About Legal Service

Legal Assistance of Dakota County, Ltd. (LADC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides critical civil legal services to low-income families and individuals in Dakota County, Minnesota..

Our primary focus is Family Law, the most important area of law affecting low-income people. These cases frequently involve Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Divorce, and Domestic Abuse. LADC also addresses low-income needs in other areas of law, including Consumer Law, Criminal Record Expungement, Immigration, Schools, Social Services, Taxes and Youth.

LADC has been addressing the civil legal needs of low-income people since 1972. Our current services include:

  • Free representation in court for Family Law cases *
  • Free representation in court for cases in other areas of civil law *
  • Free legal advice for qualified low-income applicants.
  • Free referral services to private attorneys practicing in relevant legal areas.

In addition, LADC partners with community organizations to provide other free legal services:

  • We partner with the Dakota County District Court, Court Administration and the Dakota County Law Library to run the Dakota County Family Court Self-Help Center, a Consumer Law Clinic and regular community legal education clinics/presentations on a range of legal topics.
  • We partner with 360 Communities (formerly Community Action Council) to run family law clinics at the Lewis House shelter for domestic violence victims and at their main office in Burnsville.
  • We also partner with 360 Communities to place Order for Protection cases with a lawyer for representation.

* LADC tries to provide free legal services for all people who meet our low-income requirements. However, we may not be able to provide full representation to all qualified applicants because of our limited staff resources.