Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Organization Description

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service is a non-profit statewide legal services provider that assists in meeting the need for free civil legal services for Marylanders facing financial hardships.

MVLS focuses on providing free legal civil help, working in partnership with community programs and impacting laws and policies that harm individuals and families based on economic and/or racial status.  

MVLS matches one client and one pro bono volunteer. They have a panel of more than 1,600 volunteer attorneys, CPAs and enrolled agents that can help you with family law disputes, housing and consumer cases, estate planning and administration, criminal record relief, and income tax issues.

Program Details

Pro Bono Legal Representation

Program Description:

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service can help you resolve your civil legal issue by matching you with a volunteer lawyer who will represent you for free.  Eligible clients are matched with a volunteer lawyer who has the skill and expertise to provide quality legal representation. You can apply for legal services by calling their telephone intake line or submitting an online application.

MVLS and their partners offer advice for many kinds of legal issues. Visit their website for information on upcoming clinics and online resources on foreclosure mediation, expungement, family law, employment law, veterans, utility bill clinic, and more.

Program Contact email:
Program Contact Phone: 410-539-6800
Online intake form URL: Application Form
Program uses Language Line (Y/N): Yes
Program staff provide services in other languages: Spanish
Intake days/hours (walk-in): No walk-in
Office days/hours: M-F, 9-5
Intake days/hours (by phone): M-Thurs, 9-noon
Intake days/hours (other): 24/7
Condition of waiver (describe): Waived if under Federal Poverty Guidelines
Cost or fee (describe): $25
Description of other: Online intake
Eligibility-residence-county: MVLS provides pro bono legal services to individuals in every Maryland county, except Montgomery, Prince George’s, Allegany counties, and the eastern shore counties of Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Kent and Caroline. These jurisdictions have local pro bono agencies. MVLS, however, will handle a few specialized matters in these jurisdictions including tax disputes with the IRS, school suspensions, long term care Medicaid benefits and legal assistance for nonprofit organizations.
Eligibility-income: Gross household income (money earned before anything is taken out for taxes or other deductions) may not exceed 50% of the Maryland median income, listed on the website:
Children (Child Custody, Support, Adoption): Full Representation
Civil Rights: Full Representation
Consumer: Full Representation
Divorce: Full Representation
Domestic Violence: Full Representation
Expungement: Full Representation
Employment: Full Representation
Guardianship: Full Representation
Housing - General: Full Representation
Housing - Landlord/Tenant: Full Representation
Life and Health Planning: Full Representation
Wills, Estates, Probate: Full Representation
Other Topics: Full Representation
Se habla Español: Full Representation
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