Michigan Legal Help Self-Help Center of Oakland County

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 12:30 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.

The Family Law Assistance Project holds walk-in intake clinics law legal aid clinics from 12:30pm to 3:30pm every other Wednesday. The clinic is held in the Oakland County Law Library at 1200 N Telegraph, Bldg 14 East, Pontiac, MI, 48341. Attendees may register in the Library before 3:00pm.  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.

The Legal Aid and Defender Association Outreach Clinic offers free legal clinics to low-income individuals at the Oakland County Law Library. The clinics are held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every other Wednesday. The clinics focus on civil law issues only for individuals and families. Attorneys will inform individuals about court procedures and forms, will advise them of their rights, and in some cases represent them in court. The clinics are available to residents of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. Participation is on a first come, first served walk-in basis. Attendees may register in the Law Library any time before 3:00 p.m. on the clinic date.

The Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic offers qualifying low-income individuals free legal assistance for civil law issues except those related to Family Law, Immigration or Estate Planning at the Oakland County Law Library. Clinics are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. First come, first served. Please arrive by 10:00 a.m.

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.
  • 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.