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UJS Self Help Center
Locate printable forms, instructions and information for individuals representing themselves (Pro Se) in a South Dakota Court.

SD Law Help 
Individuals seeking legal assistance through Access to Justice, Dakota Plains Legal Services, or East River Legal Services may access the online application system on the SD Law Help website here.

Access to Justice, Inc.
The State Bar of South Dakota’s non-profit legal services program that provides free and reduced-rate civil legal assistance to income-eligible persons in South Dakota.

East River Legal Services
A private, non-profit legal organization that provides free civil legal assistance to low income persons in 33 counties in eastern South Dakota.

Dakota Plains Legal Services 
A private, non-profit legal organization that provides free legal assistance to low income persons in 33 counties in western South Dakota and all reservations within the state of South Dakota. Accepts civil legal issues and tribal criminal and civil issues. 

SD Free Legal Answers
SD Free Legal Answers is a secure website where lower income South Dakota residents can ask an attorney for help with a legal question. SD Free Legal Answers uses technology to increase access to legal help while making pro bono easier for attorneys.

Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault & Stalking 
A variety of services and resources are available to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking through the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault and it’s member organizations.

Disability Rights South Dakota
Disability Rights South Dakota is a non-profit legal services agency dedicated to protecting and advocating for rights and inclusion of South Dakotans with disabilities.

Guardianship Establishment Program & South Dakota Guardianship Program
The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) provides Guardianship assistance through two programs.  The Establishment Program is designed to assist families or friends of adults residing in South Dakota that are in need of a guardianship or conservatorship.  The program can help pay legal costs up to $500 when associated with establishing a guardianship or conservatorship.  The DHS Guardianship Program provides guardianship and/or conservatorship service through court appointment for adults who are receiving services or financial assistance from DHS and who have no other individual or entity qualified and/or willing to serve in this capacity.

American Civil Liberties Union
A private, non-profit that accepts individual and class action lawsuits that have the potential to change the law and broaden and strengthen civil liberties in South Dakota.

Tax Assistance 
The USD School of Law federal tax clinic provides free legal representation to low-income people in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) while allowing law students to practice tax law.

IRS Taxpayer Advocate
Ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and knows and understands their rights.

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