About Us

The Michigan Legal Help website and affiliated local self-help centers are part of the Michigan Legal Help Program. The Program works with judges, courts, lawyers, bar associations, nonprofit legal aid agencies, legal self-help centers, libraries and many others to promote coordinated and quality assistance for persons representing themselves in civil legal matters in Michigan.

The Michigan Law Help website is managed by staff at the Michigan Poverty Law Program (MPLP). MPLP is a joint effort of Legal Services of South Central Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School. MPLP provides state support services to legal aid programs and other poverty law advocates throughout Michigan.

The goal of the Michigan Law Help website is to bring you accurate and trustworthy legal information. The information you will find here has been reviewed by attorneys and court staff to make sure it is correct. All of the form interviews have been tested many times to make sure everything works correctly. We check all of our content regularly to make sure it is up to date.

Our mission is to educate the public about their rights and responsibilities under the law and to teach web site visitors how to navigate the court system properly and efficiently when they have to handle a civil legal problem without a lawyer. If you decide that you need a lawyer or help from a community services organization, this web site can also guide you to a local resource to find what you need.

This web site does not contain legal advice. It is not a substitute for hiring a lawyer. This website does not cover all areas of the law. Instead, it focuses on making some legal information easier to understand. We are adding more information to the web site all the time, so if you don’t find what you need here today please check back in the future. If you would like to send us feedback, comments, or suggestions, please do so using the "Contact Us" link below.

Credits

In addition to the members and work groups of the Solutions on Self-Help Task Force and other individuals and partners who helped make this website possible, we would like to thank the following persons and companies for their professional services:

Steindom, Inc. (web development)
Q Ltd. (graphic design)
Jim Jasper (technology consultant)
W. Scott Friday (technology consultant)
Steve Simon (automated document programing)
Capstone Practice Systems, Inc. (automated document programming)
Law Help Interactive (hosting of online interviews)
Illinois Legal Aid Online Staff (project development partners)
Natalie Condon (videographer)
Kolt Communications, Inc. (public relations)
University of Michigan School of Information students (usability testing)