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Seniors Legal Rights

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Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1400
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 296-3353 (Twin Cities Calling Area)
(800) 657-3787 (Outside the Twin Cities)
TTY: (651) 297-7206 or TTY: (800) 366-4812

Charities Review Council
(651) 224-7030 or (800) 733-4483
www.smartgivers.org

Minnesota Extension Service
(612) 624-1222
www.extension.umn.edu

Stratis Health
(formerly the Foundation for Health Care Evaluation)
(952) 854-3306 or (877) 787-2847
www.stratishealth.org

Better Business Bureau of Minnesota
(651) 699-1111 or (800) 646-6222
www.bbb.org/minnesota


Minnesota State Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association
(612) 333-1183 or (800) 882-6722
www.mnbar.org

Minnesota State Bar Association Attorney Referral Service
(800) 292-4152
www.mnfindalawyer.com

Attorney referral numbers for residents of Dakota, Hennepin, and Ramsey counties:
Dakota: (952) 431-3200
Hennepin: (612) 752-6666
Ramsey: (651) 224-1775


Minnesota State Agencies

Minnesota Department of Commerce
(651) 539-1500 or (800) 657-3602
www.commerce.state.mn.us

Minnesota Department of Commerce
Energy Information Center (651) 539-1886
(800) 657-3710 (Greater MN only)
www.mn.gov/commerce/industries/energy

Minnesota Department of Health
(651) 201-5000 or (888) 345-0823
TTY: (651) 201-5797
www.health.state.mn.us

Minnesota Department of Health
Facilities and Provider Compliance Division
(651) 201-4201 or (800) 369-7994

Minnesota Department of Health
Office of Health Facility Complaints
(651) 201-4200 or (800) 369-7994

Minnesota Department of Health
Health Occupations Program Hearing Aid Complaints
(651) 201-3731 or (800) 657-3837

Minnesota Department of Health
Managed Care Section
(651) 201-5100 or (800) 657-3916

Minnesota Department of Human Rights
(651) 539-1100 or (800) 657-3704
TTY: (800) 627-3529
www.mn.gov/mdhr

Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Office of Justice Programs Crime Victims Justice Unit
(651) 201-7310, ext. 3, or
(800) 247-0390, ext. 3

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
(651) 296-0406 or (800) 657-3782
www.mn.gov/puc

Minnesota Department of Revenue
Minnesota Taxpayers’ Helpline
(651) 296-3781
www.revenue.state.mn.us


Minnesota State Boards

Minnesota Board on Aging
(651) 431-2500 or (800) 882-6262
TTY: (800) 627-3529
www.mnaging.net

Senior LinkAge Line
(800) 333-2433

Minnesota Board on Aging Ombudsman for Long-Term Care
(651) 431-2555 or (800) 657-3591
www.mnaging.net/Advocate/OLTC.aspx

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
(612) 617-2130 or (800) 657-3709
www.mn.gov/boards/medical-practice/

Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners
(651) 201-2850
www.mn.gov/boards/chiropractic-examiners

Minnesota Board of Dentistry
(612) 617-2250
(888) 240-4762 (non metro)
www.mn.gov/boards/dentistry

Minnesota Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice
(651) 201-2764
www.mn.gov/boards/dietetics-and-nutrition

Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board
(for ambulance services)
(651) 201-2800
www.mn.gov/boards/emsrb

Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators
(651) 201-2731
www.mn.gov/boards/nursing-home

Minnesota Board of Optometry
(651) 201-2762
www.mn.gov/boards/optometry

Minnesota Board of Nursing
(612) 317-3000
www.mn.gov/boards/nursing

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy
(651) 201-2825
www.mn.gov/boards/pharmacy

Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy
(612) 627-5406
www.mn.gov/boards/physical-therapy


National Agencies and Resources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(877) 696-6775
www.hhs.gov

National Health Information Center
www.health.gov/nhic

Social Security Administration
(800) 772-1213
TTY : (800) 325-0778
www.ssa.gov

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Minneapolis Office
(763) 569-8000
www.fbi.gov/minneapolis

United States Secret Service
Minneapolis Field Office
(612) 348-1800
www.secretservice.gov

IRS Taxpayer Assistance
(800) 829-1040
TTY: (800) 829-4059
www.irs.gov

Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”)
(877) 382-4357
TTY: (866) 653-4261
www.consumer.ftc.gov

Consumer Product Safety Commission
(800) 638-CPSC
TTY: (301) 595-7054
www.cpsc.gov

United States Postal Inspection Service
(877) 876-2455
postalinspectors.uspis.gov

Check Verification Companies
Certegy Check Service: (800) 237-3826
Chexsystems: (800) 428-9623
Global Payments: (800) 367-2638
SCAN: (800) 262-7771
TeleCheck: (800) 710-9898

National Highway Traffic Safety Commission
Vehicle Safety Hotline
(888) 327-4236
TTY: (800) 424-9153
www.safercar.gov


Senior Advocacy Groups

Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging
(218) 745-6733
www.dancingskyaaa.org
Located in Warren, this office serves  seniors  in  Becker,  Beltrami, Clay,  Clearwater,  Douglas,  Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail,  Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin counties.

Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging
(218) 722-5545 or (800) 232-0707
www.arrowheadaging.org
Located in Duluth, this office serves seniors  in  Aitkin,  Carlton,  Cook, Itasca,  Koochiching,  Lake,  and  St. Louis counties.

Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
(651) 641-8612
www.tcaging.org
Located in St. Paul, this office serves seniors in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties.

