Zealous Advocates for Peace, "ZAP" LLC

The mission of Zealous Advocates for Peace, "ZAP" LLC is to practice law in a fashion that provides peace of mind to our clients, supports peaceful resolution to legal conflict over court room drama when in the interest of justice and our clients.

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Firm Overview

Family Law, Social Security Disability Claims, Estate Planning and other areas considered. We are also licensed in Leech Lake, Mille Lacs and White Earth Band of Ojibwe Tribal Courts and will Represent people in all areas in those tribal courts.

Main Office

Main
P.O. Box 1398
522 Beltrami Ave., Suite 19
Bemidji  MN  56619

Phone
  • (218) 556-6780
Fax

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

ZAP will collect on Social Security Disability Claims only if client wins. Will write basic wills for $250.00 flat fee. Add $50.00 for "rush" situations (i.e. my relative is in hospital and needs will signed today!) Delegation of Parental Authority (DOPA) for $50.00 flat fee. Health Care Directive (aka: "living will) for $50.00 flat fee.

Hourly Rates

$75.00 for tribal court, $100.00 for state court.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For emergency after hours call (218) 556-6780.

Office Manager

None.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English

SSDI
The mission of Zealous Advocates for Peace, "ZAP" LLC is to practice law in a fashion that provides peace of mind to our clients, supports peaceful resolution to legal conflict over court room drama when in the interest of justice and to encourage p
We will assist people with both adult and child social security disability claims. No fee unless you win.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Solo practice, so no one to divide work. If client only needs services that does NOT include court appearance, I may agree to provide those services for a reduced rate.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Mediation is my preference when handling divorce cases. Attorney will also serve as mediator and has training in mediation.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

We offer reduced fees (on half of regular rate) for people near or below poverty level. We assist with Social Security Disability claims and will only collect if client wins. ZAP can not afford to take cases without charging some sort of fee at this time. We will work out payment plans but would like some sort of retainer for most matters.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Attorney has a great deal of experience with helping Native American people and with the practice of law in tribal courts in Minnesota. I've also been assisting people generally with social security disability claims since 2004.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Clients should take as active a role in their case as they feel comfortable. This includes educating themselves about the potential legal issues surrounding their situation.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes. $50.00 fee. If there are a number of documents or it is something complicated, it may be more. Call for free consultation. I will consider writing documents for client to submit him or herself to court. For instance, if both parties agree in a divorce, I will write a stipulated divorce agreement for $200.00 that parties can submit themselves. Note: parties are responsible for their own court fees.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Yes.

Valerie Field

Established July 2011

Dividing work in order to make the process more cost-effective for the client is fine.

License
  • Bar Number: 335356
    Minnesota , 2004
Education
  • University of Cincinnati School of Law
    JD , 2003
    Attended undergraduate schooling at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN. Grew up in Minnesota.

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