Legal Services of North Dakota

Each year thousands of people call our office for civil legal help. Our Program only learns of a fraction of the issues facing the community. We are asking for your help to identify the most pressing legal needs of low-income and elderly residents of North Dakota. 

The results of the this survey will help our Program spot trends and plan for us to best use our limited resources.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
 
What follows is a list of legal problems low-income and elderly people may experience. 
 
Please rate how big an impact you think each legal problem has on low-income and elderly people in North Dakota. The rating is as follows:
 
1 STAR - The legal problem has no impact
2 STARS - The legal problem has a small impact
3 STARS - The legal problem has a moderate impact
4 STARS - The legal problem has a more than moderate impact but not a great impact
5 STARS - The legal problem has a great impact

* 1. What is your relationship to Legal Services?

* 2. What is your zip code?

* 3. Please select three legal problems that you feel are the most pressing for low income and elderly people in North Dakota.

* 4. EDUCATION PROBLEMS, such as the quality of primary and secondary education offerings, Special Education, Suspensions and Expulsions, transportation, access to education for the homeless, and higher education costs.

* 5. HOUSING PROBLEMS, such as eviction defense, foreclosure prevention, bad housing conditions, condominium disputes, mobile homes, housing affordability, housing discrimination, and subsidy denials and terminations.

* 6. VETERANS PROBLEMS, such as Veterans' Benefits, homelessness, domestic relations, employment, healthcare, mental healthcare, and discharge upgrades.

* 7. EMPLOYMENT PROBLEMS, such as unlawful firing, wage and hours disputes, unlawful discrimination, access to job training, and dangerous workplaces.

* 8. DIGNITY PROBLEMS, such as disrespectful, humiliating, or denigrating treatment by those who are supposed to help.

* 9. ELDER LAW PROBLEMS, such as elder financial abuse, elder physical and emotional abuse, elder access to health care (including nursing home disputes), legal problems associated with behaviors traceable to medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, disability, guardianships of adults, and housing accessibility.

* 10. PRIVATE BENEFITS PROBLEMS, such as employer provided health insurance claims and retirement benefits disputes.

* 11. IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS, such as naturalization, deportation, human trafficking, and immigrant victims of domestic violence.

* 12. MIGRANT FARM WORKERS, such as immigration, housing, employment, health and safety, public benefits, and language access.

* 13. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROBLEMS, such as needing the assistance in the formation of community groups, tenant organizations, and non-profit organizations focused on the needs of low-income and elderly people.

* 14. NATIVE AMERICAN, such as AIPRA wills and estates, domestic violence, government benefits, divorce, custody and visitation, taxes, housing, consumer, juvenile deprivation, health and safety, individual rights, and elder issues.

* 15. CONSUMER PROBLEMS, such as unfair debt collection, identity theft, bankruptcy, utilities, mortgage servicer abuses, consumer fraud, payday lender abuses, loan sharks, student loans, and access to bank accounts and loans.

* 16. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and ABUSE PROBLEMS, such as protective orders, safety planning, relocation, child abuse and neglect, child requiring assistance, guardianship of children, and related family law matters.

* 17. PUBLIC BENEFITS PROBLEMS, such as SNAP (Food Stamps), Emergency Assistance, Disability (SSI and SSDI), Social Security Retirement, Health (Medicaid and Medicare), Veterans benefits, and Unemployment Compensation.

* 18. TAX PROBLEMS, such as tax-return preparation, tax disputes, and tax collection.

* 19. FAMILY LAW PROBLEMS, such as divorce, custody, child support, visitation, paternity, and property division.

* 20. LEGAL INFORMATION AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROBLEMS, such as a lack of information about the law and opportunities to learn it.

* 21. UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION PROBLEMS, such as discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, immigration status, disability, language, and family status.

* 22. HEALTH PROBLEMS, such as access to health care, cost of health care, environmental and pollution issues, pest infestations, and community health/communicable diseases.

* 24. If you wish to offer any explanation or comments to your ratings, or any additional legal problems or needs that you identify with, please comment here.

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