Legal Services of Eastern Michigan is a nonprofit organization that gives free civil legal help to low-income people.
Our mission is to use legal skills to address the causes and effects of poverty, especially those that affect a low-income person's ability to survive.
For information or help, call 1-800-322-4512
Attorneys Use Holistic Approach at LSEM
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan (LSEM), a nonprofit law firm, is now taking the holistic approach to helping clients. Everyone who calls into the office gets to talk directly to an attorney. In previous years a secretary would take the phone call and make an appointment with an attorney for a later time. With attorneys taking the calls at the beginning of the process, they’re able to pinpoint the client’s problem more effectively and even recognize other possible issues as well.
New Regulations Make it Easier for Disabled People to Clear Student Loans
July 17, 2013 - (Flint, MI) – The changes will ease the burden on people who are disabled and are trying to get a total and permanent disability (TPD) discharge of student loans.
The new regulations, which went into effect July first, make it easier for people to prove they’re disabled. Instead of having to go through several doctor’s certifications, which can take months, they can just use their state disability status.
Grant to Help LSEM Prevent Homelessness
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan will be able to continue its work to prevent some Flint residents from becoming homeless thanks to a grant from the City of Flint. The city gave LSEM a $13,000 grant to be used for the Housing Law Assistance Project to help provide free legal assistance to low-income Flint residents at risk of losing their homes.
Michigan Law to Help Past Criminals Get a Fresh Start is Not Working
A Michigan law created to help past criminals wipe their slates clean so they can find jobs, does not seem to be working as well as expected. It was signed into law two years ago and allows a person looking to set aside a felony conviction to have up to two additional “minor offenses” which could include misdemeanors or ordinance violations. The legislation amended the 1965 law that only allowed a person with one criminal conviction to apply.
Fair Housing Testers are in Our Corner!
A big part of the reason The Fair Housing Center of Eastern Michigan, is successful in helping cut down on discrimination, is our testing staff. We have testers who actually go out into the field almost every day and test landlords and lenders face-to-face. Our Flint and Saginaw offices each have about 70-80 testers.
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“She seemed pleasant enough,” said Laurie (a name used exclusively for this story). “We talked and she said they (the mobile home management company) didn’t have any mobile homes to show right now, but she said she’d call me – but only once so as not to bother me.”
Laurie walked away from her mobile home hunt feeling okay about her experience. She didn’t see any mobile homes, but that didn’t really matter. She wasn’t there to rent, she was there to test. Test the rental managers to find out if they were discriminating against minorities.
LSEM Helps Ailing Woman Fend off Credit Agency
It had been five years since she filed for bankruptcy, yet one Flint woman was still feeling the effects of her financial problems from 2008. 62-year-old Glenda (fictional name) had been getting calls from a credit agency about debt from a credit card she says she can’t even remember having. The debt was supposed to be listed in her bankruptcy proceedings and taken care of back in 2008, but it was left out by mistake. Upset and panicked - Glenda called Legal Services of Eastern Michigan for help.
We may not realize it, but most of us are very trusting. We actually trust strangers all the time. We trust that the guy driving next to us isn’t going to swerve into our lane; we trust that the grocer is going to charge us pretty close to market prices for our fruits and vegetables; we trust that the gas we get at the corner station will be okay for our vehicles. Where would we be without these simple trusts?
Michigan Residents are Getting Nailed with Old Utility Bills!
Imagine – you pay your bills on time – go about your business and then wham! You’re hit with a huge utility bill – and not even your own – someone else’s! AND it’s LEGAL!