Get Legal Advice

MVLS and our partners offer advice for many kinds of legal issues. We invite you to learn more below. Más información en español.

General Civil Legal Advice


Please visit our MVLS Events page to get information on upcoming clinics.

Online Resources

Maryland Courts Self-Help Center

Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-8:00 pm, 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 AnswersSubmit 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:

This clinic will be held by phone only for the time being. 

Registration: Contact Aja’ Mallory at 443-451-4079 to register.
When: Last Wednesday of each month from 3:00 pm—6:00 pm

Telephone Helpline:

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


Maryland Courts Self Help Center (Limited Advice)
Lawyers available Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 8 pm 
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.

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 9:30 am – 1 pm 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.

Tax Hotline  

MVLS’ Tax Hotline at 443-451-4091 on Monday-Friday from 10 am-4 pm. If your call is not answered, please leave a message and all calls will be returned. 

Utility Bill Clinic

MVLS, the Office of the People’s Counsel and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland are hosting utility bill clinics for all Baltimore City residents. Any utility issues are accepted.

To register, contact 443-703-3052

The Consumer Protection Project  

 CPP volunteer attorneys and MVLS staff will provide brief advice on defending against debt buyers and other consumer lawsuits such as car repossessions and bail bonds. Please call the MVLS Consumer Protection Project Hotline at 443-451-4083



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