Legal Assistance Programs

Public Legal Assistance

Lawyer Referral & Information Service

161 Ottawa NW, Suite 203B
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 454-5550 ext 107

Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) staff can advise clients as to whether they require a lawyer. If so, the service can provide, for a $25.00 service fee, a free half-hour consultation with a referred lawyer. Some clients have problems that do not require the assistance of a lawyer, and these clients are referred to local community organizations. LRIS addresses both civil and criminal matters. More information.

Legal Assistance Center

Kent County Courthouse
180 Ottawa NW, Suite 5100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 632-6014

Legal Assistance Center provides information and materials to persons seeking to represent themselves in a non-criminal lawsuit. Most of their clients do not qualify for legal aid, and yet cannot afford a private attorney. The Legal Assistance Center addresses cases in most areas of civil law. These include i divorce, child custody, parenting time, child support, housing, landlord/tenant disputes, small claims, and garnishment.

For more information about the Legal Assistance Center, visit

Legal Aid of Western Michigan

89 Ionia NW Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 774-0672
(800) 442-2777

Legal Aid of Western Michigan provides free legal services in non-criminal cases to low income and elderly residents of Western Michigan. Applicants must qualify for these services under financial guidelines. Most families who receive government benefits or who have minimum wage jobs are typically eligible for services, up to 200% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.

Legal Aid considers cases in most areas of civil law. These include problems with government benefits, consumer loans and collections, housing, divorce due to domestic violence, and defendants in child custody cases. Legal Aid includes a Pro Bono Program for those clients that satisfy its financial guidelines. Once a client is accepted for legal aid, some clients are accepted into the Pro Bono Program, on a case priority basis.

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Michigan Legal Help

Michigan Legal Help is a website that was created to help people handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. There are articles to help people learn about specific areas of law as well as toolkits to help them prepare to represent themselves in court. Self-help tools include those for family, protection from abuse, housing, public benefits, and income tax.

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. For more information, visit

Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project

1104 Fuller Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 454-5055

The Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project (MMLAP) provides free legal services to the migrant population. Clients include farm, restaurant, and hotel workers. Without MMLAP intervention, these migrant workers would have no access to the legal system.

MMLAP is involved in community legal education, mediation, arbitration, and class action lawsuits on behalf of migrants. These lawsuits have addressed wage disputes, landlord/tenant issues, and workers' compensation particulars.

For complete information on Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project, see

Justice For Our Neighbors, United Methodist Committee on Relief (JFON-UMCOR)

8900 Georgia Ave., Room 208
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(240) 450-1186

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) provides free legal services to the immigrant population who have immigration problems. JFON operates a network of clinics, sponsored by local congregations, in which all immigrants are welcome.

Each JFON clinic is staffed by volunteers, case managers, and a volunteer attorney. Volunteers help clients prepare their materials for their consultation with the attorney. Case managers review files, make calls, and collect documents for the attorney. Attorneys receive training in immigration law and are responsible for initial assessments and follow-up visits.

For complete information on Justice For Our Neighbors, visit