How does CCLI work?
CCLI stands for Collaborative Community Law Initiative. All CCLI attorneys have graduated law school, passed the Minnesota State Bar Exam and are licensed to practice law in the state of Minnesota. When you contact CCLI by phone, you will speak with one of our receptionists and be referred to an attorney. When you contact CCLI online through Legal.io, you will be asked some general information about your legal issue. The more information you are able to provide, the more quickly and appropriately we can match you with a CCLI attorney. All CCLI attorneys own their own firms and maintain their own practice insurance.
How can CCLI attorneys help me keep my legal costs low?
CCLI attorneys can join the collaborative within 18 months of graduating law school. CCLI attorneys are newly graduated students who seek experience with a variety of legal issues and running the business of a law firm. CCLI attorneys are able to keep costs low by minimizing overhead. CCLI attorneys have access to a variety of mentors, when a legal issue comes up that requires more experience, CCLI attorneys can turn to these mentors for a quick consultation, reviewing drafts or to assist in court. Many of the mentors charge top dollar for their services, and CCLI attorneys may be able to bring that top dollar talent to your issue for a fraction of the cost.
I qualified for free (pro bono) legal services through another organization, but they didn't have any attorneys to take my case, can you take my case for free?
CCLI does not offer free (or pro bono) legal services. CCLI's goals are to help new lawyers start their own for-profit businesses, and to help clients afford legal services. CCLI attorneys set their own rates. You can keep costs low by asking about any of the following; unbundled services, flat rates, sliding scale fees and lowest hourly rates.
Unbundled services. People who are using the court system (litigants) often have to file paperwork, known as briefs, or motions. Assistance in writing (drafting) or reviewing this paperwork may be available at an unbundled rate (i.e. $100) instead of an hourly rate. Courtroom representation might be available at an unbundled rate, however, it is important to understand that attorneys have a professional and ethical responsibility to ensure that the arguments presented to the court meet certain legal and ethical standards. It may be best to consult an attorney early on in the process to ensure your arguments meet those standards, and the attorney you would like to hire is comfortable with your arguments meeting those legal and ethical standards.
Flat rates. Flat rates may be available for simple matters that require minimum preparation, travel time and no ongoing availability.
Sliding scale fees. Sliding scale fees are based on income, and often based on Federal Poverty Guidelines. CCLI attorneys set their own rates, ask whether a sliding scale fee would lower an attorney's rate.
Lowest hourly rates. A CCLI attorney seeking experience working with your legal issue will likely quote you their lowest hourly rate. Keep in mind, that our goal as CCLI attorneys is to gain experience working with your legal issue. CCLI attorneys work our hardest in our areas of interest, this includes consulting with mentors when we don't have the experience to fully comprehend all the angles and risks to which you may be exposed. Our goal is to ensure your voice is heard in your legal matter.
When you hire a CCLI attorney you are gaining the wisdom of the Collaborative Community Law Initiative.