Olmsted County

LAOC provides volunteers for free legal clinics at the Olmsted County Law Library, which are open to all income levels.

The Law Clinics are an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a volunteer attorney to ask questions, discuss options, and get legal advice.  The volunteer attorney provides free (pro bono), one-time only, legal advice during the clinic session, and does not become the attorney representing the case.

Clinic appointments are by registration only. Registration and attendance at the clinics is limited to residents of Olmsted County, or to those who have cases pending in Olmsted County.  For more information about the clinics and clinic registration, contact the Olmsted County Law Library at 507-328-7605.

Family Law, Financial, and Expungement Clinics are offered at the Olmsted County Law Library:

FAMILY LAW

Weekly clinics are for the following types of cases:  Divorce/Dissolution; Legal Separation; Annulment; Parenting Time/Visitation; Custody; Child Support; Adoption; and, Maintenance.  Please note that this clinic specifically excludes any CHIPs (Child In Need of Protective Services) questions.

FINANCIAL

Monthly clinics are offered for the following types of cases: Creditor/Debtor counseling; pre-Bankruptcy counseling; Real estate and mortgage foreclosure; how to respond/answer to a debt-related lawsuit filed against you; and, garnishment/levy against assets (debtor side only).  Please note that this clinic specifically excludes any Landlord/Tenant questions.

CRIMINAL EXPUNGEMENT

Bi-monthly clinics are offered, beginning with a class-room style presentation, which includes a review of the statue and procedures and tips for completing the paperwork, followed by the opportunity to discuss your case privately with the attorney.

BANKRUPTCY

In addition to the clinics offered at the Olmsted County Law Library, LAOC also offers periodic Bankruptcy Clinics.  In order to attend a bankruptcy clinic, you must first complete an application with LAOC.  Once your eligibility has been determined, you will be contacted by our Volunteer Attorney Program Coordinator regarding the next steps.

LANDLORD TENANT

LAOC staff attorneys offer free legal advice on landlord-tenant matters from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. every Friday at LAOC’s offices. Depending on the specific issues and facts, attorneys may offer brief advice, help a tenant negotiate with a landlord, or attend court hearings.  You may walk-in or pre-register. To pre-register, fill out an application, and drop it off at LAOC’s offices.  You must income qualify to receive services.

View our Calendar to see upcoming clinics!