Yesterday's Grand Opening of the newest SHC in Macomb County

Yesterday's Grand Opening of the newest SHC in Macomb County

Friday, October 23, 2015

Self-help center for legal matters opening in Macomb

By Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press5:33 p.m. EDT October 21, 2015

The center will be in the law library on the fifth floor of Macomb County Circuit Court in Mt. Clemens


Macomb County residents who need information about how to handle civil legal matters but cannot afford an attorney will have a new place for help.

The Michigan Legal Help Self-Help Center of Macomb County is to open its doors Thursday in the James C. Daner Law Library on the fifth floor of the Macomb County Circuit Court building in downtown Mt. Clemens.

This will be the third self-help center in metro Detroit, with other centers located in Smart Detroit in the Penobscot Building in downtown Detroit and in the Adams-Pratt Law Library in the Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac. There are six other local self-help centers throughout the state, according to a written statement.

The Macomb County center will be free for visitors.

Visitors can use computers and printers for free articles, court-approved forms and toolkits to help them resolve legal problems on their own. They also can receive help using the Michigan Legal Help website in English or Spanish at www.MichiganLegalHelp.org or www.ayudalegaldemichigan.org.

The center in Macomb County will be open 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

It is being offered through a joint effort with the Michigan Legal Help Program, Baker College and Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc.

Interns from the paralegal program at Baker College will help visitors find what they need on the website, find referrals to a lawyer or community service programs and answer questions about court practices and processes. They will not be able to give advice and will be supervised by staff from the Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc.

The Michigan Legal Help website has legal information about family law matters, protection from abuse, housing issues, consumer law, expungement, public benefits, income tax issues, estates and guardianship and individual rights. The nonprofit organization is funded by the Michigan State Bar Foundation, the Michigan Supreme Court and grants from the Legal Services Corp.

Contact Christina Hall: chall99@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter: @challreporter.