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Check out the following resources for information about or assistance with a variety of legal and community issues in the state of South Dakota


SD Law Help has information on many legal issues and helpful tips on how to represent yourself in court. There are also guides on many legal topics like custody, divorce, and wills.

SD Free Legal Answers lets eligible individuals ask civil legal questions and receive answers from licensed attorneys all online.

East River Legal Services offers free legal help to eligible individuals in Eastern South Dakota. ERLS and DPLS share the same online application.

The South Dakota State Bar keeps a list of free and low-cost legal resources available within South Dakota. A directory of private attorneys is also available.

Access to Justice (A2J) provides free and low-cost legal help to eligible individuals in South Dakota through volunteer attorneys.

Disability Rights South Dakota provides free legal help to protect and advocate for rights and inclusion of South Dakotans with disabilities.

The Unified Judicial System of South Dakota has a large selection of self-help materials for those filing in state court like divorce, parenting, veteran resources, criminal, and small claims.

The South Dakota Unified Judicial System provides information about all of the state courts in South Dakota. 

Legal Services of North Dakota offers free legal help to eligible individuals living in North Dakota. They have offices throughout the state.


South Dakota Housing Development Authority with local partner agencies are providing emergency housing and utility assistance for South Dakota residents through Federal COVID Stimulus funds.

HUD offers South Dakota specific information on tenant rights and laws for housing. HUD also has resources for evictions and housing assistance, as well as news on housing changes.

South Dakota Consumer Protection offers a guide on understanding housing and tenant rights, as well as how to terminate leases. There are also helpful questions to consider when renting.


The South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic & Sexual Violence has  contact information for shelters and resources throughout the state.

Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI) is committed to providing survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault temporary emergency shelter, food, and supportive services in the Black Hills and Rapid City.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety has a map of available shelters in South Dakota with contact information for survivors. They also have a victims' assistance program providing resources to survivors.



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