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Maryland Legal Aid provides a full range of FREE civil legal services to financially eligible individuals. From from 12 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.
  • Expungement
    Prepare and file expungement petitions for all eligible records. (Expungement Clinic)
  • 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 seniors and enforce terms of health or disability insurance contracts.
  • Housing
    Preserve affordable housing, stop illegal landlord practices and evictions, restore utilities and prevent foreclosures.

The Community Lawyering Initiative

The Community Lawyering Initiative includes a number of weekly and monthly expungement clinics coordinated and hosted in partnership with community organizations from around the state, as well as expansion of the Lawyer in the Library program to other library locations in Baltimore City, Baltimore and Montgomery counties.

Statewide/Regional Services

  • 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.
  • Joining Forces Project - (443) 863-4040 Maryland Legal Aid’s Joining Forces project is a free, statewide legal telephone hotline specifically for low-income individuals who have served in any branch of the military. Callers receive direct and immediate access to legal assistance and brief advice on a wide range of civil legal issues.
  • 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.

Grievance Process

You have the right to appeal a decision that you are not financially eligible for our services or that we cannot handle your type of problem. The first step is to contact the chief attorney of the office making this determination. If you are not satisfied with the chief attorney’s decision, you may make a complaint to Maryland Legal Aid’s Executive Unit.

If you have a complaint about how your case is being handled, you should contact the chief attorney of the office that is providing assistance to you. If you are not satisfied with the chief attorney’s response, you may contact Maryland Legal Aid’s Executive Unit. If the Executive Unit is unable to resolve the matter to your satisfaction, you may submit a complaint to the grievance committee of Maryland Legal Aid’s Board of Directors. To contact the Executive Unit or the Board of Directors, write to: Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. 500 East Lexington Street Baltimore, Maryland 21202.

More Information:

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.