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Southgate is a city in Wayne County, Michigan, with a population of approximately 30,000 people, as of the 2000 census.
Southgate was established, and elected its first mayor, in 1958. Southgate is served by a large number of public and private primary (K-12) schools, as well as satellite campuses of several universities.
Southgate is sometimes referred to as the “Dining Capital of Downriver,” because of its large abundance of both chain and family-owned restaurants, and one of its local restaurants has a Guinness world record for the world’s largest hamburger, weighing in at 185 pounds. Southgate is also considered the “south gate” to the Detroit metropolitan area (hence the name).
Southgate, Michigan is also served by a large and skilled legal community. This legal community and, by extension, the community at large, is served by the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. This organization’s goal is to help the community of the Detroit Metropolitan area, and Wayne County, by improving the overall quality and quantity of legal services available to members of the community. To this end, they provide a lawyer referral service for the public, and improve the legal skills of their members through continuing legal education.
Wayne County is served by the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan. This is a trial court of general jurisdiction, and it hears the vast majority of legal cases, both civil and criminal, which come up in Wayne County, with Southgate included.
If you have a legal case in the Third Judicial Circuit, or any other court in or around South Gate, you are probably thinking about how you will find an attorney in South Gate, Michigan. LegalMatch is a good place to start. This service allows you to present a case, which can then be viewed by qualified attorneys in your geographic region, who can then contact you if they’re interested in taking it.
If you just need legal information at this juncture, you should try the LegalMatch Law Library. With thousands of articles covering a huge variety of subjects, there’s a good chance that you’ll find the answer to your question there.
If you need legal information locally, or need the assistance of someone with more legal knowledge, the Southgate District Court maintains a self-help center, which has a directory of law libraries, and information about finding low cost legal services.
And if you’re willing to take a slightly longer trip, the University of Michigan School of Law’s law library issues temporary guest passes to members of the public, which should allow you to find a wealth of legal information, if you’re willing to put in the time to do the research.
Finally, the website of the Michigan State Legislature maintains a list of laws which people most frequently request information about. This includes laws covering the rights of workers, marriage and divorce statutes, and the state’s freedom of information law, among many others. If you have a question about Michigan law, this is an excellent place to start looking for an answer.