For more than 40 years, Legal Services Corporation funded agencies in Western Michigan have provided free legal assistance to low income persons and Seniors in non-criminal, non-fee generating matters. Legal Aid of Western Michigan currently serves people in 17 counties in the lower Western part of Michigan with offices in Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Niles and St. Joseph.
The attorneys at Legal Aid of Western Michigan provide a full range of legal assistance to eligible clients. Services include:
- Counsel and advice--including telephone intake, advice & brief service;
- Representation in cases with administrative agencies
- Representation in Michigan Courts.
Legal Aid provides legal advice and representation in a broad range of areas including consumer cases, family matters, housing problems, government benefits such as SSI, Food Stamps and Medicaid, and other "non-fee-generating" cases. LAWM may provide some assistance with an expungement case where the conviction is an obstacle to employment, housing, education or public benefits.
"Fee-generating cases" are ones that a private attorney will handle with the agreement that the fee will be paid if the attorney gets a Judgment or settlement for money damages. Legal Aid does not handle this type of case.
Legal Aid does not charge attorney fees to eligible clients. Clients may be asked to pay some court costs or out-of-pocket expenses.
Legal Aid does not handle criminal matters. If you are low income and are charged with a crime, contact the Court to ask for appointed counsel.