Find Legal Help
The 10th Judicial District Self-Help Center offers assistance for:
- Information on pro bono and low cost legal services
- Information on legal referral services and information about mediation services
- Forms and instructions on completing existing and approved statewide forms. Some fees may apply to forms.
- Information on court procedures
- Help with calculating guideline child support
Washington County Courthouse (First Floor Court Administration Window)
14949 62nd Street North, Stillwater, MN 55082
Hours and Services
- Mondays, Thursdays. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on a first-come first-served basis based on availability.
- Based on staffing, hours/days are subject to change. If you are planning to visit the Self-Help Center in person, please call (763) 760-6699 to confirm the Center is open the day you plan to visit.
- Walk-in hours are not available at this time.
- Staff are available to assist by phone, email, Zoom appointments, and limited in-person appointments. For appointments, contact the Self-Help Center.
- Phone: (763) 760-6699 (voicemails not accepted)
- Email: 10CourtHelp@courts.state.mn.us
- Please note that email response time may be 1-2 business days
The resources below can help if you need to find an attorney for any type of legal issue.
Minnesota State Bar Association – Free online lawyer search and referral service.
MN Legal Referral and Information Services (Paid service) – MNLRIS connects persons with legal issues to one of over 200 qualified private attorneys practicing in over 50 areas of law. Referral counselors are available who can set up appointments with attorneys, provide general information about the legal process, and direct people to appropriate legal resources. MNLRIS is sponsored by the Hennepin and Ramsey County Bar Associations.
MN Unbundled Law Project – Directory of attorneys offering unbundled legal services (also known as limited scope legal services) that are customizable for your needs and budget. Practice areas include family; business; employment; real estate; benefits; housing; wills, trusts, and elder law; consumer protection and debt; and more.
- Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services – Free legal help to low-income and senior citizen clients for civil (non-criminal) legal problems, including family law, government benefits, housing, probate, tax and other matters.
- Volunteer Lawyers Network – Statewide legal services available for low-income clients. Spanish legal services also available. VLN covers topics such as, bankruptcy, civil, employment, family, landlord-tenant, real estate, immigration and tax.
- Minnesota Legal Advice Online – Volunteer attorneys answer legal questions via email for individuals who meet income qualifications.
- Mitchell|Hamline Pro Se Clinic – Mitchell Hamline School of Law students, alumni, and reference librarians volunteer to help individuals represent themselves in court. .
- Children's Law Center of Minnesota – Free Advocacy and legal representation for foster care youth in Minnesota.
- Public Defender Office (10th Judicial District) – Legal services by court appointment for low-income people involved in criminal and juvenile delinquency cases.
- Washington County Criminal Defense Panel Program – The Washington County Criminal Defense Panel Program is a service available to defendants with misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony level offenses who seek representation by an attorney on their case. The program is staffed by private attorneys who are not affiliated with, or endorsed by, the court, prosecutor, or Public Defender's Office. If you are interested in speaking with a panel attorney, contact Shawn Betts, Program Coordinator, at (651) 748-9373.
- Neighborhood Justice Center – Criminal defense and expungement services for low-income residents of Ramsey, Washington and Dakota counties.
- Minnesota Disability Law Center – Free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to individuals with disabilities statewide on legal issues related to their disabilities.
- Tubman Family Crisis & Support Services – Tubman addresses a variety of domestic abuse and family law issues.
- Standpoint – Statewide program serving battered women, their advocates, attorneys and general public in Minnesota.
Housing and Homelessness
- HOME Line – Statewide tenant's rights organization that provides free legal advice to renters in Minnesota
- Estate & Elder Law Services (Volunteers of America) – Attorneys assist clients with wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, powers of attorney, health care directives, guardianship, conservatorship, special needs trusts, Medical Assistance (MA) planning, and real estate matters. All individuals are eligible to receive services at private pay rates and those with disabilities or age 60 and older may qualify to receive services at subsidized rates based on monthly income and asset level.
- Upper Midwest Pension Rights Projects – Regional pension counseling project to provide free legal counseling services to individuals with retirement and pension plan issues.