Civil Legal Services

Organization Details

Organization Name:
Maryland Legal Aid
500 E. Lexington Street,
Program uses Language Line (Y/N)
Program staff provide services in other lanuages
Spanish (some locations)
Office days/hours
M-F; hours vary by office location
Intake days/hours (walk-in)
Varies by office locations
Intake days/hours (by phone)
Varies by office locations
Intake days/hours (other)
Varies by office locations
Cost or fee (describe)
Condition of waiver (describe)
Must be financially eligible
Maryland resident
Maryland residents and United States citizens, lawful permanent residents and certain other categories of immigrants are eligible for MLA's services. Your citizenship status is kept confidential and will not be reported to any government agencies. MLA does not handle immigration matters.
Condition of waiver
Maryland Legal Aid’s services are FREE. We determine financial eligibility for legal services based on the income and asset information of EVERY person in the household, using Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
Maryland Legal Aid does not accept criminal, personal injury, or traffic court matters.
Program Description

MLA handles civil (not criminal) cases involving a wide range of issues, including child custody, housing, public benefits, consumer law (e.g., bankruptcy and debt collection), and criminal record expungements to remove barriers to obtaining child custody, housing, and employment.

Many of MLA's local offices represent children in CINA (Child in Need of Assistance) proceedings. Other vulnerable populations, such as victims of abuse and domestic violence, seniors, migrant farmworkers, veterans, and nursing home and assisted living residents, also receive specialized representation. MLA’s services include representation before federal and state trial and appellate courts, brief advice and counsel, and referrals to other sources of assistance.

Children (Child Custody, Support, Adoption)
Full Representation
Civil Rights
Full Representation
Full Representation
Full Representation
Full Representation
Domestic Violence
Full Representation
Full Representation
Wills, Estates, Probate
Full Representation
Housing - General
Full Representation
Full Representation
Housing - Landlord/Tenant
Full Representation
Life and Health Planning
Full Representation
Other Topics
Full Representation
Se habla Español
Full Representation
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