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Legal Services of Northern Michigan

Legal Services of Northern Michigan provides a full range of legal services in most areas of civil law for people who meet Federal poverty guidelines or who are 60 years of age or older. These services include: basic discussion of client rights; counseling; preparation of letters, documents, deeds, and pleadings; negotiations; administrative hearings; trials; and, in some cases, appeals, and community legal education presentations.

Legal Services of Northern Michigan does not provide service for criminal cases, traffic tickets or "fee-generating" cases. Services may be limited based upon funding levels and restrictions.

Legal Services of Northern Michigan offers a new online legal aid and legal help web site. Access the web site at for a one on one dialog with an attorney. This service is available for the upper peninsula and Northern lowerpeninsula


Intake is currently done by phone only.
No in-person appointments are being conducted at this time due to Gov. Whitmer's orders.

Helping Hardest-Hit Homeowners
Visit the MSHDA web site Helping Hardest Hit Homeowners.

Michigan's Helping Hardest Hit Homeowners plan is designed to provide:
  • Mortgage payment assistance for homeowners currently receiving unemployment compensation,
  • Rescue funds for homeowners who have fallen behind in their mortgage payments due to no fault of their own and who have overcome this obstacle, and
  • Federal matching funds for principal reductions for homeowners who can no longer afford their mortgage payments as a result of reduced income.

Legal representation can be obtained in civil law areas such as:

Domestic Relations -
Divorces involving recent and substantial spouse and/or child abuse; custody cases where there is evidence of abuse or neglect of the children.

Public Benefits and Administrative -
Application, denial or termination of FIP, Food Stamps, Supplementary Security Income, State Disability, Emergency Needs, Medicaid, and Unemployment Compensation.

Housing -
Private rental housing including evictions, lockouts, utility terminations and leases, public housing including admission policies, rent levels and evictions; home ownership including forfeitures and government-subsidized home ownership programs; discrimination in any form of housing.

Consumer -
Contracts, debts and repossessions; unfair or deceptive sales practices; unlawful debt collection; finance and installment agreement problems; utility shut-offs; and bankruptcies.

Healthcare -
Medicare and Medicaid; health access and private health insurance issues.

Elder Law -
Elder abuse; guardian/conservatorship defense; powers of attorney; medical directives; and financial exploitation of seniors. In 2003 19% of LSNM's clients were seniors.

School Problems -
Detention, suspension, expulsion or other exclusions; denial of rights and services to students eligible for special education.

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Funded in part by the Legal Services Corporation, Michigan State Bar Foundation, OSA and Area Agencies on Aging regions 9, 10 & 11.
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Serving the Following counties in Northern Michigan - Alcona Alger Alpena Antrim Baraga Benzie Charlevoix Cheboygan Chippewa Crawford Delta Dickinson Emmet Gogebic Grand Traverse Houghton Iosco Iron Kalkaska Keweenaw Leelanau Luce Mackinac Manistee Marquette Menominee Missaukee Montmorency Ogemaw Ontonagon Oscoda Otsego Presque isle Roscommon Schoolcraft Wexford

From the following Offices -
110 N. Third Ave.
Alpena, MI 49707
(989) 356-9081
(989) 354-4711 Fax
(888) 356-9009 Toll Free
806 Ludington Street
Escanaba, MI 49829
(906) 786-2303
(906) 786-4041 Fax
(888) 786-2303 Toll Free
1349 S. Otsego Ave., Unit 7B
Gaylord, MI 49735
(989) 705-1067
(989) 705-7178 Fax
(888) 645-9993 Toll Free
706 Sharon Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 482-3908
(906) 482-4748 Fax
(888) 482-2343 Toll Free
112 W. Washington Street
Suite 1
Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 228-5620
(906) 228-3439 Fax
(888) 228-5590 Toll Free
130 W. Spruce Street
P. O. Box 710
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
(906) 632-3361
(906) 632-9876 Fax
(888) 632-9313 Toll Free
221 Garland Street
Suite H
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 941-0771
(231) 941-9876 Fax
(888) 941-9599 Toll Free

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