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Happy Holidays from Michigan Legal Help!

Happy Holidays from Michigan Legal Help!

Monday, December 23, 2013

We at the Michigan Legal Help Program wish you happy holidays, and hope that 2014 brings great things everyone! As we head in to the new year, we wanted to share a brief update about what's new with Michigan Legal Help:

  • We now have automated interviews for all three types of personal protection ordersDomestic Relationship, Nondomestic (Stalking) and Nondomestic (Sexual Assault). We also have a new automated interview for a Motion to Set Aside Default in a civil case.
  • We want to remind everyone that LiveHelp is available from 11am until 3pm during each week. It will be closed for the holidays on 12/24, 12/25, 12/27, 12/31, and 1/1/14. LiveHelp is a chat-based feature where website visitors can get assistance navigating the website and answers to their legal information questions, but not legal advice.) This new feature has been very popular – we had almost 800 chats in September, October and November.
  • Two new Self-Help Centers celebrated their grand openings recently - Monroe County (October 7th) and Marquette County (November 1st). Four other Self-Help Centers in Wayne, Oakland, Oscoda and Allegan counties celebrated their first anniversaries this fall as well, and the Center in Muskegon is having a great first year.
  • Starting on January 1st, the MLH Self-Help Center of Wayne County will be housed in the Smart Detroit offices in the Penobscot building, and will have expanded hours – learn more on the Center’s portal page.
  • We’ve been working with a team of translators who are translating our most popular content into Spanish – look for this new feature of Michigan Legal Help in early 2014!
  • Finally, in 2014 we will be accepting applications for local Self-Help Centers on a rolling basis. If you would like one in your community, please consider reaching out to other organizations in your community to for a Self-Help Center planning committee and submit a proposal. The application is below.

Thanks for all of your continued support! As always, we love feedback - so please feel free to drop us a line if you have suggestions or comments about Michigan Legal Help and how we can better serve the self-represented people in Michigan. As we look forward to our expansion plans in 2014, your feedback is even more important!