Seek Help

The Volunteer Attorney Program (VAP) connects income eligible individuals with private attorneys who provide pro bono legal assistance. VAP volunteer attorneys provide assistance for civil matters including:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Consumer credit
  • Criminal record expungement
  • Employment
  • Family law
  • Government benefits
  • Housing
  • Landlord-tenant
  • Real property
  • Wills and estate planning cases

Please note, we do not provide attorneys to assist with criminal matters or fee generating matters, such as those involving a personal injury.

If you are interested in VAP services, please apply for assistance.

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Apply by Phone

Call the VAP office at 218-723-4005 or toll free at 1-800-529-2431

Our client intake phone lines are open:
Monday – Friday from 9am – 12pm

**Starting in January 2018, we will be offering extended phone intake hours to accommodate potential clients.

Apply in Person

Stop by the VAP office to apply in person. Our office is located in the Torrey Building of downtown Duluth.

314 West Superior Street
Suite 1000
Duluth, MN 55802

Serving Northeastern Minnesota

VAP currently serves the following eleven counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Lake, Kanabec, Koochiching, Pine, and St. Louis. Please see our map to learn whether there is an Ask an Attorney close to you. If we do not currently offer an Ask an Attorney within 60 miles of you, we will talk with you about other options available to you through VAP.

Our Service Area

Our Service Area Cook Lake St. Louis Aitkin Carlton Cass Crow Wing Itasca Koochiching Kanabec Pine

Counties We Serve

  • Aitkin - Offering an Ask an Attorney Program once a month at the Aitkin County Courthouse. Please complete a new client intake to sign up.
  • Carlton - Offering an Ask an Attorney Program once a month at the Carlton County Courthouse. Please complete a new client intake to sign up.
  • Cass - Please complete a new client intake with our office and we will schedule you an appointment with a volunteer attorney.
  • Cook - Please complete a new client intake with our office and we will schedule you an appointment with a volunteer attorney.
  • Crow Wing - Offering an Ask an Attorney Program once a month at the Crow Wing County Courthouse. Please complete a new client intake to sign up.
  • Itasca - Offering an Ask an Attorney Program once a month at the Itasca County Courthouse. Please complete a new client intake to sign up.
  • Kanabec - Offering an Ask an Attorney Program once a month at the Kanabec County Courthouse. Please complete a new client intake to sign up.
  • Koochiching - Offering an Ask an Attorney Program every other month at the Backus Community Center. Please complete a new client intake to sign up.
  • Lake - Please complete a new client intake with our office and we will schedule you an appointment with a volunteer attorney.
  • Pine - Offering an Ask an Attorney Program once a month at the Pine County Courthouse. Please complete a new client intake to sign up.
  • St. Louis
    • Offering an Ask an Attorney Program every week at the SLC - Duluth Courthouse, and a Consumer Credit Advocacy Clinic monthly at the Gerald W. Heaney Federal Courthouse in Duluth. Please complete a new client intake to sign up for either of these programs.
    • Offering an Ask an Attorney Program once a month at the SLC – Hibbing Courthouse.Please complete a new client intake to sign up.
    • Offering an Ask an Attorney Program once a month at the SLC - Virginia Courthouse. Please complete a new client intake to sign up.
  • What is the Ask an Attorney Program?

    Our Ask an Attorney Program gives people the opportunity to meet with a volunteer attorney to ask questions and discuss legal matters for approximately 15 minutes. We ask that you please bring any documents concerning your legal matter with you to this meeting. A volunteer attorney will help you determine the next best steps in your legal matter and will communicate those next steps to our office.We will contact you after your meeting with the volunteer attorney and let you know whether you may be eligible for further services through VAP. We ask that you respond to requests for documents as quickly as possible, so we can move swiftly on your case.

    We are fortunate to work with an excellent group of volunteer attorneys. However, this also means that our resources fluctuate and can be limited at times. You remain responsible for your legal matter throughout our efforts to place your file with a volunteer attorney.

    Kids First

    Our Kids First program is designed for parents involved in shared custody proceedings. Parents are court ordered to attend this type of program if custody is to be resolved in their legal matter before the court.

    Learn about our Kids First program

    How has the Volunteer Attorney Program made a difference in your life?

    "I came into the Volunteer Attorney Program feeling the most scared I’ve ever been. The staff members I talked to made me feel at ease right away. They were very kind and professional. I then got signed up to meet with an attorney face-to-face to answer my questions and help me decide what I should do next. The volunteer attorney at the courthouse was patient and respectful to me. They helped me to learn what my options were and how VAP could help. I’m very thankful for this program."

    "My volunteer attorney always greeted me with a smile, and would genuinely show care for me and my situation. I was nervous just being in a courtroom, but my attorney always helped me to feel comfortable and she always made sure to ask if I had any questions. She was a strong advocate for me, and thanks to her help, things turned out better than I thought they would. I don't know what I would have done without her. I am thankful that attorneys volunteer to help people in my situation."

    "I don’t know where to begin to say thank you. When I think of how different my life could have ended up without my volunteer attorney’s help, it brings me to tears. Even though he did not live in my hometown, he was always quick to respond when I had questions. He took the time to make sure I understood what was happening, and he was always kind and respectful to me. I’m very grateful that I had him as my volunteer attorney."

    "I tried representing myself in court before and it didn't go well. Luckily, I heard about VAP and went to an Ask an Attorney. It made a huge difference for me to have a volunteer attorney. He explained things to me that I didn't understand. He was the best attorney I could have hoped to have in my corner."