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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:

Homeless Prevention

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.

  • Limited Rental Assistance
  • Public Housing
  • Landlord-tenant Matters
  • Eviction Diversion
  • Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Section 8 Issues
  • Tax Foreclosures
  • Land Contract Forfeitures

Click here to apply.


Oakland County Homelessness Prevention Program

If you are a resident of one of the following cities and you’re facing eviction, foreclosure, or at risk of homelessness associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here.

  • Berkley, Wixom
  • Commerce
  • Farmington Hills
  • Ferndale
  • Hazel Park
  • Madison Heights
  • Milford
  • Novi
  • Royal Oak
  • South Lyon
  • New Hudson
  • Wolverine Lake
  • Walled Lake

City of Detroit-Right to Counsel

In Detroit, the Right-to-Counsel (RTC) law ensures tenants facing eviction have the right to free legal representation, including any court proceedings. We are here to help. If you are being evicted, click here

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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 of 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 – Wednesdays between the hours of 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Click Here to Apply

Legal Aid and Defender provides legal services to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We can provide legal help with legal matters such as:

  • Homelessness prevention (eviction, repairs, mortgage or tax foreclosure, etc.)
  • Consumer (debt collection, garnishments, bankruptcy, etc).
  • Family Law (divorce, child support, PPO, etc)
  • Public Benefits such as food assistance/food stamps
  • Employment/Unemployment law matters
  • Criminal Record Expungement and License Restoration
  • Estate planning (powers of attorney, patient advocate designations)

If your legal issue isn’t listed, please give us a call at 313-254-5296 or click here.