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Types of Cases We Handle

How to Reach SMRLS - Winona

SMRLS - Winona About Legal Services
Southern Minnesota Regional LEGAL SERVICES is a law office for low income persons and senior citizens (over 60). Our program receives funding from the Legal Services Corporation, Southeastern Minnesota Area Agency on Aging and the State of Minnesota to provide free civil legal help to low income persons with a household income at or below 125% of the federal poverty level. Our program provides help in eleven counties in southeastern Minnesota. Our funding is limited. There are restrictions on the kinds of cases that we can handle. We can represent people in Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona counties in Minnesota.

Services of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services are provided without fees to eligible persons. However, in some cases, it may be necessary to pay certain costs, where litigation costs are incurred. We do encourage donations.

Our office also enjoys the support of many of the private attorneys throughout the eleven counties that we serve. These attorneys volunteer on many of the cases that we are unable to handle.

SMRLS - Winona Types of Cases We Handle

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services provides help in such areas as:


Landlord/Tenant Problems
Mobile Home Park Law
Subsidized/Public Housing
Substandard Housing
Nursing Homes

Public Benefits

Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
Food Stamps
Medical Assistance
Social Security
Supplemental Security Income
General Assistance
Reemployment Insurance / Unemployment

Family Law

Child Custody/Visitation
Domestic Abuse
Battered Women with Housing Problems

Consumer Problems

Creditor Harassment
Utility shutoffs
Farm Financial Problems


Special Education
Education/Disability info

We also assist with some other civil legal problems that are not listed above.

Information on many of these topics is available at LawHelpMN.org

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services cannot assist with:

Criminal Matters
Real Estate Sales
Personal Injury
Other fee generating cases

SMRLS - Winona How to Reach SMRLS - Winona

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services' Southeast Minnesota office is at 66 East Third Street in Winona. Staff members regularly travel outside Winona to meet with clients in the other counties served.

To find out if you may be eligible for services and make an appointment to meet with one of our attorneys or paralegals, call our Client Intake Line at 1-888-575-2954.
Our toll-free Fax line for new client intakes is 1-866-573-2954.

When you call, we will ask you a few brief questions about the nature of your legal problem, your household financial situation and other information about you. If it appears that you qualify for our services, we will schedule an appointment for you or refer you to one of our attorneys or paralegals to talk with you by telephone about your legal problem.

Write to us at:
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
66 East Third Street, Suite 204
Winona MN 55987-3478

For e-mail, send to: winona@smrls.org

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Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, status with regard to public assistance,
familial status, sexual orientation, disability or any other consideration prohibited by law.


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