Self-Help Resources

If Legal Services of Northern Michigan is not able to represent you, or for further information and self-help tools to assist with your legal issue, visit Michigan Legal Help at

Michigan Legal Help is a statewide website with free and accurate legal information for people representing themselves in court. It also has referrals to help residents find a lawyer, self-help center, court, or other community organization to help with an ongoing legal problem. And, there is a link to a food assistance eligibility calculator.

Counsel and Advocacy Law Line (CALL) 1-888-783-8190 provides intake services for members of LSNM’s service area experiencing unemployment benefits issues.

Some additional helpful resources are listed below:

LSNM Self Help Resources

State Bar of Michigan

If you do not qualify for services through LSNM, use this website to find helpful legal information and to find a lawyer to assist you with your legal matter.

Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence

MCEDSV is dedicated to the empowerment of all the state’s survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Its mission is to develop and promote efforts aimed at the elimination of all domestic and sexual violence in Michigan. Resource and referral information for survivors is available on the website.

Sexual Assault Hotline: 855-VOICES4 or
Domestic Violence Hotline: 866-VOICEDV or

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224 - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

NCADV’s mission is to lead, mobilize and raise voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. It is dedicated to supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable and supporting advocates.

Disability Rights

The mission of Disability Rights Michigan (DRM) is to advocate and protect the legal rights of people with disabilities.

Social Security Administration

Apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and more – from anywhere and from any of your devices!

Michigan Elder Justice Initiative

The Michigan Elder Justice Initiative seeks to empower, educate and protect low income older adults and people with disabilities.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

MILS provides legal services statewide to income-eligible individuals and Tribes, advocates for the rights of individuals, advances systems of justice, and works to preserve Indian families through state and tribal courts. MILS also offers assistance with expungement of criminal records.

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NaMUS) – Missing Indigenous Persons

A searchable database of reported missing indigenous persons is available to the public and law enforcement and provides a tool for sharing and comparing case information across the country.

Michigan Immigrant Rights Center

The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is a resource center for advocates seeking equal justice for Michigan's immigrants. MIRC works to build a thriving Michigan where immigrant communities are fully integrated and respected.

Farm Worker Legal Services of Michigan

Farmworker Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to low-income migrant and seasonal farm workers in Michigan.

National Employment Law Project

NELP fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and the unemployed.

National Association of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives

NOSSCR is a specialized bar association for attorneys and advocates who represent Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income claimants throughout the adjudicative process.

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

To apply for benefits:

To report abuse: If you suspect abuse or neglect, call 855-444-3911 any time day or night. This toll-free phone number allows you to report abuse or neglect of any child or adult in Michigan.

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

800-642-4838 - They are available to answer questions regarding veteran benefits and assistance.

The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW)

THAW is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to stabilize and empower Michigan families—keeping them healthy, safe and warm.

Michigan Free Tax Help

Free tax preparation & e-filing for low-income taxpayers

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