It is possible to hire a lawyer to help you with part of your case, and to handle the rest on your own.  This is called limited representation.

Limited representation is very flexible.  It could simply include listening to your story, asking questions, and making suggestions about how you should proceed.  

It could also include helping you to answer discovery requests; to respond to motions or other court papers; or to write motions or other court papers for your case.

Who can I call?

These are some of the organizations that provide referrals to limited scope lawyers:

The Civil Justice Network provides statewide referrals, including limited scope lawyers.  Call 410-706-0174 or visit

Call the Lawyer Referral Service for your county, and ask whether any attorneys provide limited scope legal help.

If you and the lawyer agree, you can even hire a lawyer to appear for you in a specific court hearing, conference, deposition, or mediation, but not in the rest of the case.  This may be much cheaper than hiring the lawyer to represent you throughout the case.

Read the Law:  Md. Rule 2-131 (Regarding appearances in Circuit Court) Md. Rule 3-131 (Regarding appearances in District Court)

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