Montgomery County Bar Foundation

Organization Description

The Pro Bono Program assists low-income residents of Montgomery County, Maryland obtain free legal representation. Volunteer private practice attorneys provide free legal guidance and/or representation in the areas of absolute divorce, custody, name changes, adoption/guardianship, landlord/tenant (security deposits only), bankruptcy/debt collection matters, wills, powers of attorney, and, in limited circumstances, immigration and employment cases.

Program Details

Lawyer Referral Service

Program Website: Lawyer Referral Service

Program Description:

If you are in a situation in which it is important for you to know your legal rights, but are confused about how to find a lawyer, the LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE can assist you by telephone:

HOW IT WORKS

  • A representative will assist you in locating and referring you to an attorney who is well versed in the area of law needed.
  • A fee will be charged by the attorney for a 30 minute in-office consultation. If your consultation with the attorney exceeds the
    30-minute period, he or she may charge additional fees based on their normal hourly rate.
  • OUT OF STATE REFERRALS: If you are not a resident of Maryland, your 30-minute consultation with your attorney will be conducted over the phone. Out-of-state referrals must be paid in advance via check or credit card.
  • MULTIPLE LANGUAGES: We do have lawyers on our panel who speak several languages. If you need this service, please request that at the time of referral.
  • REDUCED FEE SERVICES: You may qualify for the Lawyer Referral Reduced Fee Program, if your income falls within certain prescribed guidelines. For further details, ask the Lawyer Referral Service about the REDUCED FEE and GRAY PANEL programs

Program Contact Phone: 301-279-9100
Online intake form URL: Online Intake Form
Program uses Language Line (Y/N): No
Program staff provide services in other languages: Spanish
Intake days/hours (walk-in): No walk-ins, phone intake only
Intake days/hours (by phone): Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost or fee (describe): Fee Charged by Attorney
Services
Children (Child Custody, Support, Adoption): Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Civil Rights: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Consumer: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Divorce: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Domestic Violence: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Expungement: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Employment: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Guardianship: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Housing - General: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Housing - Landlord/Tenant: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Immigration and Citizenship: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Life and Health Planning: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Wills, Estates, Probate: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Other Topics: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Se habla Español: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics

Pro Bono Legal Assistance

Program Website: Pro Bono Legal Assistance

Program Description:

The Pro Bono Program assists low-income residents of Montgomery County, Maryland obtain free legal representation. Volunteer private practice attorneys are solicited by the Program to provide free legal guidance and/or representation in the areas of absolute divorce, custody, name changes, adoption/guardianship, landlord/tenant (security deposits only), bankruptcy/debt collection matters, wills, powers of attorney, and in limited circumstances immigration and employment cases.

  • If you need a lawyer, but cannot afford one, you may be eligible to receive FREE LEGAL HELP from volunteer attorneys with the Pro Bono Program.
  • You may contact the Pro Bono Program at (301) 424-7651 Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for an initial eligibility screening.
  • If you appear to be eligible, based on the information you provide us, we will mail you intake forms to complete and return to us. There is a $25.00 processing fee. Once your information is complete, we will place you on a waiting list for the next available attorney.
  • The Pro Bono Program depends on volunteers; therefore, it may take several months to find an attorney who is available to represent you in court. For this reason, the Program cannot assist individuals who have emergency cases.

Cases Handled by the Program:

  • Absolute Divorce (Separated 1 year)
  • Separation Agreements
  • Custody
  • Adoption/Guardianship
  • Simple Name Changes
  • Bankruptcy (Simple Chapter 7)
  • Limited Debt Collection Defense
  • Private Landlord Tenant (Security Deposits Only)
  • Limited Immigration cases (Simple Change of Status)
  • Limited Employment cases (Wage Claims)
  • Wills and Powers of Attorney

Cases NOT Handled by the Program:

  • Emergency Cases
  • Criminal and Traffic Cases
  • Social Security, Unemployment, or Worker’s Compensation Cases
  •  Any Fee-Generating Cases
  • Public Benefits
  •  Public Housing
  • Alimony/Child Support/Visitation (if not part of custody/divorce proceedings)
  • Appeals
  •  Post-Decree Motions (orders, enforcement, or modification proceedings of any kind)

Program Contact Phone: (301) 424-7651
Intake days/hours (by phone): Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost or fee (describe): $25
Eligibility-residence-county: You must be a resident of Montgomery County.
Eligibility-income: You must meet Maryland income eligibility guidelines.
Services
Children (Child Custody, Support, Adoption): Full Representation
Consumer: Full Representation
Divorce: Full Representation
Employment: Full Representation
Guardianship: Full Representation
Immigration and Citizenship: Full Representation
Life and Health Planning: Full Representation
Wills, Estates, Probate: Full Representation
Other Topics: Full Representation
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