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MICHIGAN

For more self-help legal information and referral assistance for this state, visit http://www.michiganlegalaid.org/

Click here for Military Legal Assistance Offices
Servicemembers and their families may access free legal assistance at these offices. See our Working with a Lawyer publication for more details on eligibility.

Click here for Legal Aid and Pro Bono Programs
These programs provide free civil legal assistance, but your eligibility for services may be limited based on your income. These organizations may or may not have military-specific services. Contact these programs for more details on eligibility.

Click here for Lawyer Referral Programs
These programs will connect you to a lawyer who charges for legal services. Some attorneys with these programs, however, may offer discounted initial consultations or may charge reduced fees based on your income. Contact these programs for more information.

Click here for Military-Specific Programs
These are programs designed to assist members of the military with legal matters. See the specific details on the services provided.

Military Legal Assistance Offices:

There are no military legal assistance offices in Michigan. See locations in neighboring states.

Legal Aid and Pro Bono Programs:

Berrien County Legal Services Bureau
901 Port St
Saint Joseph, MI 49085-1116
Phone: 616-983-6363
Fax: 616-983-1916
Intake:
888-418-1311
Counties Served:
Berrien, Cass, Van Buren
Type of Cases Accepted:
Elder Law, Housing, Wills, Terminating Parental Rights, Custody

Community Legal Resources
220 Bagley Ave, 900
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313-964-4130
Fax: 313-964-1192
http://www.clronline.org

clr@michiganlegal.org
Intake:
313-964-4130
Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Nonprofits, CED

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services
645 Griswold St, Ste 3550
Detroit, MI 48226-3681
Phone: 313-961-6120 ext. 203
Fax: 313-965-0842
Counties Served:
Wayne
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Real Estate

Elder Law, Of Michigan
221 N. Pine Street
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: 517-485-9164
http://www.elderslaw.org

info@elderslaw.org
Intake:
800-347-5297
Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Elder Law, Housing, Wills, Torts, Real Estate, Health

First Step Legal Advocacy Project
44567 Pinetree Dr
Plymouth, MI 48170
Phone: 734-416-1111
Fax: 734-416-5555
Intake:
888-453-5900
Counties Served:
Wayne
Type of Cases Accepted:
Terminating Parental Rights, Immigration, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody

Lakeshore Legal Aid of Saint Clair County
803 10th Ave
Port Huron, MI 48060-3639
Phone: 810-985-5107
Fax: 810-985-5106
Counties Served:
Saint Clair
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Housing, Wills, Real Estate, Dissolution, Custody

Lakeshore Legal Aid Private Bar Involvement Program
21885 Dunham Rd
Clinton Township, MI 48036-1030
Phone: 810-469-5185
Fax: 810-469-6523
legalaid@teleweb.net
Counties Served:
Huron, Macomb, Sanilac, Saint Clair, Tuscola
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Torts, Terminating Parental Rights, Real Estate, Juvenile, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, Adoption

Legal Aid And Defender Assoc., Partners For Pro Bono
645 Griswold, Ste 2400
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313-964-4111
Fax: 313-964-1932
Intake:
313-964-4700
Counties Served:
Wayne
Type of Cases Accepted:
Consumer, Elder Law, Housing, Wills, Real Estate, Health, Dissolution, CED

Legal Aid Bureau Of Southwestern Michigan Pro Bono Program
201 W Kalamazoo Ave, Rm 308
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: 800-819-0773
Fax: 616-388-5235
Counties Served:
Cass, Kalamazoo, Saint Joseph, Van Buren
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Elder Law, Housing, Wills, Real Estate, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, CED, Adoption,

Legal Aid of Central Michigan/Pro Bono
300 N Washington Sq, Ste 311
Lansing, MI 48933-1223
Phone: 517-485-5411
Fax: 517-485-5110
Intake:
800-968-0044
Counties Served:
Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Shiawassee
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Real Estate, Immigration, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, CED, Adoption, AIDS/HIV

Legal Services of Eastern Michigan
320 S Washington Ave, Fl 3
Saginaw, MI 48607-1158
Phone: 517-755-4465
Fax: 517-755-2161
Counties Served:
Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Torts, Real Estate, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, CED Adoption

Legal Services of Eastern Michigan
436 S Saginaw St
Flint, MI 48502
Phone: 810-234-2621
Fax: 810-234-9039
http://lsem-mi.org

Intake:
800-339-9513
Counties Served:
Arenac, Bay, Clare, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, Saint Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Tax, Fair Housing,.Torts, Real Estate, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, CED

Legal Services of Southeastern Michigan, Inc. Pro Bono Project
180 W Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI 49201-1379
Phone: 517-787-6111
Fax: 517-787-5805
Counties Served:
Jackson
Type of Cases Accepted:
Elder Law, Housing, Wills, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody

Legal Services Organization of Southcentral Michigan
70 Michigan Ave E
Battle Creek, MI 49017-4010
Phone: 616-965-3951
Fax: 616-965-4874
Intake:
877-203-5000
Counties Served:
Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Shiawassee, Washtenaw
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Torts, Terminating Parental Rights, Real Estate, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, Adoption

Legal Services Program Third Level Crisis Intervention Center
1022 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49686-2708
Phone: 231-922-4802
Fax: 231-941-5786
info@thirdlevel.org
Intake:
231-922-4802
Counties Served:
Antrim, Grand Traverse, Leelanau
Type of Cases Accepted:
Consumer, Employment Law, Advice for all areas, pro bono for checked areas, Dissolution

