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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, alerts consumers to scams, and assists in the resolution of complaints. info@easternmichiganbbb.org, bbb.org/detroit

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. thedisputeresolutioncenter.org V

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


Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid 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 against discrimination based on "arrest record, educational association, family responsibilities, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, HIV status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, victim of domestic violence or stalking, or weight." Fair-housing testing, advice, advocacy, attorney referral, and community education free to county residents. info@fhcmichigan.org, fhcmichigan.org V

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


Family Law Project

Free legal counseling for victims of domestic violence, for personal protection orders and family law issues. Must be referred through SafeHouse Center, (734) 995-5444. flp@lsscm.org


(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. English as a Second Language classes offered Mon., Tues., Thurs. U

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


Lawyer Referral & Information Service, LRIS. (Washtenaw County Bar Association)

Helps county residents determine whether they need a lawyer and refers them to one if needed. $30 fee includes 30 minutes of the lawyer's time. washbar.org/lawyer.html

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


Legal Services of South Central Michigan

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

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. mclp@umich.edu, law.umich.edu

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


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, survivors of domestic violence, the protection of civil and human rights, and more. michiganimmigrant.org V

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


Michigan Legal Help, (Michigan Advocacy Program)

Web resource 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. Forms and materials available in English or Spanish. michiganlegalhelp.org V




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. studentadvocacycenter.org V

124 Pearl, Ypsilanti 48197 [map]
(734) 482-0489


U-M Student Legal Services

Licensed attorneys give free legal advice and representation to currently enrolled U-M students on the Ann Arbor campus for civil, criminal, family, divorce, consumer, or landlord-tenant cases. Call for appointment Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-noon & 1-5 p.m. assist-me@umich.edu, studentlegalservices.umich.edu

715 N. University, #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. emich.edu/legalaffairs/

101 E. Huron [map]
(734) 994-0160




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