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Eligibility Guidelines

Access Justice’s goal is to serve low- and moderate-income people who not only can’t get pro bono (free) legal services, but who also can’t afford the high fees of most lawyers (ranging from $200 to $800 per hour or more!). Currently, we are giving priority to clients whose family income is between 125% and 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). See the tables below for more information. Access Justice will also consider providing you with legal services in special cases where legal services are unavailable, even though you fall below 125% or above 300% of the FPG. Access Justice will also take into account a person’s or family’s assets in determining eligibility.

Whenever possible (if funding permits), we intend to provide free legal services wherever possible to those whose incomes are no more than 250% of the FPG; and reduced rate services (fixed fee or sliding scale rates of $1 to $99 per hour) to those falling between 250% and 300% of the FPG. For those unserved individuals who earn between 300%-350% of the FPG, Access Justice will provide legal services on a low bono basis in certain situations where the legal issues at stake could have devastating consequences without professional legal representation, such as foreclosure, eviction, or bankruptcy.

If you can find yourself on the tables below, you are likely to be eligible for our services. In any event, you must fill out and submit an Eligibility Form and a Request for Legal Services Form before we will actually represent you. In determining eligibility, AJ will calculate deductions from your income for expenses that are out of the ordinary (e.g. child or spousal support, medical expenses, etc.). For example:

You are in an average family of 4 people, and both you and your spouse work. Both of you make about $3,000 a month, but one of your children has been sick often this year, and your medical expenses have been about $750 a month. The table says that, at $6,000 a month, you make more than 300% of the federal poverty level. However, subtracting your medical expenses brings your family income down to $5,250 a month—less than the $5,588 on the table, so you would be financially eligible for AJ legal services.

Access Justice Guidelines

Based on the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines


Nonprofit Organization or Small Business

If you are seeking legal services in relation to an issue involving a nonprofit group or organization or a small business, the nonprofit organization or group itself must be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and the owner of the small business must be able to qualify individually as a client of Access Justice.

Application process:

At Access Justice, we know how difficult it can be to apply for any kind of low cost or free services, so our process is extremely streamlined. In order to find out if you qualify for legal assistance from AJ, all you need do is fill out the short Eligibility Form. Please submit this Eligibility Form and the Request for Legal Services Form, in order to qualify for legal assistance.

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This courageous effort is just what the doctor ordered.- - The Honorable Lawrence D. Cohen
Through our work with you, people in the Somali community will be able to get real legal assistance… There is no other firm like AJ.- - Dahir Mirreh Jibreel, Executive Director, Somalia Justice Advocacy Center
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You have launched a law firm that has long been needed!- - Deborah Randolph, Retired Minnesota Attorney
You seem to be attempting something I've been thinking (maybe dreaming) about for many years.- - Bob Seng, Assistant General Counsel, Target Corporation
This legal service model is desperately needed. - - Betsy Sitkoff, J-CHAI Coordinator, Jewish Family and Children’s Services

Quick contact


Access Justice, PSC
310 4th Avenue S Suite 1006
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612.879.8092
Toll Free: 1.877.999.AJ OK (2565)
Fax: 612.879.8707

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About company

Access Justice is a nonprofit, full service public interest law firm committed to providing quality, affordable (or free) legal services to low- and moderate-income persons who have no access to our legal system.

Access Justice is a Minnesota Professional Services Corporation operating under the trade name “Access Justice.” An attorney-client relationship with Access Justice will only be created upon the signing of a formal representation agreement between Access Justice and a client.

Access Justice is a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations to AJ are tax deductible. Donate.

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