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LSSM continues to be here to help. Though our physical offices are closed, all of our staff are continuing to work and advocate for your rights. For the latest information on how to get help and access resources:

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Rebuilding People’s Lives.

Our primary focus is securing orders of protection and safety planning. Learn More
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There are a number of ways that you can help us provide
equal access to justice for Southern Missouri.
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Knowledge, Experience, Trust.

Legal Services of Southern Missouri helps protect
the elderly from illegal or unfair sale and or trade practices.
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Legal Services Of Southern Missouri

Providing Equal Access to Justice for more than 40 Years.
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Serving low-income and elderly people in forty-three counties across southern Missouri!

Legal Services of Southern Missouri (LSSM) is one of four legal services organizations in Missouri funded primarily by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). LSC is a private, not-for-profit corporation created by an Act of Congress to ensure low-income people have equal access to the courts nationwide.

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Domestic/Sexual Violence

We care about victims of domestic and sexual violence. LSSM provides service to adult and child victims of abuse, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking. Our primary focus is securing orders of protection and safety planning.

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Consumer

LSSM assistance ensures that issues such as debt collection and lending practices are done in a lawful manner. LSSM may handle cases such as: bankruptcy, debt collection issues, predatory lending issues, contract issues, and unfair or deceptive sales practices.

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Public Benefits

LSSM provides representation in federal and state administrative hearings to protect the basic necessities of life. These may include: Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, unemployment compensation, TANF/Temporary Assistance, and Missouri Health Net Managed Care Advocacy.

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Community Education/ Outreach

LSSM provides public education and outreach services to partnering agencies and community groups upon request. LSSM covers a variety of topics including: agency information, domestic / sexual violence, family, consumer, housing, public benefits, and elder law.

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Family

LSSM handles some family law matters where the situation may threaten the security or the viability of a family. LSSM may handle the following types of cases: paternity, adoption, name change, and guardianship.

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Housing

LSSM may provide representation to ensure that landlords follow proper procedures in dealing with tenants. LSSM may represent tenants with the following types of cases: lease agreement dispute, landlord lockouts, poor living conditions and public housing issues.

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Elder Law

LSSM may provide assistance with wills, estate planning, and probate matters in limited situations. Simple estate planning may include beneficiary deeds, powers of attorney, and health care directives. We may also provide assistance with guardianships for those who need protection.

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Expungement
Expungement

LSSM provides assistance with expunging or closing an arrest record. These criminal records can be viewed by the public, including potential employers. If you have arrests, charges, or convictions in Missouri we may be able to assist you.

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Legal Information and Forms

The four Missouri Legal Services organizations provide basic legal information for the public.

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Latest News

LSSM News
Economic Impact Payments and Coronavirus Tax Relief
May 1, 2020

A complete toolkit regarding the Economic Impact Payments and Coronavirus Tax Relief is now available for download. We want everyone who is entitled to the EIP payments to receive them....

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Cup of Justice Golf Classic Sponsored by The Bar Plan
October 18, 2017

Legal Services of Southern Missouri (LSSM) hosted its Cup of Justice Golf Classic on Monday, October 9, 2017 sponsored by The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company. LSSM would like to...

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Annual Warren E. Hearnes Golf Tournament
October 6, 2017

Legal Services of Southern Missouri (LSSM) hosted its annual Warren E. Hearnes Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, October 6, 2017. LSSM would like to recognize the following sponsors: Focus Bank...

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