Family Law Assistance Project (F.L.A.P.)

Free Legal Clinic

Lakeshore Legal Aid and Thomas Cooley Law School partner to provide family law legal aid clinics to low income residents of Oakland County, or low income individuals having cases in Oakland County Courts at the Oakland County Law and Research Library.

The clinics are held from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm  every other Wednesday.
Attendees may register in the Library, before 3:00 p.m. on these dates:

May 11 & 25 2016
June 8 & 22 2016
July 6 & 20 2016
August 3, 17 & 31 2016
September 14 & 28 2016
October 12 & 26 2016
November 9 & 30 2016
December 14 2016

 

Intake forms may be printed and completed in advance and brought to the next clinic.

To receive service at this clinic you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be low-income and a United States citizen or eligible alien.
  2. You must need legal services in Oakland County or live in Oakland County.
  3. Your circumstances must be related to a domestic Personal Protection Order (PPO) or family law issue such as divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, minor guardianship, etc.
  4. You must not be represented by an attorney.
  • Please bring all documents relating to your legal action to the clinic. This includes all complaints, motions, orders and judgments. If you do not have them, we will send you to the Oakland County Clerk’s Office on the ground floor to get copies before you can be seen by an attorney at the clinic. The clerk charges $1.00 per page.
  • If you are receiving public benefits, please bring a copy of the most recent Notice of Case Action to verify your current benefits.
  • The clinic cannot offer assistance in cases relating to child abuse and neglect.
  • Those with a domestic violence conviction or plea or have been the respondent in a Personal Protection Order must be screened prior to seeking services from FLAP. Please call HAVEN (877) 922-1274 and tell them you are seeking services from FLAP and have a previous domestic violence conviction or plea or have been a respondent in a Personal Protection Order.
  • If you meet all of the above criteria you will be asked to complete some forms to determine whether there is a conflict of interest for our agency staff, verify your eligibility for services and give the attorneys some background information regarding your situation. Any information you provide is protected by the attorney-client-privilege.
  • Participants in the clinic will be considered for further legal services based on our resources, either through our pro bono referral program or representation by staff attorneys.
  • We recommend you do not sign any legal documents without consulting an attorney.
  • Following your attendance at the clinic, you will receive written notification from staff whether your case has been accepted for further services. Typically these letters are mailed within 7 days of the date you attended the clinic. If your situation requires a more immediate response we will contact your earlier.

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