Legal Services

Citizens for Better Care
(800) 782-2918
(616) 245-9451
Grand Rapids – Western Michigan
560 Fifth Street NW
Suite 308
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Provides information and advocacy to promote the self-determination and well being of long term care consumers. The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program serves as advocates for residents of licensed long term care facilities. The Ombudsman addresses complaints made by or on behalf of residents and works to help resolve them.

Legal Self-Help Center
(269) 983-7111 Ext. 8790
Local Courthouse Number (269) 756-9571
Berrien County Courthouse
2nd Floor
811 Port Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
The Legal Self-Help Center is designed to make information and forms more readily available to those who wish to represent themselves in court proceedings.

Legal Aid of Western Michigan
(269) 983-6363
(800) 310-2798
FAX (269) 983-1916
P.O. Box E
901 Port Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
Michael Chielens – Director
Mary Ellen Drolet – Deputy Director
Nicole E. Rappaport – Attorney
Whitney Hadanek – Attorney
Stephanie I. Mullins – Supervising Attorney
Jacqulyn L. O-Brien – Paralegal/Pro Bono Assistant

Legal Aid of Western Michigan (Niles)
(Formerly Western Michigan Legal Services)

(269) 684-2920
Helpline (888) 783-8190
FAX (269) 684-1089
1109 Bell Road
Niles, MI 49120
Mary Ellen Drolet – Deputy Director
Legal Aid of Western Michigan provides free legal assistance to low income persons and seniors in non-criminal, non-fee generating matters. Their mission is to secure justice and protect the rights of persons unable to obtain and pay for legal services in civil matters by the provision of legal representation and counsel.

West Michigan Guardianship
A program of Child and Family Services

(269) 934-9333
(877) 880-9334
(269) 925-1725
(888) 237-1891
2450 S M-139
P.O. Box 8838
Benton Harbor, MI 49023
West Michigan Guardianship provides court-appointed guardianship for individuals who are intellectually disabled, mentally ill, or incapacitated from dementia or Alzheimer’s. WMG provides fiscal management for individuals unable to manage personal income, investments and real estate.