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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
www.smartgivers.orgexternal link

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

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

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


Minnesota State Bar Association

The Minnesota State Bar Association
Attorney Referral Service
www.mnfindalawyer.comexternal link

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 Health
(651) 201-5000 or (888) 345-0823
TTY: (651) 201-5797
www.health.state.mn.usexternal link

Facilities and Provider Compliance Division
(651) 201-4201 or (800) 369-7994

Health Occupations Program Hearing Aid Complaints
(800) 657-3837

Managed Care Section
(651) 201-5100 or (800) 657-3916

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

Minnesota Department of Commerce
(651) 539-1500 or (800) 657-3602
www.mn.gov/commerceexternal link

Energy Information Center
(651) 539-1886
(800) 657-3710 (Greater MN only)
www.mn.gov/commerce/industries/energyexternal link

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

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

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/pucexternal link

 


Minnesota State Boards

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

Senior LinkAge Line
(800) 333-2433

Ombudsman for Long-Term Care
P.O. Box 64971
St. Paul, MN 55164-0971
(651) 431-2555 or (800) 657-3591
www.mnaging.net/Advocate/OLTC.aspxexternal link

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

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

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

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

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

Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators
(651) 201-2730
www.mn.gov/boards/nursing-homeexternal link

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

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

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

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


National Agencies and Resources

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

National Health Information Center
www.health.gov/nhicexternal link

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

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

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

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

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
(877) 382-4357
TTY: (866) 653-4261
www.consumer.ftc.govexternal link

Consumer Product Safety Commission
(800) 638-2772
TTY: (301) 595-7054
www.cpsc.govexternal link

United States Postal Inspection Service
(877) 876-2455
https://postalinspectors.uspis.govexternal link

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.govexternal link


Senior Advocacy Groups

Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging
(218) 745-6733
www.dancingskyaaa.orgexternal link
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, ext. 3 or (800) 232-0707, ext. 3
www.arrowheadaging.orgexternal link
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 external link
Located in North 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.htmlexternal link
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.orgexternal link
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.orgexternal link
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) 387-1256
mnraaa.orgexternal link
The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging has offices in Mankato and Slayton, 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.


Legal Aid Services

Legal Aid Services provide legal assistance to financially disadvantaged persons. Each Legal Aid office has criteria to determine when a person qualifies for legal assistance at little to no cost. Some Legal Aid offices provide assistance only within certain areas of the state or to certain groups of individuals—see specific listings for more information.

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

(888) 575-2954
www.smrls.orgexternal link

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

Albert Lea Office
132 North Broadway
Albert Lea, MN 56007
(507) 377-2831
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

Mankato Office
12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 3000
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387-5588
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

Saint Paul Central Office
400 Alliance Bank Center
55 East 5th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 222-5863
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
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)
Serves Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Olmstead, Wabasha and Winona counties.

Worthington Office
1567 North McMillan Street, Suite 6
Worthington, MN 56187
(507) 372-7368
Serves Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood and Rock counties.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Offices

www.mylegalaid.orgexternal link

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

St. Cloud Office
110 Sixth Avenue South, Suite 200
St. Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 253-0121 or (888) 360-2889
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
Serves Big Stone, Chippewa, Kaniyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Meeker, Renville, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota

www.lasnem.orgexternal link

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

Brainerd Office
P.O. Box 804
324 South Fifth 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 (844) 623-8999
Serves Itasca and Koochiching counties

Pine City Office
1015 Hillside Avenue SW, Suite 4
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

www.lsnmlaw.orgexternal link

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.

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


Anishinabe Legal Services

www.alslegal.orgexternal link
Serves Indian and non-Indian residents of Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth reservations.

Cass Lake (Central) Office
P.O. Box 157
411 First Street Northwest
Cass Lake, MN 56633
(218) 335-2223 or (800) 422-1335

Red Lake Office
P.O. Box 291
Red Lake Agency, Room 18
Highway 1 West
Red Lake, MN 56671
(218) 335-2223, ext. 113

White Earth Office
P.O. Box 379
White Earth Judicial Complex
35500 Eagle View Road
White Earth, MN 56591
(218) 335-2223, ext. 114


Refugee, Immigrant, and Migrant Services

www.smrls.orgexternal link

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

Rochester Office
903 West Center Street, Suite 230
Rochester, MN 55902
(507) 292-0080


Judicare of Anoka County

Judicare of Anoka County, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that provides free legal representation in non-criminal matters to low-income residents of Anoka County.

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


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)