The St. Cloud office of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid has received a grant of Older Americans Act funds from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging to provide legal services for seniors who live in Cass or Crow Wing counties.

The funds will be used to provide legal advice, counseling and representation in court and administrative hearings. There is no cost for these services.

Cass and Crow Wing county residents 60 years or older can get help with legal problems involving Medicare; Social Security; eviction or other housing problems; public benefits, such as medical assistance, food support and fuel assistance; family law issues, including domestic abuse and income maintenance; nursing home problems; home care services; powers of attorney; health care directives; and debt collection.

No help is provided for criminal matters, wills, estate planning or real estate transactions.

Seniors can also call the St. Cloud office of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid toll free at 1-888-360-2889 for help scheduling an appointment.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid accepts contributions for the legal services, but contributions are not required to receive legal help.