Program offers free legal help to Michigan military families

By Nick McWherter
LANSING – When a landlord insisted that a Michigan soldier and his pregnant wife couldn’t break their lease before the soldier was about to be deployed, a free legal help program for military families came to the rescue. “They didn’t break the lease right away; they actually waited for her to have the child before they moved into a new place,” said Army Staff Sgt. Steven Schultz. “The landlord was telling them that they had to pay out the remainder of the lease in exact opposition to the service member relief act.”
The mess was cleared up with the help of Cooley Law School’s Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance Referral Program. The organization provides lawyers to people in the military who are deploying, deployed or within six months of returning from deployment.