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Featuring Free Public Seminars
Participants will come away with an understanding of various legal issues and options. Workshops are presented by a volunteer lawyer, and laptop computers will be available. Workshops are open to all members of the public, regardless of residence. The series of hands-on workshops brings quality legal information to the public, and is a collaboration between the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Minnesota Department of Education, and Washington County.

Topic 
Date 
Location 
 

Grandparent/Third Party Custody Workshop

Sept. 23, 2014
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Washington County Government Center 
14949 62nd St. N
Stillwater, MN, 55082


Program Description

Help! I'm caring for my relative's children, what do I need to do?

The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend a Kinship Caregivers workshop on September 23, 2014 at the Washington County Government Center, Rm LL13. 14949 62nd St. N, in Stillwater, MN 55082.  The session will be from 1-3 p.m. 
 
Increasingly, more and more children are being raised by persons other than their biological parents. Six million children in the United States live with grandparents or other relative-maintained households. While grandparents were the traditional caregivers if their adult children cannot parent, recent trends show that aunts and family friends are now increasingly stepping into the caregiver role. 
 
The term "kinship caregiver" means any relative or close family friend who is caring for children not his or her own. Kinship caregiving can be temporary or permanent, formal or informal. Moreover, kinship caregivers frequently face significant financial burdens as they take on the responsibility of additional children.
 
If you find yourself becoming the caregiver to your relative’s children, would you know what to do? 
 
At this session, participants will learn about the social and legal resources available to those who are parenting their relative’s children. They will get answers to questions such as:
 
·         What legal relationship options do I have? 
·         How are third-party custody, adoption, guardianship, or a private agreement different, and what is right for your situation?
·         How can I help a relative’s child who is in foster care?
·         How can I get medical coverage my relative’s (or friend’s) child?
·         What state or county resources are available?
 
To reserve a spot or if you have questions, please call 651-430-6330.
 
Janet Salo is a Family Support Specialist at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, concentrating on serving kinship families. She provides strength-based assistance to caregivers for understanding potential legal relationship options, developing safety plans, understanding relationship changes in kinship families and understanding the impact of mental illness and/or disability in the family. In addition, she provides services through a Caregiver Warmline, which serves all of Minnesota, in-person consults, Family Circle Conferences, and educational workshops. 
 
Kathy K. Hart received her Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law and was admitted to practice law in the State of Minnesota in 2000. She was admitted to practice before the United States District Court in 2005. Ms. Hart is an experienced litigator, but believes that individuals, not courts and judges, are in the best position to decide what is in their family’s best interests. Ms. Hart strives to efficiently resolve disputes through cost-effective, creative avenues. When in the client’s best interest, she encourages her clients to resolve disputed issues through mediation. Ms. Hart is also a trained mediator (Minnesota Supreme Court, Rule 114 Qualified Neutral).
 
Ms. Hart has represented clients throughout Minnesota, from Two Harbors to Canby to Albert Lea, as well as extensively throughout the Twin Cities metro area. She resides in the St. Croix Valley.
 
What:            Help! I’m caring for my relative’s children, what do I need to do?:  Options and resources for kinship caregivers
Where:         Washington County Government Center
Room LL13
14949 62nd St. N
Stillwater, MN 55082
When:           1:00-3:00 p.m.
September 23, 2014

This presentation is sponsored by the Washington County Law Library.  To register and reserve your space, please call the Washington County Law Library at 651-430-6330.


updated May 29, 2014.

Featuring Free Public Seminars
Participants will come away with an understanding of various legal issues and options. Workshops are presented by a volunteer lawyer, and laptop computers will be available. Workshops are open to all members of the public, regardless of residence. The series of hands-on workshops brings quality legal information to the public, and is a collaboration between the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Minnesota Department of Education, and Washington County.

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Date
Location
 

Bankruptcy and Debtor's Rights Clinic

February 4, 2014

Oakdale Branch Library
1010 Heron Ave. North
Oakdale, MN 55128


Program Description

Attorney Margaret Henehan from Volunteer Lawyers Network will present on the rights of low income debtors in matters of debt collection, collection lawsuits, garnishment, and bankruptcy. 

This presentation is created to ease confusion and increase knowledge surrounding a stressful topic, debt collection and bankruptcy. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to protect themselves from creditors and debt collectors who violate the law in order to attempt to collect a debt.  The presentation will also cover debt assistance and mortgage assistance scams and how to be on the lookout for this illegal practice. Finally, the presentation will walk participants through what the bankruptcy process looks like, who is a good candidate for bankruptcy, and what types of debt can be discharged through a bankruptcy.

If you have suggestions for future workshops, please contact the law library by phone at 651.430.6330 or through email at .  Thank you!



Law Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Posted: January 10, 2014

The next Law Library Board of Trustees meeting will be held on January 21, 2014, in the Law Library Conference Room at 8 a.m. 


Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services has in-person intake office hours at the Law Library

December 20, 2013

The Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) has office hours in the law library on Wednesday afternoons from 1-3 p.m.

If you are a low-income resident living in Washington County and if you need legal representation for a family law issue (domestic abuse, divorce, child custody) or a government benefits issue (appeal from a denial of benefits, garnishment of income through benefits), you can meet with an intake attorney in person at the law library.  SMRLS will be in the law library the following days:


January 8, 2014 Government Benefits Law
January 15, 2014 Family Law
January 22, 2014 Government Benefits Law
January 29, 2014 Family Law
February 8, 2014 Government Benefits Law


For more information about the intake hours, call the law library at 651-430-6330 or or to talk to SMRLS directly, pleas contact them at 651-222-4731

Mandatory eFiling and eService underway for courts in Washington County

Attorneys and government agencies will be required to file civil and family cases electronically beginning September 16, 2013 in Washington County. The requirement does not apply to probate/mental health, adoption, child protection or conciliation court cases. 

Please note: The requirement for mandatory eFiling and eService does not apply to self-represented litigants wishing to file these case types.

Additionally, all documents filed electronically in all case types must be submitted in a searchable PDF format.  For more information, please see the court's page on the eFiling initiative or the Guide to eFiling with “Searchable” Portable Document Format (PDFs) in Minnesota District Courts.   

Updated 9.13.2013


Featuring Free Public Seminars

Participants will come away with an understanding of various legal issues and options. Workshops are presented by a volunteer lawyer, and laptop computers will be available. Workshops are open to all members of the public, regardless of residence. The series of hands-on workshops brings quality legal information to the public, and is a collaboration between the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Minnesota Department of Education, and Washington County.

Topic
Date
Location
 

None scheduled at this time.

 

 


Program Description

If you have suggestions for future workshops, please contact the law library by phone at 651.430.6330 or through email at .  Thank you!

 

 

 


Updated 9.23.2013.

Pauline Afuso
Washington County Law Librarian
Email

Government Center
14949 62nd St. N.
P.O. Box 6
Stillwater, MN 55082

Ph: 651-430-6330
Fx: 651-430-6331

Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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