Find Legal Help
Do you have a legal issue? While it may seem overwhelming, there is free and low-cost legal help available for Marylanders.
If you’re representing yourself in district or family court, get answers to questions and resources from the Court Help Centers. They provide limited free legal services for individuals not represented by an attorney. You will not get court representation.
You can get help with expungement, landlord/tenant issues, small and large claims, consumer issues like debt collection or car repossession, return of property and domestic violence/peace orders.
Find a Court Help Center near you or call 410-260-1392.
You can also get legal help from the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. Again, lawyers will not be provided for cases. You can attend a clinic for help on a specific issue, though.
The People’s Law Library of Maryland also has free information to help you deal with dozens of legal problems ranging from consumer protection, employment, family law, civil rights, immigration, housing and more.
Call 2-1-1. An Information and Referral Specialist will connect you to the best free or low-cost legal service. You can also search these resources in the 211 database:
Find A Low-Cost Or Free Lawyer
If you need low-cost or free legal service, The People’s Law Library of Maryland has a list of providers throughout the state. They have a listing of public defenders, lawyer referral services from county bar associations and legal clinics from universities like the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. You can search by keyword, county and category.
Maryland Legal Aid and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service also represent clients in some civil matters. While they are statewide groups, check the geographic regions they serve as there may be limitations
Pro Bono Civil Help: Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) is a statewide nonprofit that offers Pro Bono assistance. Marylanders are matched with a volunteer attorney, Certified Public Accountant (CPAs) or enrolled agent.
On the “What’s the 211” podcast, MVLS talked about the ways they help and how having a lawyer represent you can change the outcome of a case.
With a network of more than 2,600 volunteer lawyers, MVLS has experts who can help in the following civil matters, such as:
- Family law disputes
- Housing and consumer cases
- Estate planning and administration
- Criminal record relief
- Income tax issues
MVLS provides full representation so that the attorney will be with you for the duration of your court case.
The Pro Bono legal help is available to Marylanders who meet income, case type and geographic guidelines. MVLS does not provide service in Montgomery, Prince George’s, Allegany, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Kent and Caroline.
There are other Pro Bono agencies in these areas. Call 2-1-1 to find one that can handle your situation or search the resource database.
MVLS accepts anyone with a gross household income that does not exceed 50% of the Maryland media income. Income guidelines may vary. See if you qualify.
You can start an application online. You’ll need to provide income information for all household members, the value of your house (if applicable), car value (if applicable), and the amount of money in your checking, savings or investment accounts.
You can also call MVLS directly at 1-800-510-0050 or 410-547-6537 in Baltimore.
Maryland Legal Aid (MLA)
MLA also offers statewide help to low-income and marginalized individuals and communities. The organization works with MLA staff and Pro Bono attorneys to represent clients.
Legal Aid can offer free legal representation for the following civil legal cases:
- Consumer/financial issues
- Family law
- Health care
- Public benefits
In addition, some offices have special contracts to help in these cases:
- Abused and neglected children
- Clients facing legal issues resulting from a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS
- Migrant farmworkers
- Homeowners in danger of losing their home to foreclosure
MLA follows Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. Apply online.
You can also contact an office directly. MLA has offices serving the following counties and areas: Anne Arundel, Howard, Allegany, Garrett, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Cecil, Hartford, Howard County, Lower Eastern Shore, Midwestern Maryland, Montgomery County, Prince George’s, Southern Maryland, and the Upper Eastern Shore.
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