The Michigan Legal Help Self-Help Center of Oakland County is located in the Adams-Pratt Law Library in the Oakland County Courthouse, Building 14 East - 2nd Floor, at 1200 N. Telegraph in Pontiac. The Self-Help Center is staffed by navigators who can help visitors use the Michigan Legal Help website to gain information about how to handle simple civil legal matters. The Self-Help Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am until 5:00pm. Another branch of the Self-Help Center is located in the Oakland County Clerk’s office, Building 12 East, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. in Pontiac. This location is open from 8:00am until 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
In addition to the website, self-help center staff (called ‘navigators’) will be available to help visitors find what they need on the website, answer questions about court practices and processes, and answer simple questions about forms that are available on the website. Navigators cannot give legal advice.
Other forms of assistance are available at the Adams-Pratt Law Library, if a Self-Help Center visitor needs more help.
Common Ground hosts a Legal Aid Clinic every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Individuals may come for a free consultation with a licensed attorney on any legal matter. Participation is on a first come, first served walk-in basis. Attendees may register in the library any time before 12:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Common Ground at (248) 451-3753.
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Mobile Law Office is held two Tuesday mornings a month, from 10:00am - 1:00pm. This free legal assistance clinic is available to low income individuals. For a private consultation with an attorney or a law student to help resolve legal issues, attendees must sign in onsite before 12:30pm. Participation is on a first come, first served basis.
The Family Law Assistance Project holds walk-in intake clinics law legal aid clinics from 1:00pm to 4:00pm every other Wednesday. Attendees may register in the Library before 3:30pm. These services are available low-income individuals who are United States citizens or eligible aliens; who need legal services in Oakland County or live in Oakland County; whose circumstances are related to a domestic Personal Protection Order (PPO) or family law issue such as divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, minor guardianship, etc.; and who are not represented by an attorney.
HELP Desk - a LAD Clinic is held the fourth Thursday of each month at the Oakland County courthouse from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. These clinics are held in the North Lobby of 1200 North Telegraph in Pontiac. This program provides legal information and referrals as well as legal advice for eligible residents.
Other local agencies providing legal assistance include the following (click on the links to learn more):
- Christian Legal Aid Clinics are held every Tuesday afternoon from 12:00 to 2:00pm at St. Vincent de Paul, 46408 Woodward, Pontiac, MI 48342. Call (248) 269-2027 for more information.
- Legal Aid and Defender Clinics are held in Ferndale, Southfield, and Pontiac on a rotating basis for any legal matter; there is an income requirement. Call (248) 253-1548 x 4005 for the schedule and location information.
- The Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic is located at 34 Oakland, Pontiac, MI 48342; interested individuals should call (313) 361-6340 to find out if they are eligible, and to make an appointment.
- Thomas M. Cooley Law School Estate Planning Clinic provides free estate planning services to certain Oakland County residents who are 60 or older at their Auburn Hills Campus, 2630 Featherstone Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326, (248) 335-0125.
- Legal Aid and Defender Association provides free legal assistance to income-eligible people in a wide variety of civil legal matters; call (877) 964-4700.
- Justice for Our Neighbors provides free legal advice, counsel and immigration representation on a range of immigration legal issues to immigrants with a household income at or below 200% of the poverty line; call (734) 709-1151.