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Soft Launch of Michigan Legal Help During May-June, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

We are pleased to announce the “soft launch” of the Michigan Legal Help web site. The Michigan Legal Help website is designed as a user-friendly way to help Michigan residents handle some simple legal problems without a lawyer. There are articles you can read to learn about specific areas of the law. You can also use the information here to complete forms and prepare to represent yourself in court. If you need more help, you can search for a lawyer or community service organization in your area.

The web site provides information, not legal advice.  It is not a substitute for hiring a lawyer when one is needed.  If a problem is too complicated, this website will direct the user to a page to help find a local lawyer who can assist.  The website also does not cover all areas of law.  It will provide trustworthy content not only for individuals to use but for local self-help centers too.

This web site is funded by a grant from the Michigan State Bar Foundation (MSBF) as part of the Solutions on Self-Help Taskforce (SOSTF). The SOSTF was created in April 2010 by then Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly to promote greater centralization, coordination, and quality of support for self-represented litigants in Michigan.

A “soft launch” of Michigan Legal Help is planned for May and June, 2012. During this “soft launch,” new content and other site enhancements continue to be added. We hope users will help us make improvements by telling us what you think. We'd love to hear your comments, thoughts, suggestions and ideas. What do you like? What do you think could be improved? Please explore the site and give us your suggestions.

If you can’t find what you need, please come back soon, as we will be adding new legal information content to this site every week.

If you experience any problems, please do let us know and we'll do our best to help. You can give us feedback via the “Tell us what you think” link at the top of the site, or by using the “Contact us” link in the footer of the site. We won’t be able to respond to your comments directly, but we will read your suggestions while we make improvements to the site over the coming weeks. Thank you!