Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide malpractice insurance if I take on a matter?
How can I avoid a conflict of interest?
How is LegalCORPS involved once a matter is placed?
What if a client has worked (and paid) an attorney for prior work on the legal matter?
What happens if a case needs to go to litigation?
What if I want to work with nonprofit or small business clients after they are no longer eligible for LegalCORPS services?
What do I need to do once the representation is over?


Do you provide malpractice insurance if I take on a matter?

Attorneys volunteering with LegalCORPS are covered by its professional liability insurance policy through the NLADA Insurance Program.


How can I avoid a conflict of interest?

LegalCORPS carefully screens clients through its application process to determine all potential parties to a legal matter and provides a potential volunteer with this information in order to avoid conflicts of interest.


How is LegalCORPS involved once a matter is placed?

Once LegalCORPS has matched an attorney and client the organization’s involvement ends, aside from periodic check-ins to collect case closing forms or determine the progress of a long-term representation. The representation relationship is between the client and the attorney in respect of the requirement of attorney-client confidentiality.  When needed, LegalCORPS can serve as an intermediary to enhance communication between attorney and client.


What if a client has worked (and paid) an attorney for prior work on the legal matter?

LegalCORPS strives to maintain a positive and open relationship with the attorneys and firms working in its community. If a client indicates a prior attorney relationship on the same or similar legal issue, LegalCORPS will contact the attorney (with the client’s permission) to determine whether LegalCORPS assistance is suitable.


What happens if a case needs to go to litigation?

The LegalCORPS mission does not include representation in cases requiring litigation.   LegalCORPS makes this clear to prospective clients.

Often, the client seeks assistance to avert litigation.  Litigation can commence regardless of that assistance, of course.

LegalCORPS does not expect its volunteers to engage in the litigation portion of representation and will not bind its volunteers to such representation.

Volunteers are free to represent the client during the litigation phase but the representation will not be under the auspices of LegalCORPS. If the case is a Hennepin County matter, Volunteer Lawyers Network might be able to assist in finding a volunteer attorney. Referrals will be provided to other resources as necessary.


What if I want to work with nonprofit or small business clients after they are no longer eligible for LegalCORPS services?

LegalCORPS determines a client’s eligibility each time it/he/she applies for assistance.  LegalCORPS matches an attorney with the client for a discrete legal issue.  For each such match, the attorney and client are expected to enter a new representation agreement.

LegalCORPS understands that attorney-client relationships are often built over time and after one or more successful representations an attorney and client may want to continue to work together.  This can happen through LegalCORPS as long as the client remains eligible for LegalCORPS services.  When a client is no longer eligible for LegalCORPS services, the attorney and client are free to continue their relationship through whatever means they agree upon, without the involvement of LegalCORPS.


What do I need to do once the representation is over?

Please complete the LegalCORPS case closing form and return it to LegalCORPS.  It is essential for LegalCORPS to collect this data to accurately report to the government, funders, the public and other stakeholders.