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Bench & Bar of Minnesota is the official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Get involved: low-fee family law project

The MSBA and the HCBA are collaborating to provide expanded access to low fee family law representation across the state. The project is part of the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS), providing reduced fee family law services to the working poor. Clients are individuals who are not financially eligible for pro bono legal services, yet cannot afford the services of a private attorney. The project serves clients throughout the state of Minnesota. LRIS staff members screen clients by phone for initial financial eligibility. In order to qualify for services, potential clients must be currently employed or on Social Security and have an income source that falls between 125-250 percent of the federal guidelines. Clients pay a billable rate of $55 per hour. There is a required retainer of $500, with a $30 administrative fee paid by the client.

Attorneys can build their practices through the project. We encourage participation by attorneys interested in expanding their practice to include alternative fee arrangements. In particular, the project seeks to expand the number of attorneys providing unbundled (or limited scope) legal services. Numerous resources exist to help attorneys build unbundled practice into their service mix. For more information, including sample billing and retainer forms, please check the MSBA website at: www.mnbar.org/unbundled. In addition, attorneys are needed throughout the state, especially in greater Minnesota.

Attorneys can contact Dana Rindahl by email at dana@hcba.org or call (612) 752-6627 for additional information about how to apply.

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