment Compensation
- Fuel Assistance
- Creditor Problems
- Harassment by Bill Collectors
- Contract/warranty Problems
- Supplemental Security Income
- Family Problems
- Students’ Rights
Our assistance may involve representation, advice or referral. The demand for our services is high and we are unable to handle all requests for assistance. We have established case priorities and, in some instances, waiting lists have become necessary to allocate services.
SENIOR CITIZENS LAW PROJECT
The Senior Citizen’ Law Project, headquartered in the Duluth Legal Aid Service office, provides legal advice and assistance to persons 60 years of age or older in the seven county Arrowhead region. The counties of service include: St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Itasca, Carlton, Aitkin, and Koochiching.
To receive services from this project, contact the Legal Aid Service office in Duluth, or contact attorneys in one of our branch offices located in Virginia, Grand Rapids and Brainerd. Hearing impaired persons can contact any of our offices through the Minnesota Relay.
A major funding source for the program is from the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging through funds received under the Older Americans Act. Although the project is required to target those in the most social and economic need, including low-income minorities and persons with disabilities, there are no specific income or asset guidelines. While there is not charge for our service, voluntary donations are welcome.
The project can assist with advice and help involving:
Medical Assistance, Medicare, Long-term care issues,
Health care directives, Powers of Attorney, Probate questions
Landlord/tenant problems, Public and Subsidized housing problems,
Consumer problems, Dept problems, Contract disputes, Home repair disputes, Warranty enforcement
and other non-criminal Legal problems.
The project also provides community legal education for seniors’ groups and other groups which serve senior citizens throughout the Arrowhead region. Some of the topics include advance directives for health care, consumer rip-offs, Medical Assistance rules for persons in nursing homes, and advanced legal planning. Groups wishing to book an attorney to speak at their events are asked to call 218-623-8100 and tell the person answering that they are calling for a community education event. There is no charge for speakers, although donations are welcome.
Contact the Duluth office by telephone at 218-623-8100. Sometimes we are able to handle walk-in clients in Duluth but we encourage clients to use the telephone. We are able to take a limited number of requests for services on most working days. We screen clients for eligibility.
Cook County residents.
An attorney from the Duluth office is generally available for consultations in Grand Marais on the third Tuesday of every month at the Cook County Courthouse from 9:00 A.M. until 11:30 A.M., and at the Grand Marais Seniors Center from 11:45 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Anyone wishing to consult with the attorney should contact our Duluth office or the Court Administrator. Seniors who wish to consult with the attorney should make arrangements through the Grand Marais Seniors Center.
HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICES
Carlton, Cook, Lake and Southern St. Louis County residents. Contact the Duluth office by telephone at 218-623-8100. Sometimes we are able to handle walk-in clients in Duluth but we encourage clients to use the telephone. We are able to take a limited number of requests for services on most working days. We screen clients for eligibility.
- LASNEM is designated as a Housing and Urban Development housing counseling agency.
- We can refer cases to the Volunteer Attorney Program in the event of a conflict of interest or to help with our large number of cases. When we refer cases to VAP, it finds volunteer private attorneys to represent clients.
United Way 211, Information referral service
Volunteer Attorney Program Free Legal assistance for civil cases
Indian Legal Assistance Program Free legal assistance for civil and criminal cases
Minnesota Disability Law Center Advocacy for persons with disabilities
Public Defender – 6th Judicial District Assistance with criminal cases
WI Judicare Free Legal Assistance for civil legal matters in Wisconsin
MN Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) Assistance to Veterans and their families in Minnesota who are Homeless or experiencing a crisis leading to Homelessness
Legal Assistance for MN Prisoners (LAMP) Legal Assistance to Prisoners with Civil Legal matters
American Indian Community Housing Organization Low Income Housing and Emergency Assistance
Center City Housing Corporation Low Income Housing
City Of Duluth – Life Safety Division Building Inspector
Duluth Landlord Association Assistance for Landlords in the Duluth area
218-393-9236 or 218-724-2289
DW Jones Management Subsidized and Market Rate Housing
Homeline Free Legal Advice Hotline for Landlord Tenant Issues
HRA of Duluth Low Income Housing
Oliver Management Subsidized and Market Rate Housing
One Roof Housing – Tenant Landlord Connection Mediation between Landlords and Tenants
Salvation Army Housing, Food and Financial assistance
Sherman Associates Subsidized and Market Rate Housing
Thies and Talle Management, Inc. Subsidized and Market Rate Housing
Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse – CASDA Advocacy and Services for Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence
Dabinoo’Igan Shelter (AICHO) Domestic Violence shelter
PAVSA Advocacy and Services for Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence
Safe Haven Resource Center Legal Advocacy and Services for Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence
Safe Haven Shelter Domestic Violence shelter
CHUM Homeless Shelter
Damiano Center Basic necessities for those in need, Free meals, Clothing, Food Shelf
Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf Serves anyone, Shuttle available
Hermantown Food Shelf Serves Hermantown, Saginaw, Cotton, Kelsey and Meadowlands
Kids Café Free Meals for Children under 18
Life House Homeless Shelter for Youth 24 and Younger
Loaves and Fishes Homeless Shelter
Proctor Food Shelf Serves Proctor and Midway Township
Solid Rock and Harbor House Homeless Shelter (Men and Families with Children)
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency – AEOA Fuel Assistance
Community Action Resources to help low income individuals get out of poverty
Conflict Resolution Center Mediation Services
Lakes and Pines CAC, Inc. Fuel Assistance
Lutheran Social Services Debt Counselling, Adoption, Services for Children, Families, Persons with Disabilities
MN OSHA and Workers Compensation Workplace rights and safety
Senior Linkage Line Information and Referral Service for Senior Citizens
Senior Ombudsman – Maisie Blaine Advocacy for the health, welfare, safety and rights for Senior Citizens in Minnesota
Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project Free Assistance and Counselling for Retirement plans and Pensions
Workforce Center Assistance for individuals seeking employment
Accend Services Assistance for persons with Mental health issues
Birch Tree Center Mental Health Stabilization
Center For Alcohol and Drug Treatment (CADT) Addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services. Walk in Rule 25 Placement Assessments
Duluth Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation, and support.
Human Development Center (HDC) Assistance for persons with Mental health and addiction issue
Mental Health Crisis Response Team Help for persons contemplating Suicide
Mental Health Ombudsman – Michael Woods Advocacy for the health, welfare, safety and rights for Minnesotans with Disabilities
MN Adult and Teen Challenge Addiction recovery program
Port Bethel Rehabilitation Center Chemical dependency recovery and community-based corrections