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Adult Representation Services

Dedicated advocacy

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The Hennepin County Adult Representation Services Department is an independent county organization that provides advocacy to clients experiencing poverty in civil matters where they are entitled to an attorney. We connect our clients to resources to support them in achieving self-sufficiency and serve as advocates to protect their rights both in and outside of court.

We are not affiliated with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office or the Hennepin County Child Support Division. Consultation with us is confidential.

Legal advice and representation for tenants facing eviction

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Housing court

We provide legal advice and representation for tenants facing evictions. We understand housing court can be an overwhelming and stressful process. Our goal is to protect your rights and help you maintain stable housing.

We can:

  • Advocate for you with landlords and the courts to ensure your rights are protected
  • Provide legal advice before and during housing court proceedings and represent you in court
  • Negotiate with your landlord to try to resolve issues out of court, or to help you achieve a better outcome if you go to court
  • Help prevent evictions and get evictions removed from your record
  • Connect you with financial assistance and other services to help you achieve stable housing

Contact us with questions or to see if you are eligible.


Legal advice and representation to noncustodial parents

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Family court

We provide legal advice and representation to noncustodial parents who are behind in child support payments and who are facing court action as a result. Our goal is to help you achieve stability so that you can meet your child support obligations.

We can:

  • Provide an opportunity for noncustodial parents to speak with an attorney regarding why they are unable to pay child support
  • Connect to services and opportunities
  • Represent non-custodial parents facing possible jail time of a contempt of court motion
  • Represent parents in paternity matters up to the point of adjudication of paternity

Contact us with questions or to see if you are eligible.


Supporting parents involved with child protection

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Parent representation

We provide legal advice and representation to parents and guardians who are involved with child protection, both before and during court proceedings. We understand working with child protection can be an overwhelming and stressful process. Our goal is to help you and your family prevent court involvement and achieve positive outcomes if you do have to go to court.

We can:

  • Provide legal advice before and during court involvement
  • Represent you in child protection court to help you reach your goals
  • Connect you with services and supports to help your family achieve stability
  • Advocate for you with child protection and the courts to ensure your rights are protected

Contact us with questions or to see if you are eligible.


Legal advice and representation for individuals subject to guardianship or conservatorship

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Probate team

We represent individuals who are subject to guardianship / conservatorship or a guardianship / conservatorship petition. Our goal is to promote your autonomy and ensure any guardianship or conservatorship arrangement is necessary and appropriate.

We can:

  • Protect your procedural rights and ensure petitioners meet legal requirements
  • Work with petitioners to create arrangements that allow you to retain as many of your rights as possible
  • Ensure guardians / conservators are acting in your best interests
  • Represent you in regaining your legal rights if a guardianship / conservatorship is no longer necessary

Contact us with questions or to see if you are eligible.