Ingham County Legal Self-Help Center holds grand opening

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The Ingham County Legal Self-Help Center – A Michigan Legal Help Partner, held a grand opening on Oct. 21, with guest speakers Angela Tripp, director of the Michigan Legal Help Program, and 54-A District Court Judge Cynthia Ward.

The center is located in the Library of Michigan/State Law Library, 720 W. Kalamazoo St. Lansing. The library is already known for providing legal resources to the public including access to services like Westlaw, Lexis, ProQuest newspaper and government databases, and National Consumer Law Center materials.

The library is adding new equipment and a designated area for Self-Help Center activity. Visitors can use computers and high-speed Internet connection to access the tools and resources and use the Michigan Legal Help (MLH) website in English (MichiganLegalHelp.org) or Spanish (AyudaLegaldeMichigan.org).

The Ingham County Legal Self-Help Center is the twentieth self-help center (SHC) to open in the statewide network and operates 10 am to 5 pm., weekdays.

The non-profit Michigan Legal Help Program has two major components: the MichiganLegalHelp.org website and the “brick-and-mortar” Michigan Legal Help Self-Help Centers across the state. Visitors can obtain free information from the website with toolkits that contain articles, answers to common questions, and court-approved forms that can be filled out online using a question-and-answer format. A Guide to Legal Help can help visitors look for a lawyer, and provide information about community services and details about local courts.

The MLH website has information about family law matters; personal safety; housing issues; money and debt; public assistance; income tax; crime, traffic, and ID; employment; end of life planning; education; immigration; farmworker issues; going to court; and e-Filing court documents.

The Michigan Legal Help Program collaborates with lawyers, court personnel, librarians, community organizations, and volunteers, and is funded by the Michigan State Bar Foundation, Michigan Supreme Court, and through grants from the Legal Services Corporation and others.


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