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

MN Unbundled project launches

The Minnesota Unbundled Law Project—a collaboration between the MSBA and the Hennepin and Ramsey County Bar Associations—went live last month at www.MNunbundled.org. Staff from each of the bar organizations worked over the past six months to develop the roster, design a training program, recruit attorneys, and begin promoting the website. The bar associations received funding from the Minnesota Judicial Branch as part of its Justice for All implementation grant from the National Center for State Courts. 

Participating attorneys offer unbundled (limited scope) legal services via direct referrals of potential clients through the website. The website is easy to use and allows potential clients to search by geographic area and type of legal matter. When there is a match, potential clients receive the names of up to three attorneys and can contact one, or ask to be contacted, through the site.

The bar associations are working with legal aid programs to generate potential referrals—clients who exceed program guidelines or need legal assistance that falls outside program priorities. In addition, court self-help offices can refer potential clients to the Unbundled website for forms review and other related services.

Since this a pilot project, both participating attorneys and clients will be asked for their feedback. We continue to seek attorneys for the project; applicants must meet training, lawyer grievance, and experience requirements. Interested attorneys should contact the project via email at MNunbundled@mnbar.org. 

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