Jeanne A. Carpenter
For those that have been discriminated against due to having epilepsy.

The Michigan Legal Help Website was created to help people who have to handle simple civil legal
problems without a lawyer. There are helpful articles you can read to learn about a specific area of
the law and toolkits and checklists to help you prepare to represent yourself in court. Automated
forms can be completed when you answer simple questions. If you need more help, you can search
for a lawyer or community services in your area.   Website:

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service Inc.
4095 Legacy Parkway, Suite 500
Lansing, MI 48911
Phone: 800-288-5923
Services Offered:
Provides services in the following legal areas: Disability rights, HIV/AIDS rights,
Children's Disability and Special Education rights, Employment rights, Housing
Rights, abuse & neglect, Social Security benefits.

Elder Law of Michigan Inc. / Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors
815 W. St. Joseph     Suite C-200
Lansing, MI  48917
Phone:  1-800-347-5297
Everyday, seniors contact the Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors seeking help from experienced
attorneys on legal topics ranging from Medicaid to debt collection, estate planning to no-fault
insurance, and even their rights regarding their pets. If you or a loved one needs legal advice,
the Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors can help free of charge to Michigan seniors and those
with disabilities.


Lakeshore Legal Aid        
2727 Second Ave., Suite 318
Detroit, MI  48201
Phone:  313-242-0811    New Client Intake:  888-783-8190
Lakeshore Legal Aid is a not-for-profit law firm providing a wide range of free civil legal services
to low income people and seniors in our communities. The Mission of Lakeshore Legal Aid is to
exercise all methods of legal advocacy and representation in order to:
· Empower people to address their legal rights and concerns,
· Provide access to the legal system and all community resources, and
· Preserve the dignity of our clients.
Lakeshore's attorneys are trained to provide legal advice and counseling, document review and
preparation, negotiation, mediation, representation in court, legal education presentations to
community groups, and referrals to other available community resources. Lakeshore's attorneys
aim to improve the legal status of every client, and to ensure the clients and their families are safe
and secure in their homes.  Lakeshore cannot provide legal assistance in criminal matters, and
services may be limited by the number of attorneys and other resources available. 
Now serving residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.


The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is offering FREE legal services to Veterans! 
The law school will travel this summer and fall in an RV-turned-office to make house calls
rather than asking the veterans, many of whom have disabilities, to travel to downtown
Detroit for their services.  Call 313-596-0262
The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law ALSO offers the following legal clinics:

Michigan Legal Services
900 Michigan Bldg. 220 Bagley
Detroit, MI  48226
Phone:  313-964-1140
Services Offered:
Legal assistance to address causes of poverty for SEMI-poorest residents including
access to income support, food, utility, emergency and housing assistance, health
and mental health care.

South Eastern Michigan Indians, Inc.
26641 Lawrence
Center Line, MI 48015
Phone: 586-756-1350
Assistance with locating resources or providing direct services with legal services,
chore services, applying for the bridge card through MICAFE, tax assistance, utility
assistance, transportation, food, home repairs, Medicare D and many others.

American Civil Liberties Union Fund of MI
60 W. Hancock
Detroit, MI  48201
Phone:  313-578-6800
Services Offered:
Provides services in the following legal areas:  Constitutional issues,
Freedom of Speech, Due Process, Privacy issues.

Federal Civil Pro Bono Project
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
Volunteer Legal Services
645 Griswold   Suite 1356
Detroit,  MI  48226
Phone:  313-961-6120   Lawyer Referral:  313-961-3545
Services Offered:
Provides services in the following legal areas:  Civil law, Employment
Discrimination, Prisoner Civil Rights, Provides client meeting location.

The Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
Two Woodward Ave.
7th Floor, Room 700-A
Detroit, MI  48226
Services Offered:
Free help with Divorce and Friend of the Court Issues..
Attorneys from the Clinic help qualifying low-income, self-represented
parties prepare motion packets and forms.  Slots are limited.  Arrive early. 
First come, first served. 
The 2nd and 3rd Thursday of each month from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Are You a Victim of Domestic Violence OR Stalking?
Do You Need Assistance to Prepare the PPO Application?
FREE HELP is available!
Attorneys are available to provide assistance to low-income petitioners.
NO appointment is necessary
Mondays & Thursdays     12 noon to 3 p.m.
The Attorney Resource Center
12th Floor--Room 1207
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
Detroit, MI
Phone: 313-568-5408 Information line
This Service is Not Affiliated With The Wayne County Clerk's Office.

