MICHIGAN LEGAL HELP SELF-HELP CENTER OF MARQUETTE COUNTY TO OPEN AT NOON ON
NOVEMBER 1, 2013
Residents of Marquette County who are unable to afford an attorney have a
new place to go for assistance, the Michigan Legal Help Self-Help Center
of Marquette County. Located on the 2nd floor of the Peter White Public
Library, the Self-Help Center assists visitors in using the Michigan Legal
Help website. The Center is an internet-based self-help center that makes
use of the free legal information website www.MichiganLegalHelp.org.
People can access information about how to represent themselves in simple
civil legal matters. The Self-Help Center is open during regular library
hours. There will be an Open House on Friday, November 1 from noon to
The Michigan Legal Help website was created to make legal information
easier to understand and to show people how to navigate the court system
properly and efficiently. The website contains articles explaining
specific areas of law, toolkits, forms and instructional checklists to
help prepare people who represent themselves in court. Many court forms
can be filled out online using a simple question and answer interview
The website can also help users look for a lawyer in their area if they
need more assistance. The website includes information about local
community services and details about the court where a website visitorís
legal issue may be handled.
Current website topics include family law matters, protection from abuse,
housing issues, consumer law problems, public benefits, income tax, and
expungement. Family law matters include divorce, custody, and child
support. Consumer legal issues covered are suits regarding debts, small
claims, installment payment plans and garnishment. The housing section
deals with leases, security deposits, landlord/tenant issues, mobile
homes, eviction and subsidized housing. Public benefits materials include
articles and common questions about state and federal public benefits such
as food stamps, cash assistance, and Social Security benefits. The Income
Tax materials focus on the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits, and
opportunities for free tax preparation for low-income individuals.
Expungement provides information about setting aside an adult criminal
conviction or a juvenile adjudication. Although it does not cover all
areas of law, new content will be added frequently.
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.
Michigan Legal Help is funded by the Michigan State Bar Foundation, The
Legal Services Corporation, and Legal Services of South Central Michigan.
For more information, call the libraryís Reference Department at