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VLN Connecting Clients in Need with Volunteer Lawyers
Volunteer Lawyers Network matches low-income clients with volunteer attorneys for free civil legal services. Services range from advice to full representation. While our main service area is Hennepin County, we also offer select services on a metro-wide or statewide basis. Please call us at 612-752-6677 for further information.
VLN lawyers provide a legal services in a most types of civil issues, such as housing, bankruptcy, family, debt collection, etc. Issues that we do not do include criminal matters, personal injury, worker's compensation, legal or medical malpractice, or any other fee-generating issue.)
To find out if we can help you, please call our client intake line at 612-752-6677
(If you are deaf, you may call TTY at 1-800-627-3529)
An intake worker will ask you questions to determine if VLN can help you.
What types of legal issues do you help with?
Our volunteer lawyers assist in the areas of housing, real estate, family law, civil law, debtor’s rights, bankruptcy, and other issues common to people in poverty.
Our volunteer lawyers provide a wide range of services, ranging from in-person legal advice, telephone advice, brief services (such as a letter, phone call, or court document), and full representation.Which level of service we can provide may depend upon your income, as we are a poverty law service.
We do not do any criminal law, personal injury law, workers compensation, government benefits or appeals cases. If you have a personal injury question, a lawyer may represent you at no cost through Lawyer Referral and Information Service (612-752-6666). If you have a question on government benefits, you may try Legal Aid at 612-334-5970.
Call our Client Intake Line at 612-752-6677. Our intake staff will ask you a number of questions to find out if you meet the criteria established by our Board of Directors. The questions they will ask you will fall into three categories: 1) income and assets; 2) your legal issues; and 3) county of residence and county of case. Please note: our intake staff are not attorneys.
We do not have lawyers in the office. You may want to try looking at www.lawhelpmn.org for answers to many basic legal questions.
That depends on the type of service and your household situation. Our intake staff will ask you specific questions to let you know.
That depends on your specific issue. Here are some general guidelines. All of these time frames depend upon your providing us with any pre-existing legal document or other paperwork that we ask for:
If you need to speak with an attorney immediately, you may try one of our free walk-in legal advice clinics. We have clinics that help with civil issues, family law issues, housing issues, and real estate issues (Information and a map). You may also call Lawyer Referral and Information Service at 612-752-6666. They can set you up for a free 30 minute consult with an attorney. (There is a $30 administrative fee to set up the appointment.) You may also call Legal Aid at 612-334-5970 to see if they can assist you.
If I am not eligible for your services, are there other places I may apply?
VLN provides services to those in poverty who can't afford to hire a lawyer. If you do not fit the criteria established by our board, our staff will make every effort to find a resource that may help you.
One place you may call is the Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the Hennepin County Bar Association. This service provides referrals to lawyers who practice in the area of law that is the caller's concern. A lawyer will provide a half-hour consultation without charge to you (although you will need to pay a $30 administrative charge by the Referral Service). The LRIS lawyers have promised to take a client's ability to pay into consideration in setting fees for additional services.
You may make copies at Kinko's, Office Depot or libraries near you. VLN staff may not make copies.
We will start to assist on your case when we receive copies of your documents. If you need time to save up your money to make the copies, let your case placement coordinator know so he or she knows that you will need a little time before starting your case.
If you wish to drop off your copies rather than mail them, you may do so.