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.
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.
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
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
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.
Tax Sale Clinics
MVLS and Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC) will be partnering on upcoming tax sale clinics.
April 11, 2017
Oxon Hill Branch Library | 5 pm-8 pm
April 22, 2017
Largo-Kettering Branch Library | 1:30 – 3:30 pm
April 25, 2017
Greenbelt Branch Library | 5 pm-8 pm
March 30, 2017
Sandtown Winchester Senior Center | 11:30 am-3:30 pm
April 1, 2017
Poly-Western High School | 9:00 am-3:00 pm
April 10, 2017
Waverly Library | 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
April 19, 2017
Zeta Center | 1:30 pm-5:30 pm
To register call PBRC at (443)703-3052.
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.
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 on 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 – 12 pm or submit an online application.
The Family Law Hotline is available at 800-845-8550. Lawyers available Monday – Friday from 9:30 am–4:30 pm
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.
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.