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Legal Assistance

Benefit Category: State

Legal Services of North Dakota

Is a non-profit organization, providing legal assistance in a variety of matters to low income and elderly North Dakotans. Help is available by calling these toll free numbers.

Under age 60 call toll-free 1-800-634-5263
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST.

Age 60+ call toll-free 1-866-621-9886
Monday - Thursday between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST.
Friday between 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. CST.

Also check out the Attorney Directory for North Dakota's Veterans, Service Members, & Families.

National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)

NVLSP's Lawyers Serving Warriors® program offers pro bono (that is, free) legal help with disability issues to veterans from all eras. Their current pro bono initiative is to assist veterans with two types of disability claims -- applications for Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) and applications to the Physical Disability Board of Review for an increase in the military disability rating.

Their attorneys are experts in the law governing military and veterans’ disability benefits, and they use this expertise to train and mentor volunteer lawyers so they are prepared and qualified to handle disability cases. This ensures that every service member and veteran whom they serve receives top notch legal representation. 

Stateside Legal

This website was developed for members of the military, veterans, their families and advocates. Their goal is to help you:

  • access benefits
  • find free legal help, and
  • better understand your legal issues

Many websites provide information for military households or veterans.  Here their goal is to index the best legal information available in one easy-to-use site. The also have interactive forms, videos, and legal analysis, trying to deliver answers to your questions using Plain English.

VA Legal Help for Veterans

Some VA facilities host non-VA legal service providers that can assist Veterans free of charge.  Click here to see a list of those legal service clinics.  The VA Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Specialist at the closest VA Medical Center may be another source of information about the clinics. 

If you need legal assistance, you may contact one of the listed legal service clinics, visit www.statesidelegal.org, or contact:

Clanci Barnhart
​Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator
​Fargo VA Medical Center
2101 Elm St. N
Fargo, ND 58102

(701) 239-3700 ext 4568

Email: clanci.barnhart@va.gov

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (Pro Bono Program) was created in 1992, with a dual mission: to provide assistance to unrepresented veterans or their family members who have filed appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court); and to recruit and train attorneys in the then fledgling field of veterans’ law.

Each appellant who requests Pro Bono Program assistance receives a thorough review of his or her appeal. An appellant whose case is not accepted by the Program receives substantive legal advice about his or her case and an explanation as to why the Pro Bono Program cannot place the appeal with a volunteer attorney.

Mission:  Every veteran or survivor who has taken an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims, who has a legally credible claim, and who wishes to be represented by counsel, shall have competent representation.

Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 37-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and /or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).