2015 End of the Year Greetings

2015 End of the Year Greetings

Friday, December 18, 2015

Well, the verdict is clear: we’re doing lots of things right! The Michigan Legal Help Program is now in its third year, and the state-wide project to help self-represented litigants in Michigan is growing:

  • 6.3 million page views to www.michiganlegalhelp.org since August 2012
  • 23,000+ visits per week
  • 276 sets of forms completed per day on LawHelp Interactive
  • 10 Self-Help Center locations

As 2015 ends, we would like to share some recent highlights with you:

  • This fall we improved the website design. The new toolkit layout collapses the Common Questions and makes the important, county-specific Checklists easier to find.  We also updated the LiveHelp button so it floats on the screen while you search the site. Traffic on the chat service increased right away. Now it is easier for visitors to find the legal information they need and succeed with their cases. If you have any feedback about these changes, we'd love to hear it!
  • As always, we continue to develop new legal content and work with our partners. The new section on Estates & Guardianships achieves both these goals. The Small Estates Toolkit: How to Transfer Property When Someone Dies explains simplified processes and informal probate proceedings. The automated interview helps people handle estates valued at $22,000 or less.
  • We are also very proud that the Spanish-language version of the website, ayudalegaldemichigan.org, is complete! All content, including housing, is available en español. We will continue to translate new content as it is added to MLH.
  • The Self-Help Network also grew by a lot in 2015! Services to the Detroit metro area increased dramatically. MI Supreme Court Justice Viviano came to the MLH Self-Help Center of Macomb County opening on October 22nd. Then, on November 19th, the MLH Legal Self-Help Center of Southwest Detroit opened at Family Alliance for Change. This site will complement the bilingual website and help Latino residents. This SHC is the second one in Wayne County. The original site, on the 13th Floor of the Penobscot Building in downtown Detroit, expanded its services this month! Approximately 300 hundred people per month use the six computer stations now available. Welcome to all of our new Navigators who joined this year!

We are grateful to everyone who has helped to improve and expand our project. And we are excited about what is coming in 2016! Look for a new content area on Special Education coming soon…

Happy Holidays from the MLHP Team