CMLS Staff and Volunteers Help Prevent Homelessness

According to an updated study released by the Wilder Foundation in March of 2010, the number of homeless people in Minnesota has risen sharply compared to an earlier Wilder Foundation Report in 2006.  Among other causes, the economic recession has created a new unemployed population and impacted their ability to find or pay for affordable housing.

Message from the Executive Director

On behalf of our staff and clients, we thank our volunteer attorneys for donating your talents and time to make the ideal of “equal justice under law” a reality for our clients.  In 2010, CMLS continued its advocacy on behalf of families vulnerable to abuse, neglect and other major economic disruptions in their lives.  CMLS staff successfully obtained many protective orders and divorces for victims of domestic violence.

Give to the Max Day

11/16/2011 (All day)

Support Central Minnesota Legal Services on Give to the Max Day
CMLS has experienced one cut from the Legal Services Corporation this year and a second cut is likely coming in 2012.  Diversifying the funding sources helps make a difference in maintaining the legal services delivered by staff and the Volunteer Attorney Program.

Please consider supporting CMLS by taking advantage of this matching grant opportunity.  You can find us at:

Seminar on Bankruptcy and Credit Issues

10/27/2011 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

The Volunteer Attorney Program of Central Minnesota Legal Services, in St. Cloud, is offering a seminar entitled “Bankruptcy and Credit Issues," on Thursday afternoon, October 27, 2011, from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. This seminar will be held at the Great River Regional Library 1300 West St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN.  
William P. Kain, Esq. of Lund, Kain, & Scott, PA, in St. Cloud, will be the presenter at this Community Education Seminar. During his presentation, Mr. Kain will discuss Credit Basics, How credit Affects One’s Ability to Conduct Everyday Business, How to Obtain a Credit Report, Credit Scores, Reporting Credit Report Errors, Debt Management Programs, Fair Debt collection, and Considering Bankruptcy. He will also take questions from the audience. 

Seminar on Legal Advice for People with Mortgage Problems

The Volunteer Attorney Program of Central Minnesota Legal Services, in St. Cloud, is offering a seminar entitled “Legal Advice for People with Mortgage Problems," on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  This seminar will be held in the County Board Room at the Sherburne County Government Center, 13880 Business Center Dr. NW, Elk River, MN. 

Wed, 10/26/2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Minneapolis Tornado Disaster

Do you have legal problems resulting from the tornado disaster that struck North Minneapolis?
We will take calls from low-income, elderly, and disabled persons with storm-related civil legal problems.  If you are a Hennepin County resident please call (612) 332-1441Anoka County residents should call (612) 332-8151.
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