Cases We Take

CMLS Practice Areas

We provide legal advice and representation to clients with civil legal needs. We cannot assist with any criminal matters, child protection cases, or immigration claims. Case priorities are established to determine what types of cases are accepted. We focus on legal matters that preserve client’s basic needs and protect them from abuse.

Family Law

  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence – Order for Protection/Harassment Restraining Order
  • Parenting Time (ONLY where abuse or neglect is present)
  • Parental Kidnapping
  • Spousal Maintenance and Child Support
  • Mediation
  • Legal Separation (ONLY where either abuse is present or custody is at issue AND the person seeking the separation does not wish to pursue a divorce for religious reasons)


  • Evictions
  • Access to public or subsidized housing
  • Repair Issues
  • Lock Outs
  • Security Deposits
  • Discrimination
  • Condemnation
  • Foreclosure
  • Cancellation of Contract for Deed

Public Benefits

  • Denial / Loss / Reduction of needs-based and income support programs (SSI, MFIP, SNAP, GA, MA, EA)
  • Overpayments
  • Fraud


  • DHS Disqualifications
  • Discrimination
  • Wage Claims


  • Criminal
  • Housing

Employment Law

  • DHS/MDH license issues
  • DHS maltreatment issues
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Pensions (Loss of benefits and Pension Rights)
  • Wage Claims (Within Conciliation Court limits ONLY)
  • Tax matters

Consumer Debt

  • Consumer/Tort action defense
  • Wrongful Repossession
  • Garnishment
  • Conciliation Court Appeals
  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
  • Contract cases

CMLS’ Volunteer Attorney Program

  • Guardianship/Conservatorship
  • Health Care Directives
  • Power of Attorney
  • Simple Wills



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