Legal Advice Overview
Where Can I Find Free Legal Advice?
Minnesota Legal Advice Online (MLAO) is a way to get free legal advice online. Volunteer attorneys answer legal questions over the internet. You must have a low income, be at least 14 years old, and meet other rules to use MLAO. MLAO does not help with any problems you could go to jail for. Go to www.MNLegalAdvice.org to see if you qualify.
Legal aid, the courts, the libraries, and other places have legal help clinics where you can get free advice from a lawyer. Some legal help clinics are walk-in, some are over the phone, and some require that you make an appointment. Some legal clinics only help people who have a low income.
Click here for a listing of legal help clinics sorted by legal issue.
You can also see legal help clinics after looking up your issue by clicking Understand Your Legal Issue. Once you've picked your issue, click on the "Find Legal Help" section on the left to see legal clinics, legal aid offices, and other places to find legal help.
What is Legal Advice?
Legal advice is a short meeting with a lawyer in-person, over the phone, or online. You describe your legal problem to the lawyer, and the lawyer gives you some advice about your rights and what you should do.
A few things to know about legal advice:
- In this kind of meeting, the lawyer only gives you legal advice and answers questions. Most of the time, the lawyer will not be able to file papers for you or go to court with you. If you have questions about what the lawyer can do for you, ask the lawyer.
- Bring something you can write notes on, so you remember what steps you need to take.
- Bring your papers with you. If you are getting help over the phone or online, have your papers next to you. The lawyer might ask what the papers say and give you advice about what to put in your papers.
- Lawyers sometimes don't realize when they are using legal words you don't know. If you don't understand what the lawyer says, say so and ask the lawyer to tell you again. The lawyer wants to help you and make sure you understand the legal advice. Sometimes it helps to ask the lawyer to write down what you should do about your legal problem.