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Area Agency on Aging
(218) 335-8586 or (888) 231-7886
mnchippewatribe.org/elder_services.html
Located in Cass Lake, this office serves seniors on the Bois Forte, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, and White Earth Reservations.

Central Minnesota Council on Aging
(320) 253-9349
www.cmcoa.org
Located in Sartell, this office serves seniors in Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright counties.

Southeastern Minnesota Area Agency on Aging
(507) 288-6944
www.semaaarochestermn.org
Located  in  Rochester,  this  office serves  seniors  in  Dodge,  Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona counties.

Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging
(507) 317-1256
The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging has four regional offices and serves seniors in Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Swift, Waseca, Watonwan, and Yellow Medicine counties.


Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Administrative Office
1000 Alliance Bank Center
55 East 5th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 228-9823
www.smrls.org

Albert Lea Office
132 North Broadway
Albert Lea, MN 56007
(507) 377-2831
(800) 223-0280 (clients only)
(888) 575-2954 (new clients)
Serving Faribault, Freeborn, Mower, Rice, and Steele counties.

Eastside and American Indian Branch Office
579 Wells Street, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55130
(651) 222-5863
(651) 222-4731 (clients only)

Mankato Office
12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 3000
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387-5588
(800) 247-2299 (clients only)
(888) 575-2954 (new clients)
Serves Blue Earth, Brown, LeSueur, Martin, McLeod, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan counties (also seniors living in Faribault county).

Rochester Office
903 West Center Street, Suite 230
Rochester, MN 55902
(507) 292-0080
(888) 575-2954 (for clients)

Saint Paul Central Office
400 Alliance Bank Center
55 East 5th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 222-5863
(651) 222-4731 (new clients)
(651) 224-7301 (new senior clients)
Serving Carver, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties (also seniors living in Dakota county).

Shakopee Office
712 Canterbury Road South
Shakopee, MN 55379
(952) 402-9890
(651) 222-4731 (new clients)
Serving LSC clients in Carver, Dakota and Scott counties and Seniors in Carver and Scott counties.

Winona Office
66 East Third Street, Suite 204
Winona, MN 55987-3478
(507) 454-6660 (voice or TTY)
(800) 372-8168 (clients only)
(888) 575-2954 (new clients)
Serves Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Olmstead, Wabasha and Winona counties.

Worthington Office
1567 N. McMillan Street, Suite 6
Worthington, MN 56187
(507) 372-7368
(800) 233-0023 (clients only)
(888) 575-2954 (new clients)
Serves Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood and Rock counties.


Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Offices

Minneapolis Office
430 First Avenue North, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1780
(612) 334-5970
(612) 332-4668 (TDD)
www.mylegalaid.org

St. Cloud Office
110 6th Avenue South
Suite 200 St. Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 253-0121 or (888) 360-2889
www.mylegalaid.org
Serves Benton, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, and Wright counties

Willmar Office
415 Seventh Street SW
P.O. Box 1866 Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-9600 or (888) 360-3666
www.mylegalaid.org
Serves Big Stone, Chippewa, Kaniyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Meeker, Renville, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties


Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota

Administrative Office:
Duluth Office

302 Ordean Building
424 West Superior Street Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 623-8100 or (855) 204-1697
www.lasnem.org
Serves Carlton, Cook, Lake and southern St. Louis counties

Local Offices:
Brainerd Office

P. O. Box 804
324 South 5th Street, Suite A Brainerd, MN 56401
(218) 829-1701 or (800) 933-1112
Serves Aitkin, Cass, and Crow Wing counties

Grand Rapids Office
350 NW 1st Avenue, Suite F
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 322-6020 or (800) 708-6695
Serves    Itasca    and    Koochiching counties

Pine City Office
235 Main Street
South Pine City, MN 55063
(320) 629-7166 (voice/TTY) or
(800) 382-7166
Serves Pine and Kanabec counties

Virginia Office
Olcott Plaza, Suite 200
820 North Ninth Street Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 749-3270 (voice/TTY) or
(800) 886-3270


Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota

Administrative Office:
Moorhead Office

P.O. Box 838
1015 Seventh Avenue North
Moorhead, MN 56560
(218) 233-8585 or (800) 450-8585
www.lsnmlaw.org
Serves Becker. Clay, Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau and Wilkin counties

Alexandria Office
426 Broadway Street
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 762-0663 or (800) 450-2552
Serves Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wadena counties [seniors living in Wadena county are served by St. Cloud Area Legal Services].

Bemidji Office
215 Fourth Street NW
P.O. Box 1883 Bemidji, MN 56619
(218) 751-9201 or (800) 450-9201
Serves Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties.

Anishinabe Legal Services
P.O. Box 157
411 First Street NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
(218) 335-2223 or (800) 422-1335
www.alslegal.org
Serves Indian and non-Indian residents of Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth reservations.

Judicare of Anoka County
1201 89th Avenue NE, Suite 310
Blaine, MN 55434
(763) 783-4970
www.anokajudicare.org


Refugee, Immigrant, and Migrant Services

St. Paul Office
450 North Syndicate Street,
Suite 285
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 291-2837
www.smrls.org

Rochester Office
2500 Valleyhigh Drive NW Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 289-5960
www.smrls.org

Moorhead Office
1015 7th Avenue North
Moorhead, MN 56560
(701) 232-8872
www.smrls.org


Restrict Sharing Information

Use this letter to write to banks, charities, and other organizations with which you do business, telling them not to sell or give out your name or personal information.

Sample Letter to Restrict Sharing Information (PDF)


When a Charity or Fundraiser Calls, Ask Questions and Take Notes!

Use this form to make notes of conversations with telephone solicitors. Keep copies of this form handy.

Questions for Charities (PDF)