State Bar of Michigan

Frontline Responders
Legal Helpline

Free Legal Assistance from Michigan Attorneys

Lawyers Help

Frontline responders, you’re there for us. Michigan lawyers are here for you.

If you’re on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 and you want help with certain crucial legal documents, call (800) 968-0738. The State Bar of Michigan will match you with a lawyer who has volunteered to help for free.

What services are available?

Through the Frontline Responders Legal Helpline, medical workers and first responders will be paired with attorneys who will assist with crucial legal documents that are difficult to think about even during normal circumstances, but whose completion provides peace of mind:

  • Medical Powers of Attorney
  • Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Simple/Statutory Wills

Who’s eligible to receive help?

The Frontline Responders Legal Helpline is available to workers in medical facilities who are directly involved with the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 patients, ambulance crews, the cleaning crews that support their efforts, and police and EMTs. We recognize that there are many other critical infrastructure workers who are keeping things going for us all at heightened personal risk, and we thank them. As we assess our capacity to help all the frontline workers who need legal help, we will also be assessing our ability to open up the program further during the pandemic crisis.

The State Bar recognizes and thanks the Michigan State Medical Society, the Michigan Hospital Association, the Michigan Nurses Association, and the Michigan Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics for collaboration.

What’s the catch?

There isn’t a catch here. We wanted a meaningful way to thank the people risking their lives to keep Michiganders safe during the pandemic, and we’re lawyers—so legal services seemed like the best thing to offer. These services are a gift. You will not be charged in any way.

If you’re an attorney and you’d like more information, or you’re ready to volunteer, please click here.

Our Frontline Responders Legal Helpline is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday–Friday (800) 968-0738. If you are not able to call during those hours, please fill out the form below and we will contact you on the next business day.

Testimonials

“My office is a block away from HF Macomb and it is frustrating to know that there is a building so close to mine, filled with some of my clients, or friends and family of clients, and I can't do much to help. So, I was happy to see SBM offer an opportunity to help those professionals that are fearlessly serving those who I can't. I was contacted by Anthony from the Frontline Responders Legal Helpline who was interested in getting some basic estate planning tools in place in the event he became medically compromised through his work. We offered pro bono legal services wherein he executed POAs for finance and medical and a Last Will and Testament which I could tell gave him some long needed peace of mind ... Being able to assist him as he goes through these care provider unknowns was the best part of my day that day. Proud to be an attorney, and proud to be a member of SBM!” – Charles Regan Shaw

“I was matched with a COVID-19 nurse named Karen through the program. It was an extremely easy and rewarding experience. We were able to communicate through phone, email and my online portal to get client information, goals and set the design for the plan. It was sobering hearing the stories of what she encounters every day and I was happy to provide what peace of mind that I could for her through the estate planning documents. I provided a Will, Powers of Attorney for financial and healthcare decision making, HIPAA Release, a Memorandum for Personal Property and a deed conveying her home in the event of her death. Karen was extremely grateful and was constantly thanking me for helping her, while I was constantly telling her that it was my pleasure and that I was the one who owed her thanks for her bravery and diligence in the face of this pandemic ... I was so happy to be able to do a little something to help Karen and I look forward to helping others as they come through the program. We all need to do what we can right now to get through this. I’m glad the State Bar of Michigan has offered this program and am honored to be part of it.” – Daniel H. Serlin

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