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Metro Legal Can Handle All of Your E-Filing Needs

We are set up to complete filings at all the counties currently accepting E-Filings.  Let the team at Metro Legal take care of scanning and monitoring your E-Filings for you.  For information regarding E-Filing, please e-mail or call 612-349-9555.

Residential Owners and Encumbrance Reports

Metro Legal now holds an Abstracter license issued by the State of Minnesota Department of Commerce. We offer a variety of residential searches -- from owner and encumbrance, open mortgage, deed only, updates to a previously conducted search to full 40-year searches. Turnaround time is generally between 36 hours and 72 hours depending upon the type of search requested. Service is offered in the Twin Cities area; all searches are completed at the county terminals where the best access to data is located.

Please contact Troy Lockwood at 612-349-9531 or to request this service.



Metro Legal Services offices will close early on Monday, December 24th, so please try to get all requests in by 1 PM. Our paging service is available after hours, as always.


Metro Legal Services offices will be closed Tuesday, December 25th.


In Minnesota, service of process cannot be made on specific holidays. Minn. Stat. 645.44 (Subd. 5) specifically lists the holidays recognized in Minnesota and then says..."Nor shall any civil process be served thereon."

Subd. 5: Holidays. "Holiday" includes New Year's Day, January 1; Martin Luther King's birthday, the third Monday in January; Washington's and Lincoln's birthday, the third Monday in February; Memorial Day, the last Monday in May; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, the first Monday in September; Christopher Columbus Day, the second Monday in October; Veteran's Day, November 11; Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November; and Christmas Day, December 25; provided when New Year's Day, January 1; or Independence Day, July 4; or Veteran's Day, November 11; or Christmas Day, December 25; falls on Sunday, the following day shall be a holiday and, provided, when New Year's Day, January 1; or Independence Day, July 4; or Veteran's Day, November 11; or Christmas Day, December 25; falls on Saturday, the preceding day shall be a holiday. No public business shall be transacted on any holiday, except business transacted by the legislature; nor shall any civil process be served thereon. However, for the executive branch of the state of Minnesota, "holiday" includes the Friday after Thanksgiving but does not include Christopher Columbus Day. Other branches of state government and political subdivisions shall have the option of determining whether Christopher Columbus Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving shall be holidays. Where it is determined that Columbus Day or the Friday after Thanksgiving is not a holiday, public business may be conducted thereon.

Any agreement between a public employer and an employee organization citing Veteran's Day as the fourth Monday in October shall be amended to cite Veteran's Day as November 11.

Metro Legal Articles

A series of articles written by Vice President and Operations Manager Scott Gray for Attorney at Law Magazine Twin Cities.
Service of Process Made Difficult (October, 2012)
Accountable Practices = Accountable Results (December, 2012)
The Value of Data - Is Your Skip Tracer Licensed (February, 2013)
How Well Do You know Your Process Server (April, 2013)
Complying with Compliance (June, 2013)
What Makes a Process Server a Good Process Server? (August, 2013)
A Look at Substitute Service in Minnesota (October, 2013)
The Cost of Service (February 2014)
Written by John Levesque, Director of Operations