We provide free civil legal help to income eligible individuals through volunteer attorneys.
VLN volunteer lawyers provide legal services in most types of civil issues, such as housing, bankruptcy, family, criminal expungement and debt collection. Services range from advice from an attorney over the phone to representation in court. We offer many legal services on a state-wide basis.
How Our Service Works
When you call our client intake line, a trained specialist will ask questions about your legal issue, your income and assets, and where you live. You may then be referred to a walk-in legal advice clinic, signed up for a phone appointment with an attorney, or put on a waiting list for more extended services. For some services you will speak to a volunteer attorney who will determine if we can help. If VLN is unable to assist you, we will refer you to other agencies whenever possible to get the help you need.
VLN staff answering the client intake phone line are not attorneys and cannot give you legal advice.
Applying for Services
Over the Phone
Call 612-752-6677. Our intake line is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (If you are deaf, you may call TTY at 1-800-627-3529).
Individuals seeking services in the areas of bankruptcy, family, criminal expungement, employment, unemployment comp and housing may also complete an online intake form.
Walk-in intake hours
Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (please arrive by 12:45 to ensure we have time to see you). Spanish language intake available until 12 p.m. (noon). This is screening and intake only, there are not attorneys in the office for you to talk to. If you do not speak English or Spanish and need an interpreter you will need to bring an interpreter with you. We will not be able to provide an interpreter for walk-in intakes, except in Spanish.
Need Immediate Help? VLN offers walk in legal advice clinics on many legal issues. Volunteer attorneys are available to answer questions, review paperwork and provide brief services at these first-come, first served clinics. More information can be found on the VLN Clinics page. Please note, that if you are seeking or are recommended to seek more extensive services, you must apply for VLN services by phone or online.