Providing access to justice for families in crisis.
Legal Assistance of Dakota County, Ltd. (LADC) provides free legal services to low-income residents of Dakota County, primarily in the area of family law. We focus on family law because families are the building blocks of our community and it is the area of greatest client demand. Our services help stabilize low-income families long-term by resolving custody disputes, providing protection from abuse, equitably distributing property, and establishing child support orders that provide economic stability and often reduce or prevent reliance on public benefits..
Our staff and volunteer attorneys provide assistance to over 1200 families each year.
Everyone who contacts LADC gets something: a referral to an appropriate resource; individualized legal advice or brief assistance; or full representation. We also offer weekly family and consumer law clinics at multiple locations, where people can meet with an attorney for free for half an hour.
We help protect victims of domestic violence and child abuse.
- 75-80% of our cases involve domestic violence or child endangerment.
- Out of the array of services specifically designed to help victims of domestic violence, only access to legal services actually decreases domestic violence.
- We provide help in emergency situations, where families would otherwise have to turn to child protection for help.
Your donation to Legal Assistance of Dakota County, Ltd. makes a difference to a family in our community.