Community Resources: Legal Help


Baxter Community Center, opens a new window

Sponsors lawyer Jeffrey Portko on certain Saturdays throughout the year. Portko is available to answer legal questions including landlord issues, bankruptcy, and more.

Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan, opens a new window

Provides confidential and affordable mediation services, including legal, neighbor, workplace, civil rights, parenting, contracts, and many other kinds of disputes.

Legal Assistance Center, opens a new window

Offers legal information and forms about family, housing, small claims, guardianship, and other issues. Does not provide legal advice or representation.

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Income Based

Legal Aid of Western Michigan, opens a new window

Provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals facing a civil legal problem. Will defend, but not initiate custody cases.

Mel Trotter Ministries, opens a new window

Partners with various agencies to provide free legal guidance to low income individuals. Legal volunteers are not able to represent in court.

Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids, opens a new window

Provides low-cost legal representation in immigration matters, through Immigration Legal Services. Staff help their clients re-unite families, obtain citizenship and permanent resident status, and assist victims of crime. 

Migrant Legal Aid, opens a new window

Provides programs and services to help ensure migrants are not subject to discriminatory treatment, focusing on five areas: advocacy, community education, outreach, legal advice, and representation/referrals.

Other Resources

Disability Rights Michigan

DRM is a non-profit organization which provides legal assistance for people with disabilities. Services include information and referral, legal representation, systemic advocacy, monitoring, and training.

Elder Law of Michigan, opens a new window

Offers free access to attorneys for Michigan residents, age 60 and older. Provides advice on issues such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, will, real estate, personal injury, and other matters

Hispanic Center of West Michigan, opens a new window

Provides power of attorney letters, passport applications, birth certificate information, and immigration-related concerns. The center also sponsors Project H.O.P.E., which offers legal support for those impacted by domestic violence, assault, dating violence, or stalking. 

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