Get Legal Advice

MVLS has a variety of programs and services available to help a variety of civil legal matters, we invite you to learn more below. Más información en español.


General Civil Legal Advice


Baltimore City Pro Bono Day

Discuss your legal issue one-on-one with a lawyer for free on October 29, 2016 from 9am-12pm at Maryland Legal Aid, 500 East Fayette Street Baltimore, MD 21202.  Please being any relevant documents with you.

Online Resources


Monday-Friday from 8:30am-8:00pm, the Maryland Courts Self-Help Center provides free limited legal services for people with a civil legal problem who are not represented by an attorney via live chat.  Lawyers will answer questions on issues ranging from landlord/tenant, family law (divorce, custody, child support, guardianship), small and large claims, criminal record expungement, consumer finance (debt collection, car repossession), domestic violence and foreclosure.


aba-free-legal-logoSubmit a civil legal question online anytime at Maryland Free Legal Answers and a volunteer attorney will respond.


Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Project

The Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Project is a program that provides FREE brief legal consultations for homeowners facing foreclosure who do not have legal representation.  Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Attorneys will:

  • Answer questions about foreclosure mediation
  • Give legal advice regarding your foreclosure
  • Help you understand court papers and documents you received regarding your foreclosure

Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Attorneys will NOT attend mediation with you, but there are other options for obtaining legal representation for your mediation.*

In Person Clinic – Baltimore City:

Registration: Encouraged but not required. Call 410-547-6537 to register.
When: Last Wednesday of each month from 3:00 pm—6:00 pm
MVLS Office
201 N. Charles Street, Suite 1400
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

In Person Clinic – Anne Arundel County:

Registration: None. First come, first served basis.
When: 3rd Wednesday of each month from 11:00 am—1:00 pm
Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County – Law Library
8 Church Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Telephone Helpline:

Helpline: 443-808-0076
When: Mondays from 1:30 pm—6:00 pm
Wednesdays from 8:00 am—12:00 pm

*It is best to talk to an attorney before mediation day.  Please contact the HOPE Hotline at 1-877-462-7555 to speak with a housing counselor who can explain your options and direct you to legal representation.

This Project is sponsored by Civil Justice and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service with support from the Department of Housing and Community Development.


MVLS regularly holds expungement clinics. Please check below and the events page to see any upcoming expungement clinics. Additionally, click here to view the power point created by MVLS to help walk you through expungement law.

Glen Burnie Regional Library Expungement Clinic
September 27, 2016
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
1010 Eastway Glen Burnie, MD 20160
Anne Arundel County

Renaissance Counseling Center Expungement Clinic
October 27, 2016
10:00 am – 2 pm
6665 Security Blvd. Woodlawn, MD 22107
Baltimore County


Maryland Courts Self Help Center (Limited Advice)
Lawyers available Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 8pm
Provides brief advice on Landlord-Tenant, Family Law (divorce, custody, child support, and guardianship), Small and Large Claims, Expungement and Shielding of Records, Consumer Matters (car repossessions, debt collection, and credit card cases), Return of Property (replevin and detinue), Domestic Violence/Peace Orders and Foreclosure.

Self-Help Bankruptcy Trainings

MVLS holds Chapter 7 Bankruptcy classes where an experienced Bankruptcy attorney teaches clients how to file for bankruptcy on their own. Class materials include two sets of forms and a manual.  An attorney will review all forms before they are submitted.

Upcoming self-help bankruptcy classes will be held October 7, November 3, December 1, January 5 and February 2 from 9am-12pm at MVLS’ office in Baltimore City.  Click here to register.

To complete intake for assistance with filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy, please contact our client intake line at 410-547-6537 Monday – Thursday between 9 am – 1 pm or submit an online application.

Family Law

The Family Law Hotline is available at 800-845-8550. Lawyers available Monday – Friday from 9:30 am–4:30 pm

Employment Law

Employment Law Hotline at 877-422-9500. Lawyers are available Tuesdays 9:30am – 1pm and the first Thursday of the month 5 pm–7:30 pm.


Veteran’s Hotline Project at 443-863-4040. Lawyers are available Tuesdays from 3 pm-7 pm and Thursdays from 9:30 am-1:30 pm.

Over 60 

Senior Legal Helpline at 866- 635-2948. Lawyers available Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 am – 4 pm; Wednesday from 9:30 am – 1 pm; Thursday from 9:30 am – 4 pm and 6 -8 pm.