David Lund - Executive Director
Gwen Updegraff - Managing Attorney
Kristin Parendo - Managing Attorney / Senior Citizens law Project
Mary Koszarek - Director of Administration & Finance
Marly Maciejeski - Program Specialist
302 Ordean Bldg
424 West Superior Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
Toll Free: 855-204-1697
Fax: (218) 726-4804
HandsNet ID: HN2945
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:
|Housing Code Violations
||Contract for Deed Problems
||Harassment by Bill Collectors
|Supplemental Security Income
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 Senior 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. Senior who wish to consult with the attorney should make arrangements through the Grand Marais Senior 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.
We are part of a collaborative project with the Duluth Community Health Center (DCHC) which identifies and assists qualified uninsured Minnesotans sign up for Minnesota Care, a low cost health insurance plan. During our client screening process we offer referrals to DCHC for assistance in applying for Minnesota Care. Arrangements can be made with DCHC staff to meet in Duluth or at outreach offices in Cloquet and Silver Bay.
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.