What should I do to receive

legal assistance?

The first step is identifying if you are eligible for legal assistance. If you meet the qualifications below, your next step is applying for assistance.


There are three methods to apply for legal assistance. You may visit an office in person, you may apply online, or you may apply over the phone.

  • Under age 60 call toll-free 1-800-634-5263
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. CST.
  • Age 60+ call toll-free 1-866-621-9886
    Monday – Thursday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST.
    Friday between 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST.

Who is eligible for assistance?


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Income Guidelines

Generally 125% of poverty, but higher income limits, or no income limits depending on the type of case or client age.

Citizenship or Immigration Status

For help, you must be a U.S. citizen or provide proof of your immigration status if your case is accepted.

Ages Served

We serve all ages, but have separate assistance lines depending on your age.

Under age 60:
Call toll-free 1-800-634-5263
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. CST.

Age 60+:
Call toll-free 1-866-621-9886
Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST. Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST.


Wheelchair Accessible: All locations are accessible for those in wheelchairs.

Hearing Impaired: Our 800 numbers are equipped with phone relay.

Visually Impaired

Areas Served

The state of North Dakota. There are multiple offices available to visit. Please visit our “contact us” page for details.

Cases We Serve


This may include:

  • threatening or harrassing behavior by a creditor or debt collector
  • garnished wages
  • utility shut offs


This may include:

  • served eviction papers
  • repair issues on your rental housing
  • facing foreclosure
  • disabled and need reasonable accommodations

Senior Issues

This may include:

  • create a simple will
  • obtain a power of attorney
  • solidify a health care directive


This may include:

  • denied unemployment benefits
  • criminal history preventing you from being hired

    Domestic Violence

    This may include:

    • threatening or harming behavior to you or your child
    • harassment to you or your child
    • protective orders
    • physical, financial, or emotional abuse

    Indian Law

    This may include:

    • Indian estate planning
    • Tribal Court
    • taxes

    Family and Children

    This may include:

    • questions about custody or parenting rights
    • threatening or abusive family members
    • filing for divorce

    Public Benefits

    This may include:

    • guidance on food support, medical assistance or other public assistance
    • denial of necessary medical care
    • disability interfering with your ability to work


    This may include:

    • tax exemptions
    • tax preparations
    • tax basics and education

    LSND cannot help with…

    • Legal Services of North Dakota does not provide representation in criminal matters. If you have been charged with a crime and need a lawyer, please call the public defender’s office.
    • We cannot provide representation if you are incarcerated and need a lawyer, even for non-criminal matters.
    • We do not provide representation in worker’s compensation cases, personal injury claims, or any cases in which a fee can be generated.

    If you disagree with our decision that you are not eligible or your case is not one that can be accepted, you have the right to appeal to our Executive Director.


    To check your application status, please call 1-800-634-5263 during regular business hours.

    How to Hide Your Visit

    Your computer keeps a list of websites you visit on the internet. This is called a history. What if you don’t want other people to know what websites you visited? You can erase the history from your computer. Look at the list below and find the software you use to get on the internet. Then follow the steps to erase the history.

    Microsoft Edge
    1. Launch Microsoft Edge.
    2. Tap the Hub button at the top.
    3. Click the History option. The standard keyboard shortcut, Ctrl + H works in Edge too.
    4. You can browse your history, or wipe it entirely by clicking the Clear browsing data link at the top.

    1. Click on “Tools”, then “Options”.
    2. Under the History tab click “Clear Browsing History Now”


    1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app .
    2. At the top right, tap More. History. …
    3. Tap Clear browsing data.
    4. Next to “Time range:” To clear a portion of your history, select the dates. …
    5. Check the box next to “Browsing history.”
    6. Uncheck any other data you don’t want to delete.
    7. Tap Clear data.
    1. From the home screen, Select Settings > Safari.
    2. At the bottom of Safari’s settings screen, Select Clear cookies and data or Clear Cookies and Clear Cache.
    3. Confirm when prompted.

    What is an Emergency when it comes to legal services? LSND considers it an emergency if you have one or more of the following:

    • a court hearing or other legal deadline within 5 business days
    • no food
    • no shelter
    • child taken by CPS or other unauthorized person.

    If the above describes your situation, please reach out via phone. Explain the situation to the receptionist and she will start the intake process in order to connect you with proper resources in time.