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About Us

The Michigan Legal Help website and affiliated local self-help centers are part of the Michigan Legal Help Program. The Program works with judges, courts, lawyers, bar associations, nonprofit legal aid agencies, legal self-help centers, libraries and many others to promote coordinated and quality assistance for persons representing themselves in civil legal matters in Michigan.

The goal of the Michigan Legal Help website is to bring you accurate and trustworthy legal information. The information you will find here has been reviewed by attorneys and court staff to make sure it is correct. All of the form interviews have been tested many times to make sure everything works correctly. We check all of our content regularly to make sure it is up to date.

Our mission is to educate the public about their rights and responsibilities under the law and to teach web site visitors how to navigate the court system properly and efficiently when they have to handle a civil legal problem without a lawyer. If you decide that you need a lawyer or help from a community services organization, this web site can also guide you to a local resource to find what you need.

This web site does not contain legal advice. It is not a substitute for hiring a lawyer. This website does not cover all areas of the law. Instead, it focuses on making some legal information easier to understand. We are adding more information to the web site all the time, so if you don’t find what you need here today please check back in the future. If you would like to send us feedback, comments, or suggestions, please do so using the "Contact Us" link below.

Credits

In addition to the members and work groups of the Solutions on Self-Help Task Force and other individuals and partners who helped make this website possible, we would like to thank the following persons and companies for their professional services:

Steindom, Inc. (web development)
Q Ltd. (graphic design)
Jim Jasper (technology consultant)
W. Scott Friday (technology consultant)
Northcom, LLC (automated document programming)
Steve Simon (automated document programming)
Capstone Practice Systems, Inc. (automated document programming)
Law Help Interactive (hosting of online interviews)
Illinois Legal Aid Online Staff (project development partners)
Natalie Condon (videographer)
The Lazerbolt, LLC (videographer)
Kolt Communications, Inc. (public relations)
University of Michigan School of Information students (usability testing)

MLH Advisory Committee

MLH has an Adivsory Committee that provides input on overall planning, operations, and evaluations of the Michigan Legal Help Program. Members of this committee are:

Candace Crowley, Assistant Executive Director & Director of External Development, State Bar of Michigan

Margery Klausner, Director/CALL, Lakeshore Legal Aid/Counsel & Advocacy Law Line

Hon. Susan Dobrich, Chief Judge, Cass County Circuit Court Family Division

Amy Byrd, Forms and Records Manager, State Court Administrative Office

Dawn McCarty, Director, Michigan Judicial Institute

Robert Gillett, Executive Director, Michigan Advocacy Program

Deborah Hughes, Executive Director,  Legal Assistance Center of Kent County

Michelle Hall, Chief Counsel, Civil Law Group, Legal Aid and Defender Association

Laura Mancini, Director – Library Services, Oakland County Law Library

Hon. Kathleen McCarthy, Judge, 3rd Circuit Court

Dawn Monk, Deputy Administrator, State Court Administrative Office

Hon. Kirk Tabbey, Chief Judge, 14A District Court

Linda K. Rexer, Executive Director, Michigan State Bar Foundation

Doug Van Epps, Director, Office of Dispute Resolution, Michigan Supreme Court

Hon. Al Butzbaugh, Michigan State Bar Foundation Board of Directors, ex officio member

Matthew Walker, Forms & Manuals Analyst, State Court Administrative Office