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Maryland Legal Aid provides a full range of free civil legal services to financially eligible individuals from 12 office locations. Our legal work helps to protect peoples’ basic needs and human rights.

Consumer

CollectionTo collect a debt or obtain payment; To recover goods sold on credit or in installments when the buyer fails to pay for them. & Debt

Contact us if you are being sued or harassed by a debt collector, being sued for a student or medical loan, if your property has been repossessedRepossession refers to taking back property through judicial processes, foreclosure, or self-help when a borrower fails to make required payments., if your wages are being garnishedGarnishment: a court order directing that money or property of a third party (usually wages paid by an employer) be seized to satisfy a debt owed by a debtor to a plaintiff creditor., or if you are facing foreclosure and/or if you want to file bankruptcyA legal procedure for dealing with debt problems of individuals and businesses..

Contracts/Warranties

Get help from an attorney to understand things included in contracts or warranties, or if you are being sued for breach of contract.

Other ConsumerA state or federal law designed to protect consumers against improperly described, damaged, faulty, and dangerous goods and services as well as from unfair trade and credit practices. Including Legal Issues like: bankruptcy, collections, garnishment and repossession./ Finance

We can help clients who have legal questions and concerns related to their specific financial situation.

Additional issues include:
  • Bankruptcy
  • Collection Practice
  • Loans Installment Purch.
  • Predatory Lending Practices
  • Public Utilities
  • Unfair and Deceptive Sales and Practices

Employment

Wage Claims and other FLSAThe Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Issues

We can provide brief advice for clients who seek to recover backpay or unpaid wages for work performed.

Additional issues include:
  • Agricultural Worker Issues
  • Employee Rights
  • Job Discrimination
  • Other Employment
  • Taxes

Family

Custody/Visitation

There are different types of child custody, which includes visitation, and we can provide brief advice and/or representation for parents seeking custody of their children.

Divorce/Separation

We provide brief advice and representation for clients seeking a divorce, separation, or annulment.

Domestic AbuseViolent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.

We offer holistic civil legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse through partnerships with TurnAround, Inc. and CHANA.

Support

We can link clients to a variety of support services that help with issues such as housing, unemployment, temporary cash assistance and/or food stamps, and mental and medical health resources.

Additional issues include:
  • Adoption
  • Adult Guardian/Conservatorship
  • Name Change
  • Other Family
  • Parental Rights Termination
  • Paternity

Health

Additional issues include:
  • Home and Community Based Care
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Other Health
  • Private Health Insurance
  • State and Local Health

Housing

Federally Subsidized Housing

Everyone has the right to a safe and affordable place to live. Contact us if you need help securing or maintaining a housing voucher.

Homeownership/Real Property

We can assist clients with change of deed, tax sales, and other legal issues related to owning a home.

Mortgage ForeclosuresThe action of taking possession of a mortgaged property when the mortgagor fails to keep up their mortgage payments.

If you are behind on paying your mortgage, Maryland Legal Aid's Foreclosure Legal Assistance Project may be able to help. Call (888) 213-3320 for more information.

Other Housing

We can help clients who are facing homelessness by linking them with programs and resources, and possibly providing legal assistance that might remedy their legal issues and prevent homelessness.

Private Landlord/Tenant

We provide representation to tenants in rent court and brief advice for tenants who need help filling out forms or who wish to self-represent in court.

Public Housing

Find out if you qualify to receive public housing and get help maintaining your public housing voucher. You can visit one of our local community legal clinics for help.

Additional issues include:
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Housing Preservation
  • Mobile Homes
  • Mortgage Predatory Lending/Practices

Income Maintenance

Social SecurityAny government system that provides financial assistance to people with low or no income.

We can help clients obtain Supplemental Security Income (SSIFederal benefits available for seniors, survivors, people who are disabled, unemployed, or injured on the job.) based on their total income and assets.

SSDISocial Security Disability (SSD, or SSDI) - Federal benefits available for people who are disabled.

If you are disabled and unable to work, we may be able to help you obtain Social Security Disability Insurance.

SSI

You might qualifity for Social Security Insurance (SSI) if you are a senior, disabled or unemployed. We can asssit clients with filling out forms and preparing for administrative hearings related to obtaining SSI benefits.

Unemployment Compensation

We can help clients complete the process required to receive unemployment compensation.

