Legal Services

ACLU

The ACLU provides free legal assistance or referrals concerning civil rights issues.

Address:

2966 Woodward Ave.

Detroit, MI 48201

Phone: (313) 578-6800

Website: http://www.aclumich.org/
Email: aclu@aclumich.org

Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission

The Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission is a group of nine Ann Arbor residents appointed by the Mayor and council.

 

If you have questions about discrimination in Ann Arbor and/or believe your rights under the city's human rights ordinance have been violated, please complete and submit a Discrimination Complaint and/or Request for Information form.

Address:

P.O. Box 8647

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (734) 794-6141

Website:

https://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Pages/HumanRightsCommission.aspx

Email: HRC@a2gov.org

Better Business Bureau

The BBB provides free information on local businesses, filing complaints, and mediating disputes between consumers and local businesses.

Address:

20300 W. 12 Mile Rd. Suite 202

Southfield, MI 48076

Phone: (866) 788- 5706

Website: https://www.bbb.org/en/us

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4:30pm

Dispute Resolution Center

The DRC provides confidential and affordable dispute resolution services. They offer mediation for business, partnerships, personal/marital issues, custody, parenting issues, child support, and debt. Ask about low income/sliding scale fees.

Address:

4133 Washtenaw Avenue, Suite B125, P.O. Box 8645,

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (734) 794-2125

Website: http://thedisputeresolutioncenter.org

Email: thedrc@ewashtenaw.org

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Eastern Michigan University Legal Resource Center

The Legal Resource Center is a legal self-help center.  Staff at the Legal Resource Center will direct people to and help them fill out the appropriate forms for such civil matters as divorce, child custody, personal protection orders, small claims, landlord tenant disputes, probate, paternity or adult guardianship. In addition, the staff will provide information on various legal procedures for navigating the court system.

Address:

Washtenaw County Courthouse

101 East Huron St., 1st Floor

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (734) 994-0160

Website: https://michiganlegalhelp.org/organizations-courts/self-help-centers/eastern-michigan-university-legal-resource-center
Hours: Tue-Thurs, 9am-4pm

Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan

The Fair Housing Center provides investigative services, advice, advocacy, conciliation, attorney referrals, and community education regarding housing discrimination.

Address:

P.O. Box 7825

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (877) 979-3247

Website: http://www.fhcmichigan.org/

Email: info@fhcmichigan.org

Foreclosure Prevention- Washtenaw County Treasurer

Housing specialists at the Washtenaw County Treasurer’s Office help with foreclosure related issues.

Address:

200 N. Main St. Suite 200

P.O. Box 8645

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (734) 222-6600

Website: https://www.washtenaw.org/1136/Treasurer

Email: taxes@ewashtenaw.org

Hours:

Mon-Fri, 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-5pm

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

LSSCM provides free civil legal assistance to low income persons with emphasis on homelessness prevention, domestic violence prevention, assisting in accessing health care, food, and needs-based income programs.They are unable to accept criminal cases or civil cases that generate fees.

The Family Law Project (FLP) is an affiliate program of LSSCM that provides legal services to indigent survivors of domestic violence.

Address:

15 S. Washington Street

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (734) 665-6181

Website: www.lsscm.org
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Michigan Legal Help

MichiganLegalAid.org is a statewide guide to legal services for low-income persons and

seniors in civil (non-criminal) cases.

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services provides resources and legal information regarding disability rights (SSI/SSDI), HIV/AIDS, and children’s special education rights.

Address:  

4095 Legacy Pkwy Suite 500

Lansing, MI 48911

Phone: (800) 288-5923

Website: http://www.mpas.org
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm

Pediatric Advocacy Initiative

The mission of the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic (PAC) is to achieve justice and dignity for all

low-income children and their families by integrating high-quality legal advocacy into

health care settings.

Address:

701 S. State St.

 Ann Arbor MI 48109

Phone: (734) 763-1942

Website: http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/pediatricadvocacyclinic/Pages/default.aspx

Email: pedlaw@umich.edu

State Bar of Michigan

The State Bar of Michigan offers information to help guide individuals to resources best suited to help with their legal needs.

 

Use this website to link to helpful legal information and find a lawyer to assist you with your legal matter.

Address:

Michael Franck Building

306 Townsend St.

Lansing, MI 48933

Public Inquiries: (517) 346-6300

Lawyer Referral Service: (800) 968-0738

Website: http://lrs.michbar.org/

https://www.michbar.org/generalinfo/staff

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm

University of Michigan Child Advocacy Law Clinic

The University of Michigan Child Law Clinic offers supervises law-student representation for parents and children in child abuse and neglect cases as well as those that are in the foster care system.

Address:

625 South State St.

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Phone: (734) 763-5000

Website: http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/calc/Pages/default.aspx

University of Michigan Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic

The Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic provides free legal representation to people who cannot afford to hire an attorney.

 

The clinic has handled criminal misdemeanor cases and a wide variety of civil cases, such as landlord-tenant, consumer fraud, contract disputes, prisoners' civil rights, discrimination, political asylum, torts, habeas corpus, debt collection defense, public benefits claims, insurance, etc. The clinic only conducts case intake and accepts new cases from the second week of September to mid-April each year. Client intake is limited.

Address:

University of Michigan Law School

363 Legal Research Building

801 Monroe Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 763-4319

Website:https://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/generalclinic/Pages/default.aspx

Email: mclp@umich.edu

Veterans Affairs

The Washtenaw County DVA can help veterans, their survivors and dependents, file claims for benefits from Federal, State of Michigan, and local governments that may result with the following:

  • Disability Compensation

  • Education Assistance

  • Financial Assistance (Food, Housing, Medical, Transportation, Utilities)

  • Funeral and Burial Reimbursements

  • Home Loan Guarantees

  • Insurance 

  • Pension

Address:

2155 Hogback Rd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 8645

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (734) 973-4540

Website: https://www.washtenaw.org/959/Veterans-Affairs

Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy

The Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy provides legal advocacy for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. They help individuals obtain and maintain Social Security disability, Social Security Income, Medicaid, and family support stability.

Address:

1100 North Main Street, Suite 205

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: (734) 662-1256

Website: http://www.washtenawaca.org

Email: info@washtenawaca.org
Hours:

Mon-Thurs, 9:00am-4:30pm

Friday by appointment only

Washtenaw County Bar Association

The Washtenaw County Bar Association operates a Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). Call 734-996-3229 and state that you need a lawyer referral. You will speak briefly and confidentially with one of their staff members about your matter to determine what type of lawyer you need.

Address:

101 E. Huron St. Suite 1111

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: (734) 994-4912

Lawyer Referral and Information Service: (734) 996-3229

Website: https://www.washbar.org/public/lawyer-referral-information-service-lris/

Washtenaw County Foreclosure Intervention Collaborative

The Washtenaw County Foreclosure Intervention Collaborative is a collaborative effort to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. If you are a Washtenaw County resident and would like to schedule an appointment with a HUD and MSHDA certified housing counselor, please call the intake desk.This service is free.

Address:

Washtenaw County Community and Economic Development

415 W Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (734) 222-9595

Website: https://www.washtenaw.org/740/Mortgage-Tax-Foreclosure

Missing or Inaccurate information?

 

Please email info@canannarbor.org with suggestions for updates.

Mission

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CAN Washtenaw

Community Action Network website

CAN Academy

Online training & resources for CAN staff, interns, and volunteers

CAN Mission Statement

Community Action Network partners with children, youth, and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves, and improve the communities in which they live.

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