The Allegan County Legal Assistance Center celebrated their new offices with an Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, October 20, 2017. While the move across the hallway in the lower level of the Allegan County Courthouse was a short one, it promises big returns and represents an exciting next phase for the five-year-old Legal Assistance Center.
The new, larger location increases private spaces for patrons to complete forms and includes the law library, formerly located in the Circuit Court offices, so staff and patrons can research material related to cases.
Each year, ACLAC assists over 2,000 Allegan County residents with civil legal matters. Many of these individuals are low income and cannot afford a lawyer to assist in their case. The services provided by the Legal Assistance Center are free and since inception in 2012, it has greatly reduced the number of litigants slowing down the legal process by being unprepared or having the wrong information/forms.