Additional issues include:
  • Food Stamps
  • Other Income Maintenance
  • State and Local Income Maintenance
  • TANF
  • Veterans Benefits

Individual Rights

ExpungementsRemoving convictions from criminal records.

We help remove convictions on Maryland criminal records that are eligible for expungementRemoving convictions from criminal records.. For help, visit one of our upcoming expungement/legal clinics.

Other Individual RightsThe rights of each individual to pursue life and goals without interference from other individuals or the government.

We can assist clients whose civil/individuals rights may have been violated.

More Information

Additional issues include:
  • Civil Rights
  • Disabled Rights
  • Immigration/Naturalization
  • Mental Health

Miscellaneous

Wills and Estates

We can provide brief advice for clients who need help drafting wills and/or advanced directives.

Additional issues include:
  • Deed/Estate Admin
  • Advance Directives/Powers of Attorney
  • Fraud & Elder Abuse
  • Legal Assistance to Non-Profit Organization or Group
  • Licenses
  • Municipal Legal Needs
  • Non Legal
  • Other Miscellaneous
  • Torts

The Community Lawyering Initiative


Community Lawyering Initiative
Maryland Legal Aid’s Community Lawyering Initiative brings civil legal services and assistance for criminal record expungements directly to people in underserved neighborhoods and communities. Through this initiative, attendees can visit a number of weekly and monthly clinics where Maryland Legal Aid legal staff and and volunteers provide free, brief, one-on-one civil legal advice and criminal record expungements.
(443) 451-2805
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State & Regional Services


  • Migrant Farmworker Program
    (800) 444-4099

    Maryland Legal Aid’s Migrant Farmworker Program represents migrant and seasonal workers in the agricultural fields, packing houses, nurseries and food processing plants in Maryland and Delaware on employment-related matters. Typical issues include unpaid wages, substandard housing, discrimination, pesticide exposure, and inadequate access to bathrooms and drinking water. The Program conducts outreach to approximately 100 labor camps in Maryland and Delaware.

  • Foreclosure Legal Assistance Project
    (888) 213-3320

    Maryland Legal Aid’s Foreclosure Legal Assistance Project (FLAP) 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 orders of possession, and evictions. Advice and referrals to other resources are provided to applicants who we are unable to represent.

  • Long-Term Care Assistance Project
    (866) 635-2948

    Maryland Legal Aid’s Long-Term Care Assistance Project provides free legal assistance to help low-income people obtain long-term healthcare. Through this project, clients can get the services and supports they need, wherever they want to live, whether it is in their own homes, within the community through assisted living, or in nursing homes.

  • Child in Need of Assistance (CINA)

    Maryland Legal Aid has contracts with the State of Maryland to represent children in abuse and neglect cases in Circuit Courts in many counties. These cases, also known as CINA (Child In Need of Assistance) cases, begin when the State of Maryland, usually through local county Departments of Social Services, removes an alleged abused or neglected child from his/her home and places that child in shelter or foster care for protection.

    Maryland Legal Aid does not take calls from Maryland residents to handle these cases; attorneys on staff are assigned to cases by local Circuit Courts.

    Visit the People’s Law Library for a detailed explanation of CINA case proceedings.

  • Maryland Senior Legal Helpline
    (866) 635-2948

    The Maryland Senior Legal Helpline is a free telephone hotline for people living in Maryland, aged 60 years or older. Attorneys who staff the helpline provide brief legal advice to callers or give callers a referral to another legal resource or 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 their homes.

  • Joining Forces Project
    (443) 863-4040

    Maryland Legal Aid’s Joining Forces project (Veterans’ Hotline) is a free, statewide legal telephone hotline specifically for low-income individuals who have served in any branch of the military—regardless of their discharge status. 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 who are HIV positive or who have AIDS and live in Baltimore City or Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, or Queen Anne’s counties. Proof of residency, income, and HIV/AIDS status are required to open a case. Legal assistance provided by Maryland Legal Aid is designed to address the health-harming legal needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, and to enable them to focus on 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.

  • More Information


    For more details about who is eligible for services, see Income Guidelines. 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 Maryland Legal Aid’s services or that we cannot handle your specific issue. 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 submit 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:

Maryland Legal Aid
500 East Lexington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
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.