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If you have low income or no income, you may be eligible for free legal help.
Most of the programs in Maryland use one of two income levels to determine if you are eligible for services.
You can search by state to find a non-profit offering free legal help to low-income persons in every state. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) website allows you to search only for its grantees. The Legal Services Corporation is an independent federal agency funded by Congress. LSC funds legal services providers nationwide to provide free legal assistance to low-income people.
If you need advice and are trying to figure out if you need an attorney, try calling a Maryland legal hotline. The legal hotlines provide information, from an attorney or a paralegal under an attorney’s supervision, over the telephone to people who are filing a case without a lawyer. The hotlines can help you decide if you should represent yourself in your case, and can also help you complete certain statewide domestic relations forms.
See all Legal Hotlines.
Civil Justice Inc. (410-706-0174; 1-866-48CIVIL) is a Maryland non-profit corporation that maintains the Civil Justice Network, a free lawyer referral service. Clients are referred to Maryland solo and small firm attorneys who provide legal services at reduced costs in a broad range of practice areas.
Most of the county bar associations with lawyer referral services have reduced fee panels. When you call the county bar association for a referral, ask if it has a reduced fee panel. Most reduced fee panels are based on income, but some are based on case type. For example, the Prince Georges County Bar Association has a reduced fee panel for criminal cases, but not for domestic. For the reduced fee panel based on income, each individual bar association has its own eligibility screening to determine if your income entitles you to the reduced fee.
Remember that the attorneys reduce their fees based on their “usual” rate and that the “usual” rate will vary among attorneys. For example, one attorney’s usual rate may be less than another attorney’s reduced rate.
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