See how pro bono is done via Northeast Minnesota’s Volunteer Attorney Program.

A couple needed to obtain guardianship for their 19-year old disabled autistic child because he had pressing medical issues and needed dental surgery.  The medical provider in Minnesota would not give the clients any information about the child because he was an adult, and they would not perform the surgery until the couple obtained guardianship for the child.

The couple contacted the Volunteer Attorney Program (VAP) for help. Their child could not read, write or speak.  The mother and child were originally from another country and moved to Minnesota in 2014.  VAP connected the family with a volunteer attorney who was able to quickly get appointed as guardians of their son through a court order, and as a result the child was able to obtain the medical and dental treatment he needed.

Cases like this happen every day in Minnesota thanks to dedicated pro bono volunteer attorneys.


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