How Does the Program Work?
Michigan Free Legal Answers is an exciting new way for low-income residents to receive legal help. The website is part of the ABA's Free Legal Answers project. Volunteer attorneys answer your questions through the same website.
If you income-qualify (earning less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines) you can post your civil legal question, and a Michigan lawyer will provide an answer. The website is easy to use, and was designed to be mobile friendly. Volunteer attorneys will not answer criminal law questions.
Q. Does it cost anything to use this website?
A. No, it is a free service. However, you must be low income to qualify for an account.
Q. Am I guaranteed an answer to my question?
A. Although we do our best to answer all the questions, we cannot guarantee that every question will be answered. If a volunteer attorney has not answered your question within 30 days, you will get an email notifying you that your question has been closed.
Q. How many questions can I ask?
A. You can ask three questions every year.
Q. Who can see my information and my question?
A. All the volunteer attorneys who have signed up to answer questions on this website, and the site administrators, can see the legal questions that you ask on the website, as well as your name, the name of the opposing party, and the county that you live in. Only the volunteer attorney who is answering your question, and the site administrators, can see the attorney's answers to your legal questions. The legal questions and answers, and the information that you gave when you created your account, are not publicly available and will not appear in search results in google or on the internet.
Q. Can the volunteer attorney do anything else for me besides answer my question?
A. No, the volunteer attorney can only provide an answer to your legal question through the website. The volunteer attorney cannot represent you in court, prepare paperwork, give you ongoing advice or speak on your behalf to other people. Also, the attorney cannot email you directly, telephone you or set up an in person meeting; all advice will be given through the website. Once your question has been answered, the question will be closed.