Legal Services and Programs2019-11-28T02:25:12+00:00
Civil Cases Only: 313.967.5800 or 877.964.4700 General Information: 313.967.5555
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Civil legal services at no cost to clients

At Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD), we proudly provide civil legal services in the following areas at no cost to individuals qualifying for our assistance:

Housing

  • Public housing
  • Landlord-tenant matters
  • Eviction Diversion
  • Mortgage foreclosures
  • Section 8 issues
  • Tax Foreclosures
  • Land Contracts

Public Benefits

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Social Security Disability (RSDI)
  • Health insurance
  • Social security
  • Food stamps
  • Medicaid/Medicare

Criminal Record Expungement

Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking

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Helping community members stay in their homes

Everyone needs safe and suitable housing, whether they own a home or rent one. When homelessness threatens, we at LAD help clients free of charge through eviction diversion programs and mortgage/tax foreclosure prevention.

Landlord-Tenant program

Our landlord-tenant program, the first of its kind in our area, assists landlords and tenants in resolving rental situations without a credit-damaging court judgment for the tenant. On the hearing date, we provide advice to clients, negotiation services and representation.

This program is voluntary and designed to benefit both tenants and landlords. Typically, tenants receive financial assistance to prevent eviction, and our staff negotiates a conditional dismissal with the landlord.

Foreclosure programs

Our Foreclosure Education and Assistance Program provides direct counsel and full-scale legal representation to those at risk of losing their homes because of land contract forfeiture, mortgage or tax foreclosure. We have been able to save many homes through litigation, negotiation and counsel. In addition, this program provides housing counselors who provide relevant resources and education.

Temporary housing

LAD also provides referrals for those who have suffered eviction and are homeless to help them obtain temporary shelter through CAM administered by Southwest Solutions (313) 305-0311 while they get back on their feet.

If you are a resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties and believe you could benefit from our assistance, please call 313.967.5800 or 877.964.4700 – Mondays or Wednesdays between the hours of 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Making public benefits programs accessible to those in need

At LAD, we fight to obtain a range of public benefits for those who have fallen on hard times, as well as individuals who cannot support themselves appropriately due to developmental, mental or physical disabilities. From income support to food assistance to medical insurance to disability benefits and other related resources, we are humbled to help our area’s most vulnerable residents obtain rightful public aid and assistance.

Specifically speaking, we can help individuals gain access to and assistance from the following programs:

  • Supplementary Security Income (SSI)
  • Social Security Disability (SSD)
  • Family Independence Payments
  • Food Assistance Payments (Food Stamp)
  • Medicare or Medicaid
  • Additional related programs

If you are a resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties and believe you could benefit from our assistance, please call 313.967.5800 or 877.964.4700 – Mondays or Wednesdays between the hours of 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Having criminal convictions on your record reduces your employment and housing options. Under Michigan law, many are eligible to have their criminal convictions set aside and made “nonpublic”. LAD provides free legal review your ICHAT (public internet criminal history through the Michigan State Police) to advise you on your eligibility to have your criminal conviction(s) set aside, and free legal representation through the record expungement process. For qualified applicants, some of the costs associated with the expungement process may be covered through grants.

If you are a resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties and believe you could benefit from our assistance, please call 313.967.5800 or 877.964.4700 – Mondays or Wednesdays between the hours of 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.