First Step Legal Advocacy Project
44567 Pinetree Dr.
Plymouth, MI  48170
Phone:  1-888-453-5900
Services Offered:
Provides services in the following areas:  Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault.

Free Legal Aid Clinic, Inc.  (FLAC)
5435 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone:  313-831-3444
Services Offered:
FLAC's purpose is to render legal assistance to low-income and indigent residents
of Wayne County.

West Side Mothers Welfare Rights Organization
23 E. Adams
Detroit, MI  48226
Phone:  313-964-3980
Services Offered:
Provides services in the following areas: Social Security Hearings, FIA Hearings

Neighborhood Legal Services
Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan (NLSM) offers one-of-a-kind services to promote health safety
and self-sufficiency. We are a regional business and non-profit collaborative coordinating Southeastern
Michigan community outreach and pro-bono partnerships for advocacy, education, and resources of
human survival. Abused and homeless individuals, children, seniors and those with life-challenging illness
can sometimes qualify to receive services free of charge
Housing Advocacy
7310 Woodward Ave, Ste. #301
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313.964.1975
Children’s Justice & Education
7310 Woodward Ave, Ste. #301
Detroit, MI48202
Phone:  313.874.5820 ext 2230
Free Legal Aid Clinic
5425 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313.833.0058
Legal Advocacy /HIv-AIDS Victims
7310 Woodward Ave, Ste. #301
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone:  313.874.5820 ext 2224
Elder Law Center
12121 Hemingway
Redford, MI 48239
Phone:  313.937.8291
Permanent Housing for the Disabled
8900 Pardee Road
Taylor, MI 48180
Phone:  313.316.5356

Elder Advocacy & Legal Services
12121 Hemingway
Redford, MI  48230
Phone: 313-937-8291
Services Offered:
Legal services to persons 60 years of age and older who reside in Wayne County. 
Elder Abuse services, Caregivers Legal Services, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

Disability Advocacy
104 Lothrop Landing
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone: 313-874-5820 ext. 2211 OR 877-774-8946
Services Offered:
Administrative advocacy for individuals who are in need of representation to secure
their Social Security benefits.  Services on a reduced fee basis with payment required
only if a favorable decision is rendered.


Legal Services of South Central Michigan
1118A South Telegraph
Monroe,  MI  48161
Phone: 734-241-8310  OR  888-251-1598
Private non-profit organization that provides free legal advice and representation
to low-income persons and senior citizens (regardless of income) in certain civil
legal cases.  LSSM uses federal income-eligibility limits (125% of federal poverty
level) to determine income eligibility. 

Monroe County Senior Legal Services
1126 S. Telegraph Road
Monroe MI 48161
Phone: 734-241-7644
Services Offered:
Assists with civil legal problems such as housing, Medicaid, Medicare, income
maintenance, administrative & governmental issues, wills, deeds, power of attorney
for seniors 60+ residing in Monroe County.


Thomas Cooley Law School
Lakeshore Legal Aid--Cooley Law School Family Collaborative
2630 Featherstone 
Auburn Hills, MI 
Phone: 248-335-0125
Provides free legal help to low-income residents of Oakland County.
Call ahead to determine eligibility! 
Deals primarily with family law / domestic violence issues.

Common Ground Sanctuary
1410 S. Telegraph (at Orchard Lake Road)
Bloomfield Twp., MI 48032
Phone: Crisis Line 248-456-0909  OR   800-231-1127


Ann Arbor Dispute Resolution Center
110 N. Fourth Avenue Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734-222-3725
Non-profit, volunteer-based community organization, partly funded by the
Michigan State Court Administrative Office (SCA). One of 25 SCAO-funded
centers in Michigan that offer low-cost mediation services as an alternative
to court. They help individuals, businesses and organizations in Washtenaw
County peacefully resolve conflicts in such areas as Landlord/Tenant disputes,
Neighbor/Neighbor disputes, Family disputes, Workplace disputes, Consumer/
Business & Business/Business disputes and School Issues.

