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Maryland Legal Aid provides a full range of FREE civil legal services to financially eligible individuals. From 13 offices across the state, our legal work helps to protect human needs and human rights. 

Free civil legal services include:

  • Consumer Rights 
    Combat illegal debt-collections and fraudulent sales practices as well as oppose damaging bank account and wage garnishments.
  • Elder Rights 
    Help people over 60 with legal issues such as long-term care, nursing home evictions and medical assistance.
  • Employment 
    Obtain denied unemployment benefits, recover back pay and wages and remedy employment discrimination.
  • Family 
    Maintain custody, gain visitation rights, secure parental rights and domestic violence protection.
  • Farmworkers Rights 
    Educate and represent Farmworkers regarding fair wages, housing and workplace safety.
  • Government Benefits 
    Obtain food stamps, temporary cash assistance, unemployment benefits and fight denial of Social Security or other benefits.
  • Health Care 
    Get medical assistance for sick children, the disabled and the elderly and enforce terms of health or disability insurance contracts.
  • Housing 
    Preserve affordable housing, stop illegal landlord practices and evictions, restore utilities and prevent foreclosures.

Statewide/Regional Services

  • District Court Self-Help Center - (410) 260-1392
    The District Court Self-Help Center provides brief legal services for people who are not represented by an attorney. The Center is staffed by Maryland Legal Aid attorneys and assists with legal issues including landlord/tenant, small claims, debt collection, claims for return of property and peace/protective orders. Statewide assistance is available through walk-in, telephone and on-line live chat sessions.
  • Farmworker Program - (800) 444-4099
    The Farmworker Program represents migrant and seasonal workers in the agricultural fields, packing houses, nurseries and food processing plants of Maryland and Delaware on employment-related matters. Typical problems include unpaid wages, substandard housing, discrimination, pesticide exposure and inadequate access to bathrooms and drinking water. The Program conducts outreach to approximately one hundred labor camps in Maryland and Delaware.
  • Foreclosure Legal Assistance Project - (888) 213-3320
    The Foreclosure Legal Assistance Project represents low-income homeowners throughout Maryland at all stages of the foreclosure process, including, mediations, motions to stay and dismiss sales, bankruptcies, exceptions to sales, motions for order of possessions, and evictions. Advice and referrals are provided to those who we are unable to represent.
  • Long-Term Care Assistance Project - (866) 635-2948
    The Long-Term Care Assistance Project provides free legal assistance to help low-income persons obtain long-term health care. We help clients get the services and supports they need, wherever they want to live, whether it be in their homes, in the community through assisted living, or in nursing homes.
  • Maryland Senior Legal Helpline - (866) 635-2948
    The Senior Legal Helpline is a free telephone service for persons living in Maryland, aged 60 years or older. Attorneys who staff the helpline provide legal advice, brief legal services, or a referral to another lawyer or to an appropriate public or private agency. By providing these services over the telephone, seniors can get help for their legal problems without having to leave home.
  • Ryan White Project - (866) 635-2948
    The Ryan White Project provides free legal services to Maryland residents in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Queen Anne’s Counties who are HIV positive or who have AIDS.   Proof of residency, income, and HIV status are required to open a case.  Services are designed to provide peace of mind and enable individuals to focus on their primary struggle, free of discrimination—fighting the effects of HIV/AIDS and staying well. Assistance provided by Maryland Legal Aid is an essential component of a holistic and comprehensive continuum of care for each client.
For more details about who is eligible for services, click here. For those who qualify, there is NO FEE for Maryland Legal Aid's services.

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Maryland Legal Aid’s brochures are to be used for general information only and are not intended to provide specific legal advice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the material presented in the brochures. To understand how the law applies to your individual circumstances, however, you should seek legal counsel. In addition, please check our contact page for the most up-to-date list of Maryland Legal Aid office locations and telephone numbers.