Eligibility & Applications

Every person seeking services from LAOC must complete an application and attach verification of his or her family’s income to the application.  An applicant must provide income information for every person over the age of 18 living in his or her home.

LAOC reviews applications on a weekly basis and sends applicants letters letting them know if they qualify for services, which services they qualify for, and what the next steps are in obtaining services from LAOC.

What are LAOC’s income guidelines?

For most of our programs we serve individuals with annual incomes at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. In an emergency, we will serve individuals with annual incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. We define an emergency as an imminent loss of housing, an emergency child custody matter, a dissolution case where child custody is contested and the client has been served a summons and petition, and orders for protection or restraining orders. All persons wishing to receive services from LAOC must complete an application which asks detailed information about the applicant’s household and income. Applicants must attach ve rification of their income to their applications.

LAOC has a few programs where applicants do not have to income-qualify in order to participate: the tenant/landlord hotline, the free legal clinic LAOC co-hosts during pro-bono week, and the clinics LAOC hosts at the Olmsted County Law Library.

TO GET LEGAL ADVICE FROM LAOC: 

1. Complete an application.

2. Attach verification of income for every adult that lives in your household. LAOC only helps low-income families.

Acceptable forms of income verification: two most recent pay stubs, most recently filed taxes for self-employed persons, award letter from the Social Security Administration, statement of benefits from the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program.

Not acceptable forms of income verification: bank statements, copies of your paychecks, a list of business income and businesses expenses.

3. Attach any applicable court orders. If you are seeking to modify a custody agreement or parenting time arrangement or if any person involved in the matter you are seeking assistance with has an order for protection or harassment restraining order, please attach the current order(s) to your application.

4. Return your application and all attachments to LAOC in person, or via email, mail, or fax.

IMPORTANT NOTE: LAOC can only help people who live in Olmsted County and have a legal matter before Olmsted County Courts. LAOC will sometimes help people who do not live in Olmsted County if their legal matter is properly before Olmsted County Courts.

LAOC CAN NEVER OFFER LEGAL ADVICE OVER THE PHONE AND WILL NOT OFFER LEGAL ADVICE TO ANYONE WHO HAS NOT COMPLETED AN APPLICATION.

APPLICATIONS:

Apply for Help with Housing

Apply for Help with a Family Law matter (dissolution w/children, custody, parenting time) or an Order for Protection/Harassment Restraining Order 

Apply for Help with Bankruptcy, Wills, or Other Financial Matters