Legal Services

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



2966 Woodward Ave.

Detroit, MI 48201

Phone: (313) 578-6800


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.

Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission

Address: P.O. Box 8647, Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (734) 794-6141



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

Better Business Bureau


20300 W. 12 Mile Rd. Suite 202

Southfield, MI 48076

Phone: (248) 223-9400


Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4:30pm

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.

Dispute Resolution Center


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

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (734) 794-2125



Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

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.

Eastern Michigan University Legal Resource Center


Washtenaw County Courthouse

101 East Huron St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (734) 994-0160

Hours: Tue-Thurs, 9am-4pm

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

Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan


P.O. Box 7825

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (734) 994-3426 or (877) 979-3247



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

Foreclosure Prevention- Washtenaw County Treasurer


200 N. Main St. Suite 200

P.O. Box 8645

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (734) 222-6600




Mon-Fri, 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-5pm

Seniors can contact the Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors to seek free help from experienced attorneys on various legal topics.

Legal Hotline for Seniors

Phone: (800) 347-5297


Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-3pm

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.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan


420 N 4th Ave.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: (734) 665-6181

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm is a statewide guide to legal services for low-income persons and

seniors in civil (non-criminal) cases.

Michigan Legal Help

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

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services


4095 Legacy Pkwy Suite 500

Lansing, MI 48911

Phone: (800) 288-5923

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm

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.

Pediatric Advocacy Initiative


701 S. State St.

 Ann Arbor MI 48109

Phone: (734) 763-1942



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.

State Bar of Michigan


Michael Franck Building, 306 Townsend St.

Lansing, MI 48933

Public Inquiries: (517) 346-6300

Lawyer Referral Service: (800) 968-0738


Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm

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.

University of Michigan Child Advocacy Law Clinic


625 South State St.

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Phone: (734) 763-5000


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.

University of Michigan Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic


University of Michigan Law School

363 Legal Research Building

801 Monroe Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 763-4319



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

Veterans Affairs


2155 Hogback P.O. Box 8645

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (734) 973-4540


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.

Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy

Address: 1101 North Main Street, Suite 205, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: (734) 662-1256



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

Friday by appointment only

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.

Washtenaw County Bar Association


101 E. Huron St. Suite 1111

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (734) 994-4912


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.

Washtenaw County Foreclosure Intervention Collaborative


Washtenaw County Community and Economic Development

415 W Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (734) 222-9595


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