Eligibility

Do I Qualify?

MVLS provides free legal representation to Marylanders with limited income in civil legal matters. Clients must qualify for services by meeting income, case type and geographic guidelines.

Geographic Areas MVLS Serves

MVLS provides legal help 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. 

However, MVLS will handle a few specialized matters in these jurisdictions including tax disputes with the IRS.

General Income Eligibility Guidelines

We will confirm your income falls within our guidelines when you apply. Your gross household income (money earned before anything is taken out for taxes or other deductions) may not exceed 50% of the Maryland median income.

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.

Please note, we are currently waiting for the new income guidelines to be issued, and will continue to use the numbers provided below until they are released.

July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Family
Size
Annual
Income
Monthly
Income
Weekly
Income
1$32,450$2,704$624
2$42,434$3,536$816
3$52,419$4,368$1,008
4$62,404$5,200$1,200
5$73,388$6,032$1,392
6$82,373$6,864$1,584

Estate Planning & Estate Administration; Mortgage Foreclosure and Tax Sale

July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Family SizeAnnual IncomeMonthly IncomeWeekly Income
1$45,430$3,785$873
2$59,407$4,950$1,142
3$73,386$6,115$1,411
4$87,365$7,280$1,680
5$101,343$8,444$1,948
6$115,322$9,609$2,217

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

January 1 – December 31, 2022

Family SizeAnnual IncomeMonthly IncomeWeekly Income
1$33,975$2,831$653
2$45,775$3,814$880
3$57,575$4,798$1,107
4$69,375$5,781$1,334
5$81,175$6,764$1,561
6$92,975$7,748$1,788

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

Online Intake

Online intake is available at all times. However family law matters are only accepted through phone intake.

Telephone Intake

(410) 547-6537 (Baltimore metro area)
(800) 510-0050
Phone intake hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 12:00pm.

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