The Oakland County Probate Court recognizes that many individuals may be involved in court cases without the benefit of a an attorney and in some Probate Court matters an attorney is not required.  Individuals who represent themselves are referred to as a "pro se" or "self-represented" litigant and are acting as their own attorney.  Please be advised that this site cannot provide legal advice. The laws of Michigan do not allow the employees of the court or the judge to give you legal advice. Resources that may be of benefit to self-represented litigants are listed below. The court does not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information given by these resources. Websites listed below have been screened for basic reliability at the time of inclusion but are subject to change as could volunteer schedules. Please keep in mind that many free legal aid services are based on an individuals need and proof of indigency may be required. 

On-Site Assistance

The Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD) and Oakland County Law Library have partnered together to offer free legal aid clinics to low income individuals at the Oakland County Law Library.  Visit the Law Library for more information about the services.

The Michigan Legal Self-Help Center of Oakland County is located in the Oakland County Adams-Pratt Law Library in the Oakland County Courthouse, Building 14 East - 2nd Floor, at 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. in Pontiac. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm. In addition to the online tools, self-help center staff (called ‘navigators’) will be available to help visitors find what they need on the website, answer questions about court practices and processes, and answer simple questions about forms that are available on the website. Please be advised navigators cannot give legal advice.

The Common Ground Legal Aid Clinic is hosted by the Oakland County Adams-Pratt Law Library every Thursday from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Individuals may come for a free consultation with a licensed attorney on any legal matter. Participation is on a first come, first served walk-in basis.  For more information, please contact Common Ground at 1-800-231-1127.

Community Resources

The Oakland County Bar Association also offers a variety of community education programs as well as free legal aid clinics around Oakland County. Information is available on the Oakland County Bar Association website.

On-Line Resources

The State Court Administrative Office offers a great deal of information for the public. Visit their website to use their Self-Represented Litigants page.

Michigan Legal Help is an online resource from the Legal Service Corporation, a Federal non-profit organization, in conjunction with the Michigan State Bar Foundation.

Court forms approved for use by the State Court Administrative Office.

Veterans and Military Families 

Many special services are available to our Nations veterans and service members. The State of Michigan Attorney General’s Office has compiled lists of resources and assistance programs for veterans as well as active service members, and their families.

View Local Oakland County Veterans Services Information.

The Michigan Legislature publishes Veterans Benefit information as well.