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Legal Services, Mediation, and Consumer Services

Better Business Bureau of Detroit and Eastern Michigan

Provides accreditation services and online reviews for local businesses, alert consumers to scams, and assists in the resolution of complaints.

20300 W. Twelve Mile, #202, Southfield, MI 48076 [map]
(248) 223-9400

The Dispute Resolution Center

Seeks to create peaceful communities by offering a variety of affordable conflict resolution services and training in Washtenaw and Livingston counties., V

4133 Washtenaw, Suite B125. Mailing address: P.O. Box 8645, AA 48107 [map]
(734) 794-2125

Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan

Investigates complaints of discrimination in the rental, sale, or financing of housing. Federal and State laws protect against discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (incl. sexual harassment), familial status (families with kids), disability, marital status and age. Ann Arbor's local ordinance includes additional protections of "condition of pregnancy, source of income, family responsibilities, educational association, sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status", and Ypsilanti includes "sexual orientation, educational association, source of income, height, or weight". The FHC provides free fair-housing testing, advice, advocacy, attorney referral, and community education to county residents., V

P.O. Box 7825, AA 48107
(734) 994-3426, (877) 979-3247

Family Law Project

Free legal counseling for battered women about personal protection orders and family law issues. Must be referred through SafeHouse Center, (734) 995-5444.

(734) 998-9454

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International Services (Jewish Family Services)

Low-cost help with paperwork, application status tracking, legal advocacy, and support for individuals interested in bringing relatives to the U.S. Citizenship education classes to assist eligible legal permanent residents in the naturalization process. Daily English as a Second Language classes. U

2245 S. State [map]
(734) 769-0209

Lawyer Referral & Information Service (Washtenaw County Bar Association)

Helps county residents determine whether they need a lawyer and refers them to one who will provide 30 minutes of free counseling. $30/referral.

101 E. Huron (County Courthouse), Ste. 1111 [map]
(734) 996-3229

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Free legal assistance for seniors and low-income people in civil cases such as landlord-tenant disputes, tax and mortgage foreclosure, contested custody, public benefits, and consumer issues. Clients must live or have a legal dispute in the county. Call for appointment Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

420 N. Fourth Ave. [map]
(734) 665-6181

Michigan Clinical Law Program, (U-M Law School)

Free legal services Sept.-Apr. for low-income county residents. Law students supervised by a law professor handle landlord-tenant disputes, employment discrimination, consumer cases, and misdemeanor defense cases by appointment.,

801 Monroe, 363 Legal Research Bldg. [map]
(734) 763-4319

Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Program, MFPP, (Michigan Advocacy Program)

Provides comprehensive and coordinated foreclosure prevention advocacy throughout the state by providing direct legal representation to homeowners facing foreclosure, support to housing counseling organizations, coordinating policy advocacy on a statewide basis, and training and technical support. V

(734) 665-6181

Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, MIRC, (Michigan Advocacy Program)

Provides an array of free legal services for non-citizens, including naturalization assistance, representation for victims of crime and survivors of domestic violence, and more. V

220 E. Huron, Suite 600A [map]
(734) 239-6863

Michigan Legal Help, (Michigan Advocacy Program)

Helps people handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. Website offers articles to learn about a specific area of the law and toolkits to help prepare for a court appearance. English or Spanish. V

(734) 998-6100

Student Advocacy Center of Michigan

Education advocacy, support, and mentoring for school-age children and youth facing school-related challenges, particularly school discipline. Free or fee-based, depending on income. V

1921 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti 48197 [map]
(734) 482-0489

U-M Student Legal Services

Licensed attorneys give free legal advice to currently enrolled U-M students for civil, criminal, family, divorce, consumer, or landlord-tenant cases. Call for appointment Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-noon & 1-5 p.m.

715 N. University, Suite 202 [map]
(734) 763-9920

Washtenaw County/Eastern Michigan University Legal Resource Center (LRC)

Free help with court procedures in 4 civil law areas (family law, probate, small claims, and landlord-tenant), plus free forms for residents representing themselves in court. No criminal matters or appeals. Call or walk in; no appointment necessary. Mon., Tues., & Thurs. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Washtenaw County Courthouse, 101 E. Huron. Closed Wed. and Fri.

(734) 994-0160

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