Low-Cost Legal Representation For Those Who Qualify

Who Qualifies?

What We Do

Legal Representation Organization (“LRO”) is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit Legal Aid Organization focused on serving low to moderate income clients in the Expedited Child Support Process in Minnesota statewide.

LRO advocates for mothers and fathers who cannot afford traditional legal fees, but who may not qualify for traditional legal aid services.


Who Qualifies?

LRO offers low-cost representation to people who may not qualify for cost-free representation. You may qualify for services if your household income is less than 400% of the Federal Poverty Line.


Flat Rate Pricing

LRO provides predictable and affordable flat-fee representation so clients know up front how much their legal matter will cost. Consult the chart below to see how much our services would cost for you.

Table for 48 Contiguous States and D.C. Poverty Guidelines (Annual)

Persons In Household100%133%138%150%200%250%300%400%
1$12,060$16,040$16,643$18,090$24,120$30,150$36,180$48,240
2$16,240$21,599$22,411$24,360$32,480$40,600$48,720$64,960
3$20,420$27,159$28,180$30,630$40,840$51,050$61,260$81,680
4$24,600$32,718$33,948$36,900$49,200$61,500$73,800$98,400
5$28,780$38,277$39,716$43,170$57,560$71,950$86,340$115,120
6$32,960$43,837$45,485$49,440$65,920$82,400$98,880$131,840
7$37,140$49,396$51,253$55,710$74,280$92,850$111,420$148,560
8$41,320$54,956$57,022$61,980$82,640$103,300$123,960$165,280

Reading the Table:

If you are single: To calculate your income, include all wages, self-employment, interest, dividends, rental, pension, Social Security, unemployment and any other payments made to you. To calculate your household, include yourself and your biological children.

If you are married: To calculate you and your spouses combined incomes, include all wages, self-employment, interest, dividends, rental, pension, Social Security, unemployment and any other payments made to you and your spouse. To calculate your household, include you, your biological children, your spouse and your step-children.

Fee based on Income Level:

IFP Eligible     =   $450
Below 138%   =   $450 plus court filing fees
Below 150%   =   $475 plus court filing fees
Below 200%   =   $500 plus court filing fees
Below 300%   =   $550 plus court filing fees
Below 400%   =   $600 plus court filing fees
Over 400%     =   Not eligible for services


The Expedited Child Support Process

Legal Representation Organization (“LRO”) is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit Legal Aid Organization.

In 1999, the Supreme Court promulgated the rules for the Expedited Child Support Process. Those rules created a leal process in which people can address their child support concerns in a way that is more streamlined, uniform across the state, easily accessible to moms and dads, and that results in timely and consistent issuance of orders. Not all child support cases can be heard in the Expedited Child Support Process. The Rules say that a matter shall be heard in the Expedited Process if there is a “IV-D” case open with the County. A IV-D case is a matter in which the County is involved with your family to establish and/or collect child support. Often the County is involved because one or both of the parents and/or the child(red) are the recipient of a public benefit. Prior to engaging in services, LRO will help you determine if your case can be heard in the Expedited Child Support process.


Testimonials

[W]anted to thank you again for all your help through this. I know I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own. I’ll definitely keep you in mind if any other situations come up. And I’ll definitely refer you to others, if I know anyone looking for help as well!


I can’t thank you enough for all of your help with this, you have done an amazing job; just like the other motions you have helped me with. I want to let you know that I always feel that you are genuinely concerned about me and my children. Thank you so much!


Testimonials - Legal Representation Organization

I went in [to my hearing] feeling confident and prepared…Thanks again for all of your help!


Thank you for your continued help with my case and doing such a fantastic job explaining things and making it as easy as possible to get through. You have no idea how grateful I am to have you on this case!



About

LRO is overseen by a five-member Board of Directors. Nicole Billings serves as the Director of LRO in addition to her running her private law practice.

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Nicole E. Billings, JD MSW


Director and Staff Attorney

Phone: (952) 923-4142
Email: nicole@legalrep.org

Nicole has worked with mothers, fathers and children for over nineteen years, first as a Child Welfare Social Worker, then as an attorney in the family and juvenile courts. Her solution-focused approach to advocacy developed through her multidisciplinary training and professional experiences, as well as from her real-life experiences while raising her fifteen-year-old daughter Anna. Ms. Billings has earned the trust of her clients and the respect of her peers. She has been named a Rising Star© by Super Lawyers©, an honor bestowed upon only 2% of practicing attorneys in Minnesota, and she has done so for 6 consecutive years.


Experience:

  • 2016 to Present: Legal Representation Organization, Director/Attorney
  • 2014 to Present: Solution-Focused Family Law, Attorney:
  • 2013-2014: Lubov and Associates, Attorney
  • 2009-2013: Tuft & Lach, Clerk/Attorney
  • 2009: Hallberg Criminal Defense, Law Clerk
  • 2008: City of Edina, Externship
  • 2008: Anoka County Public Defenders Office, Externship
  • 2008: Ramsey County, Judicial Externship
  • 2000; 2003-2009: Iowa Department of Human Services, Social Worker
  • 2002-2003: Lutheran Social Services, In Home Family Therapist
  • 2001-2002: Goodwill Industries, Social Worker
  • 2000-2001: Alternative Services, In Home Family Therapist
  • 1999-2000: Exceptional Persons, Skills Worker and Respite Provider


Contact

Office located at:
Legal Representation Organization
5775 Wayzata Blvd., Ste. 700
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Phone: (952) 923-4142

Email: nicole@legalrep.org