County, State, and Federal Resources
53rd District Court Eviction Diversion Program
The 53rd District Court offers an Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) under the assistance of Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM). Legal Services provides free legal advice and representation to low income individuals, families, and older adults. If you qualify, this program will offer attorney assistance and mediation aid with your matter. If you are interested in the Legal Assistance/Eviction Diversion Program, please contact LSSCM at (517) 394-2985 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please contact the office within 48 hours of receiving this notice to maximize Legal Services ability to provide proper representation for your Landlord Tenant matter. For more information on District Court EDP, visit our District Court Landlord Tenant Information & Resources Page.
Parties can resolve Small Claims, General Civil, or Landlord/Tenant disputes online with or without a mediator. The process is free, confidential, and available online 24/7. MI-RESOLVE can be accessed through a PC, tablet, or smartphone at: courtinnovations.com/MIWDRC
Additional instructions on how to utilize MI-RESOLVE can be found at: courts.mi.gov/HowToMIResolve
Michigan One Court of Justice
Michigan One Court of Justice is an informational resource provided by the Michigan Supreme Court. The website contains information on general legal self-help, resources for self-represented litigants, court forms, and other court related information. Their website can be found at the Michigan Courts Legal Self-Help Center.
Livingston County Legal Self-Help Center
The Livingston County Legal Self-Help Center provides self-help staff to answer any questions about MichiganLegalHelp.org, court practices and processes, and filling out court forms. The Self-Help Center also gives the public access to computers to use MichiganLegalHelp.org. Their office can be found at the Howell Carnegie District Library, located at 314 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48843.
Dispute Resolution Center for Michigan
If you require assistance or have questions pertaining to case mediation, the Dispute Resolution Center for Michigan may be reached during their available hours via phone or email. Online form submission for off-hour questions or concerns can also be submitted at the Dispute Resolution Center’s contact page.
4133 Washtenaw Ave, Ste. B125
P.O. Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Public Legal Aid and Law Organizations
Michigan Legal Help
Michigan Legal Help contains a wide variety of resources and information for all of your legal needs. Their website has extensive information on legal self-help and self representation, case filing, professional resources/representation, and much more. The Livingston County Legal Self-Help Center provides additional assistance in navigating and learning what Michigan Legal Help has to offer at their in-person office, located at Howell Carnegie District Library. Michigan Legal Help’s website may be found at: michiganlegalhelp.org.
State Bar of Michigan – Legal Guides and Information
The Legal Guides and Information website provided by the State Bar of Michigan has a plethora of resources for a wide range of legal needs. The website provides resources and information for legal terminology, immigrant law services, finding and hiring lawyers/attorneys, probate and estate planning, and answers to a variety of commonly asked law questions. Learn More
Legal Services of South Central Michigan
“Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) provides free legal advice and representation to low-income individuals, families, and older adults in Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw Counties. LSSCM also provides legal services to older adults of St. Joseph County. Please visit How to Get Our Help to connect with one of our offices and visit Our Impact to learn more about our work.”
3490 Belle Chase Way, Ste. 50 Lansing,
Phone: (517) 394-2985
Toll Free: (888) 783- 9190
Elder Law of Michigan
Elder Law of Michigan (ELM) provides services for the economically vulnerable elder population of Michigan, many of which come free of charge. ELM helps to ensure that elders are receiving the essential services necessary for their livelihood. They advocate on behalf of food insecurity, pension, affordable housing, and more. For more information, visit their website at: elderlawofmi.org.
Phone: (517) 485-9164
Toll Free: (866) 400-9164
University of Michigan Law School – Civil Criminal Litigation/Veterans Legal Clinic
As an extension of the University of Michigan’s Law School, law students are given the opportunity to represent real cases and clients within Michigan State Courts under the supervision of Faculty Members. These cases range from a variety of legal issues and law ‘categories’. Two such areas that students may participate in are the Civil Criminal Litigations and the Veteran Legal Representation. For more information, visit the University of Michigan’s Law Clinic website.
Phone: (734) 763-4319
Michigan State University College of Law – Housing Clinic
Michigan State University offers students within its College of Law the opportunity to participate in their Housing Justice Clinic, an opportunity that puts students into a real working environment where they are in direct contact with clients. Students are responsible for collaborating with faculty members to find the best to represent each case and remain in contact with clients throughout the planning and legal process. The Housing Justice Clinic focuses on representing middle to low income Michigan residents who face tenant or homeownership issues. They may be contacted via phone at 517-432-6880. Learn More
Michigan Court Officers, Deputy Sheriffs and Process Servers’ Association (MCODSA)
The MCDOSA website provides information on training, certifications, and seminars for Process Servers. For citizens, the website also contains a Process Server search database that allows you to locate Process Servers in your county. For more information on MCODSA and Process Servers in Michigan, visit their website at: www.mcodsa.com