Helpful Legal Information
The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans’ Vetlaw program provides legal information, referrals, and legal advice to Minnesota veterans on most legal topics. We are only able to represent veterans who are homeless or in danger of homelessness and who meet our low-income limits. This decision is made on a case-by-case basis. But we can offer legal advice and help with forms to a greater number of veterans. Our attorneys are only licensed to give advice on Minnesota state law; we cannot advise veterans on other states’ laws or federal law but will help veterans find other legal resources in those states that may be able to assist them.
There are two main types of legal issues: criminal and civil. A criminal law case is when someone is accused of breaking a law and the punishment may involve going to jail or prison. A civil case is between two or more people to resolve a dispute; some common types of civil cases are family law, housing law, consumer debt collection, employment, access to benefits, and probate cases.
Vetlaw provides the materials and resources below to help veterans understand and get through the legal system. Legal issues arise in many areas of life. Vetlaw is able to help veterans understand their specific legal needs and what legal resources are available to help them. Most programs providing free legal assistance who meet limits based on income, case type, and the location of the case; Vetlaw can help you determine if you qualify for these programs.
If you have questions about your eligibility or need for legal services, please call the Vetlaw program at 651-200-4750.
Online Legal Resources:
LawHelpMN.org contains resources to assist you in understanding your civil legal issue in Minnesota and how to find your local legal aid program. The site includes fact sheets gathered from many trusted sources, including legal aid offices, the Attorney General’s Office, and other state and federal agencies.
Statesidelegal.org is for members of the military, veterans, their families and advocates. This site focuses on federal issues that are consistent from state to state, like the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act and veterans’ benefits claims. It also provides an overview of civil areas of law that your military or veteran status may impact, such as divorce or debt collection. The site includes links to local programs to help veterans find resources in their area.
The Minnesota Judicial Branch website is the home of the Minnesota court system. The site has several useful features for individuals looking for legal resources. You can find legal forms for many types of legal actions, answers to frequently asked questions, and information about past or pending legal cases. Please note that court staff cannot provide legal advice; they can help you find a form or understand the legal process but cannot tell you whether you will win your case or how to improve your chances. The website also has a system for paying fines and fees owed to the court. For help with using this site, please contact the Vetlaw program.
Finding an Attorney
If a free legal program cannot help you, there is a list of attorneys put together by the Minnesota State Bar Association. Many of these attorneys offer a free 30-minute consultation. You can search by your legal issue and your location. Not every attorney is listed on this website.
MACV is pleased to offer this website to clients, attorneys, advocates, elected officials, law students, and the public for general information purposes only. This website is not intended for nor is it to be used as a substitute for legal advice. It may not reflect current legal developments. You should not rely on this website as a source of legal advice.
This website is neither a solicitation nor an offer to represent you. The information provided to you on this website is not intended to create and does not create a lawyer-client relationship with MACV or with any lawyer or advocate at MACV. By sending MACV or any of its personnel an email through this site, you do not create an attorney-client relationship with MACV. Although we welcome contacts by telephone, electronic mail or other methods, we will not have an attorney-client relationship with you until and unless you and we reach such an agreement.