Tip of the Month

Since April 2006, VLN volunteers have been receiving the popular “Tip of the Month,” a short summary of an area of law (often new) that we think our volunteers will find useful.

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June – How to Clear Judgments After Completing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

May – Tackling Wage Theft

April – Service of Process Changes for Family and Civil Cases

March – How to Read a Register of Actions (ROA) for Criminal Expungement Purposes

February – Working with Gender Diverse Clients


January – Car Title Transfers for Private Sales

Click here for the Fact Sheet: HOW TO SELL A USED CAR TO A PERSON
Click here for the Fact Sheet: WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOU SOLD A CAR


December – Understanding the Proposed Rule Change for Public Charge: “What do I tell my client?”

November – Holiday Spending

October – Working with Interpreters

September – Volunteer Resources

August – Criminal Expungement in Minnesota — Quick Reference Guide

July – Minnesota’s New Parenting Expense Adjustment in Calculating Child Support

June – “Legal Check-ups,” Family Preparedness and Transmitting Hope

May – Help with Common Challenges at Legal Clinics

April – Creating an Electronic Filing and Service (eFS) Account for Individual Attorneys with a Pro Bono-Only Practice

March – First Meeting with a Bankruptcy Client

February-DACA Renewal Update

January-The Cold Weather Rule Update


December-Statutes of Limitation, Statutes of Repose and Notice Requirements – At a Glance

November-There is no such thing as “judgment-proof.”

October-Credit Reports & the Equifax Breach

September-Current Information about the DACA Program and DACA Renewal Help

August-Important Information about Passports and Passports for Minor Children

July-Communication in the Landlord-Tenant Relationship

June-The Essential Skills for Counseling and Problem Solving at Clinics
Click here to read the full manual, updated June 2017

May-CLE Credit for Pro Bono Representation through VLN

April-Family Preparedness Toolkit – Minnesota

March-Travel Ban Update

February-Becoming an Emeritus Pro Bono Attorney through VLN

January-Post Election Advice for the Refugee and Immigrant Communities


December-Understanding Stress at a Stressful Time of Year

November-Filing Claims in Conciliation Court

October-Family Court Guardians ad Litem – Knowing the Basics

September-Criminal Expungement in Minnesota

August – VLN Staff Directory

July – Case Handling Protocols

June – CLE Credit for Pro Bono

May – Using Google Voice to Connect and Communicate with Clients

April – Working With Interpreters

March – Eviction Expungements and Referrals

February – How to Appeal a Contested Conciliation Court Judgment to District Court in Hennepin County

January – 10 Years of the VLN Tip of the Month


December – Representing Clients who have a Mental Illness

November – Cold Weather Rule

October – Working with Undocumented Clients

September – Immigration: Status of the 11/20/2014 Executive Orders

August – Notary Requirements for Court Documents

July – The Impact of Race on Pro Bono Services

June – Criminal Expungement Document Assembly Tool

May – Introduction to Financial Coaching

April – Pawned Property in Bankruptcy

March – Cancellation of Debt

February – Vacate Default Judgments in Hennepin County Conciliation Court

January – Attorney – Social Worker Collaboration


December – Unpaid Wage Claims

November – Using the New Criminal Expungement Law

October – Helping Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Obtain and Retain Safe and Affordable Rental Housing

September – Unaccompanied Minors and Accelerated Immigration Court Procedures

August – Conciliation Court Update

July – DACA Renewal Applications

June – Criminal Expungement Law Update

May – Legal Resources & eTools on MN Court Websites

April – Brief Focused Assessments in Hennepin County Family Court

March – Minnesota Property Tax Refund for Renters and Homeowners

February – Helping Victims of Identity Theft

January – The Case for Legal Services


December – Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

November – Eviction Service Requirements

October – Contempt Proceedings in Family Court

September – Changes in Minnesota Foreclosure Law

August – Assigned Consumer Debt Default Judgments

July – Emergency Relief in Family Court

June – CLE Credit for Pro Bono

May – Working with Pro Bono Clients Wiki

April – Emertis Attorney Program

March – Online Intake

February – Basics of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

January – Filing Criminal Expungments as a VLN Volunteer


December – VLN Clinics Wiki

November – Bankruptcy and Family Law

October – New IFP/Fee Waiver Procedures in the 4th Judicial District

September – Assisting in Collections Lawsuits

August – Mandatory eFile and eServe

July – Immigration Terms

June – Statutes of Limitations, Statutes of Repose and Notice Requirements – At A Glance

May – Immigration Based Affidavits of Support in Family Court

April – Changes to Minnesota Rules of Family Court

March – Helping Victims of Domestic Violence Escape Dangerous Rental Housing

February – General Civil Clinic Resources Index

January – Tax Refund Interception on Account of Discharged Debt

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