South Dakota’s free legal information resources:

www.statebarofsouthdakota.com provides a listing of other available legal resources.

Another great resource is www.ujslawhelp.sd.gov a project of the South Dakota Unified Judicial System to provide information for and guidance to pro se litigants.  This site has individual webpages for protection order assistance, family law support, and information for veterans and active military personnel.

SD Law Help is a collaborative effort to promote equal justice by providing legal assistance, education and resources to qualifying individuals across South Dakota. 

Legal aid programs in South Dakota:

Give free legal help to qualifying South Dakota residents. Mostly they help people whose income is low for a family of that size. Sometimes they help people no matter how much they make. 

Need a free lawyer? Apply for legal aid or pro bono assistance at www.sdlawhelp.org

If you need to hire an attorney, find a local one at:

You may find legal help and information at these places:

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Other helpful resources:

  • 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.
  • Veteran/Active Duty Military Legal Resources

ABA Home Front - www.abahomefront.org ABA Home Front provides legal information, resources, and a directory of legal programs for veterans, service members, and military families. Programs listed include military legal assistance offices, legal aid and pro bono organizations, lawyer referral and information services, and military-specific programs where available.

ABA Military Pro Bono Project - www.militaryprobono.org The ABA Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military attorneys on behalf of junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel facing civil legal issues, and it works to place these cases with pro bono attorneys.