Michigan Indian Legal Services Private Attorney Involvement Program
134 W State St
Traverse City, MI 49684-2404
Phone: 231-947-0122
Fax: 231-947-3956
http://mils.org

Intake:
800-968-6877
Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Indian law

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. HIV/AIDS HAAP
4095 Legacy Parkway, 500
Lansing, MI 48911
Phone: 517-487-1755
Fax: 517-487-0827
http://www.mpas.org
Intake:
800-288-5923
Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Juvenile, Immigration, Health, AIDS/HIV

Oakland Livingston Legal Aid
8430 W 9 Mile Rd, Ste 500
Oak Park, MI 48237
Phone: 248-548-8171
Fax: 248-548-8314
Intake:
248-456-8888
Counties Served:
Oakland
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Housing, Wills, Real Estate, Dissolution, Custody, Adoption

Pro Bono Program Of Western Michigan (A Division Of Western Michigan Legal Services)
89 Ionia Ave NW, Ste 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3034
Phone: 616-774-0672
Fax: 616-774-2412
Intake:
616-742-6078
Counties Served:
Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, Saint Joseph, Van Buren
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Insurance disputes; license restorations; expungement of criminal convictions; pension benefits, Torts, Real Estate, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, CED

State Bar Of Michigan Access To Justice
306 Townsend St
Lansing, MI 48933-2083
Phone: 517-346-6358
Fax: 517-372-1139

State Bar of Michigan Immigration, Committee International Law Section
150 W Jefferson Ave, Ste 2500
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313-496-7652
Fax: 313-822-8822
Type of Cases Accepted:
Immigration

Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services (Administrative Office)
104 Lothrop Landing
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-874-5820
Fax: 313-962-0229
http://www.wcnls.org

Intake:
888-642-4543
Counties Served:
Wayne
Type of Cases Accepted:
Consumer, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Real Estate, Juvenile, Health, Dissolution, Custody, CED, AIDS/HIV

Lawyer Referral Programs:

State Bar of Michigan LRIS
306 Townsend St.
Lansing, MI 48933-2083
General Phone No: 800-968-0738
800 Phone: 800-968-0738
http://www.michbar.org/programs/lawyerreferral.cfm
Counties Served: Statewide
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law.  

Genesee County Bar Association LRS
315 E. Court St.
Flint, MI 48502
General Phone No: 810-232-6000
http://www.gcbalaw.org/
Counties Served: Genesee
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law except: Intellectual Property, International, Military

Traverse Attorney Referral Service
PO Box 1958
General Phone No: 231-922-4715
Traverse City, MI 49685-1958
Counties Served:
Grand Traverse, Antrim, Leelanau
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law except: International, Taxation
Special Panels:
Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel

Iosco County Lawyer Referral Service
422 Lake St.
General Phone No: 517-362-4441
Tawas City, MI 48764
Counties Served:
Iosco
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law.

Grand Rapids Bar Association LRIS
161 Ottawa Ave NW Suite 203B
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
General Phone No: 616-855-0273 & 616-454-5550
http://www.grbar.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=67
Counties Served: Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Allegan
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law. 

Macomb County Bar Association
40 N. Main St., Suite 435
General Phone No: 586-468-8300
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043-8607
http://www.macombbar.org/

Counties Served:
Macomb, St. Clair
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law.

Oakland County LRS
1760 S. Telegraph Rd., Suite 100
General Phone No: 248-338-2100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-0181
http://www.ocba.org/

Counties Served:
Oakland
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law.
Special Panels:
Pro Bono Panel

Washtenaw County Bar Association LRIS
PO Box 8645
General Phone No: 734-996-3229
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645
http://www.washbar.org

Counties Served:
Washtenaw, Western Wayne, Lenawee, Livingston and Monroe
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law.

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association LRIS
645 Griswold, Suite 1356
General Phone No: 313-961-3545 & Phone and
Email Service Only
Detroit, MI 48226-3681
http://www.detroitlawyer.org/

Counties Served:
Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Lenawee and Washtenaw
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law.

National Lawyers Guild
615 Griswold, Suite 916
General Phone No: 313-963-0843
Detroit, MI 48226-3901
http://www.michigannlg.org/

Counties Served:
Wayne, Macomb, Oakland and Washtenaw
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law except: Administration, Business/Corporation, Consumer, Healthcare, Intellectual Property, International, Juvenile, Taxation, Trademark/Copyright, Veterans/Military
Special Panels:
Reduced Fee Panel, Pro Bono Panel

Military-Specific Programs:

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Service to Soldiers Program
Heather Spielmaker
Director-Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
300 S. Capitol Avenue
Post Office Box 13038
Lansing, MI 48901
(517) 371-5140
www.cooley.edu/ethics

The Cooley Service to Soldiers Program assists deploying, deployed, and returning troops of E5 rank and below with civilian legal problems they may be facing. Nearly 150 attorneys from across Michigan are willing to represent these military personnel free of charge. The most common requests for help are with family law, estate planning, creditor/debtor, and landlord/tenant issues, but attorneys are available to help in other practice areas as well. The court filing fees are the responsibility of the client, but no legal fees will be charged.

Cooley's volunteer attorneys and students also assist in preparing wills and powers of attorney at pre-deployment events.

Since the program launched in April, 2007, over 2000 Michigan troops have received no cost assistance.

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