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UJS Self Help Center
Locate court forms and information on how to represent yourself in South Dakota court. 

SD Law Help 
A collaborative effort to promote equal justice by providing legal assistance, education and resources to qualifying individuals across South Dakota. Apply for legal help here.

Access to Justice, Inc. 
The State Bar of South Dakota Pro Bono Program  is a private, nonprofit program whose mission is to encourage local attorneys to do free legal work for civil matters in their communities. For criminal matters, please contact your local public defender’s office.  A2J also provides legal assistance through a modest means (low cost) legal assistance program to individuals living at 200% or below the federal poverty income guidelines who are not veterans, elderly or individuals with disabilities.

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
A secure website where lower income South Dakota residents can ask an attorney for help with a legal issue. Legal Answers uses technology to increase access to legal help while making pro bono easy for attorneys.

Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault & Stalking 
Free legal services, including immigration legal services, are available to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking through the South Dakota Network. 

Disability Rights South Dakota
South Dakota’s gubernatorial designated protection and advocacy (P&A) system provides legal representation and other advocacy services to all eligible persons with disabilities.

Guardianship Establishment Program 
To assist families or friends of adults with developmental disabilities pay legal costs up to $500 associated with establishing a guardianship and/or conservatorship.

South Dakota Guardianship Program
The Guardianship Program is a private, non-profit organization that can provide: (1) professional services for people who need protection; (2) legal assistance with guardianship proceedings; (3) act as Court Representative in cases where the Court requests an objective investigation; (4) conduct Assessments to determine whether guardianship/conservatorship is appropriate; (5) offer estate planning services for parents who have children with disabilities. For assistance, please call: 1-866-228-9119. 

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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