Ann Arbor Mediation Center
330 East Liberty   Suite 3A
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734-663-1239
Alternative to the often adversarial approach of a courtroom. Specializes
in divorce and custody mediation but other services may be available. 
This may provide cheaper, alternative means to end disputes.

Justice Project Outreach Team (J-PORT)
110 N. Fourth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734-222-3750
A Washtenaw County program that provides supports to individuals
who are involved with the justice system and need mental health assistance,
both in the jail and in the community.

The Michigan Poverty Law Program  (MPLP)
220 East Huron Street   Suite 600A
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
Phone: 734-998-6100
Part of the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Project and an Immigrant Rights Center. 

SAFE House
4100 Clark Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone: 734-995-5444
Provides free services for any person victimized in an intimate relationship
who lives or works in Washtenaw County.

Student Advocacy Center of Michigan
1921 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti,  MI  48197
Phone: 734-482-0489
Assists the families of public school children, K-12, who are eligible for regular
and special education services to resolve school-related problems and offers
non-legal advocacy.  No fee.

Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy
1100 North Main  Suite 205
Ann Arbor,  MI  48104
Phone:  734-662-1256
An advocacy organization to improve the lives of persons with developmental
disabilities, as well as persons with other mental or physical disabilities. 
Free services for those who qualify.

American Friends Service Committee
Ann Arbor, MI
For those who need advice (legal or otherwise) regarding Michigan lesbian,
gay, bisexual or transgender issues affecting them, contact the Inclusive
Justice Program


Animal Legal and Historical Center
Animal Law archives compiled by the Michigan State University College of Law

State Bar of Michigan
Provides information and resources about the practice and study of Animal Law
as well as current legislation.

Southeastern Michigan Animal Rights Team  (S.M.A.R.T.)
A local network for activists campaigning against cruelty to animals.


Look for this category on this website! 


The Help Desk
Oakland County Courthouse (lobby of the north entrance)
1200 N. Telegraph
Pontiac, MI
The Help Desk is open from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday in the lobby
of the north entrance of the Oakland County Courthouse.  Help is free of
charge on a first-come, first-served basis.  You can learn how to file motions,
seek return of drivers licenses, expungement of criminal records, etc.

Elder Law & Advocacy Center offers "FIRST TUESDAYS"
The First Tuesday of Each Month at 2 p.m.
Redford Community Center
12121 Hemingway
Redford,  MI
Phone: 313-937-8291
Guidance from experienced Legal Staff includes:
Nursing Home/Assisted Living/Senior Housing
Powers of Attorney
School Enrollment
A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
Also provides FREE legal and community information, assistance and referrals
to family and other caregivers and recipients of care.  Also FREE to seniors 60
and older.  However, the agency must prioritize to persons with the greatest
economic or social needs first.

The Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Phone: 248-335-0125
Offers an Estate Planning Clinic with Lakeshore Legal Aid at Cooley's Auburn Hills
campus, 2630 Featherstone Road, to Oakland County residents 60 years and older
and asset-eligible.  Call the above number for more information.

The Family Law Assistance Project (FLAP) is a collaborative program between Lakeshore
Legal Aid and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School's Auburn Hills campus.  FLAP offers legal
services to low-income Oakland County residents at no cost, counseling clients, preparing
legal pleadings and representing them in the Oakland County Circuit Court on family law issues
ranging from divorce to personal protection orders.  FLAP accepts prospective applicants every
other Wednesday at the Oakland County Law Library, located in the Oakland County Circuit Court,
1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac.  For information go to  OR  call 248-335-0125. 


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Legal Hotline  (for older adults)
Phone: 1-877-GLBT-LAW
A program of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
Phone: 313-578-6812

Hate Crimes, Advocacy & Social Action:
Triangle Foundation
Phone: 313-537-3323 x 14

GLBT Domestic Violence:
Lakeshore Legal Aid
Phone:  888-783-8190


Lambda Legal
Phone:  312-663-4413

PFLAG National Office
Phone: 202-467-8180

National Center for Lesbian Rights
Phone: 415-392-6257

Transgender Law & Policy Institute

This page was last updated: December 1, 2018