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Legal Advice Clinics

Purpose of the clinic

The purpose of the clinic is to assist self-represented litigants with limited means in Washington County with legal information and advice so that they can successfully pursue their claims through the judicial system.  Litigants can receive a free 30-minute consultation from a volunteer attorney, who can offer advice and legal assistance regarding matters such as:

  • Family Law: Marriage dissolution, child support, domestic abuse, paternity issues, child custody, visitation, spousal maintenance, name change
  • Civil Law: Default judgment, housing / eviction, eviction expungement, creditor / debtor, judgment collection, consumer issues, conciliation court, automobile title transfer
  • Criminal Law: Traffic tickets, criminal process, criminal expungement, DANCO orders

Who is served by the clinic

Any resident of Washington County may use the clinic, or anyone who has a case pending in Washington County can make an appointment to see an attorney at the clinic.  The clinic is limited to people who are at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see Appendix for current chart).  These guidelines can also be found online at ProJusticeMN.org http://www.projusticemn.org/library/attachment.249256

Restrictions

Income Limits
The Legal Advice Clinics are able to serve residents whose annual income is at 300% or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines, as found at 79 Federal Register 3593, January 22, 2014.  

Number of visits
Patrons who see an attorney at the clinic can have one appointment per issue in a six month time period.  Exceptions to this rule are determined by the law library on a case by case basis or made at the request of the volunteer attorney, again on a case by case basis. 

Missing scheduled appointments
Patrons who schedule an appointment, do not show up for appointments, and do not contact the library to let the library know they are going to miss the appointment can make one more appointment.  If the patron misses the second appointment without contacting the library before missing the appointment, the library reserves the right to not schedule the patron for any new appointments for six months.  This restriction only applies to patrons who do not contact the library before missing their scheduled appointment.

Location and Times of Clinics

The Legal Advice Clinics are held in the law library, located on the first floor of the Washington County Courthouse.  The street address is:

Washington County Law Library

14949 62nd St. N

Stillwater, MN, 55082

The phone number for the Law Library is 651.430.6330; the fax is 651.430.6331; email address is .

  • The Civil Law Legal Advice Clinic is held every other Monday afternoon from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • The Family Law Legal Advice Clinic is held every Tuesday afternoon from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • The Criminal Law Legal Advice Clinic is held every Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m. – noon

There are no clinics on days where the library is closed (e.g., holidays, building emergencies). 

Intake Form

Download the intake form and complete it. You may fax it to 651-430-6331, mail to Washington County Law Library, 14949 62nd Street North, P.O. Box 6, Stillwater, MN 55082, or scan and email the form to . Our staff will call you to schedule an appointment once the form is received. Call 651-430-6330 with questions. You are required to bring any current orders and court forms pertaining to your consultation.

The clinics are staffed by volunteer attorneys who are members of the Washington County Bar Association (http://www.wcba-mn.org/)  The law library thanks our volunteers for all of their help. 


Updated 10.23.2014

Pauline Afuso
Washington County Law Librarian
Email

Government Center
14949 62nd St. N.
P.O. Box 6
Stillwater, MN 55082

Ph: 651-430-6330
Fx: 651-430-6331

Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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