Do I Qualify?

MVLS provides pro bono legal representation to Marylanders with limited income in civil legal matters. Clients must qualify for services by meeting income, case type and geographic guidelines.  Eligible clients are matched with a volunteer lawyer who has the skill and expertise to provide quality legal representation. Más información en español.

First I would like to say my volunteer attorney and staff was great! They helped me through the whole process in a very professional manner. I can’t thank the MVLS enough for all you have done to get my life back on track.

Geographic Areas MVLS Serves

MVLS provides pro bono legal services to individuals in every Maryland county, except Montgomery, Prince George’s, Allegany counties, and the eastern shore counties of Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Kent and Caroline. These jurisdictions have local pro bono agencies. MVLS, however, will handle a few specialized matters in these jurisdictions including tax disputes with the IRS, school suspensions, long term care Medicaid benefits and legal assistance for nonprofit organizations.

General Income Eligibility Guidelines

We’ll confirm your income falls within our guidelines when you apply. Household income may not exceed 50% of the Maryland median income.1

July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
Family Size Annual Income Monthly Income Weekly Income
1 $28,408 $2,367 $546
2 $37,149 $3,096 $714
3 $45,890 $3,824 $883
4 $54,631 $4,553 $1,051
5 $63,372 $5,281 $1,219
6 $72,113 $6,009 $1,387

Income Eligibility Guidelines- Foreclosure

July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
Family Size Annual Income Monthly Income Weekly Income
1 $39,771 $3,314 $789
2 $52,009 $4,334 $1,032
3 $64,246 $5,354 $1,275
4 $76,483 $6,374 $1,518
5 $88,721 $7,393 $1,760
6 $100,958 $8,413 $2,003

Income Eligibility Guidelines- Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Family Size Annual Income Monthly Income Weekly Income
1 $29,700 $2,475 $571
2 $40,050 $3,378 $770
3 $50,400 $4,200 $969
4 $60,750 $5,062 $1,168
5 $71,100 $5,925 $1,367
6 $81,450 $6,787 $1,566
7 $91,825 $7,652 $1,766
8 $102,225 $8,519 $1,966
For each additional person, add $10,400 $867 $200

In addition to income guidelines, MVLS also considers assets including property, vehicles, and financial accounts. Based upon the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s (MLSC) guidelines, MVLS may also consider other factors relevant to the client’s ability to pay for legal services including medical expenses.

If you believe you qualify, please complete an online application or call our intake line.

Online Intake

Start Online Intake Application

Telephone Intake

(410) 547-6537 (Baltimore metro area)

(800) 510-0050

Intake hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We understand these times are not convenient for everyone. You may apply for services anytime online by clicking the link above.

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1In order to qualify for legal services through MVLS, individuals must first meet our income and asset eligibility requirements as established by the Maryland Legal Services Corporation.