Do you have a question, but cannot afford a lawyer?

Free legal help is available online at:

Message a Maryland attorney for FREE about civil legal issues including:
Landlord-Tenant issues; Tax sale; Foreclosure education; Consumer issues; Family & children; Employment; Disability; Estates & wills; Health; Immigration; and more...

There are a number of organizations providing legal and non-legal free, low-cost, and fee based services around the state. Our directory lists contact information and service descriptions for organizations providing free and low cost services and referrals. Listings can be filtered by county and the type of services available. To see the entire Services Database, click here. In addition, we have links to a number of organizations that will assist you in finding an attorney that will work for you for a fee.

DIY Self-Help Programs: These are programs that help you represent yourself in court. Most of the time, these programs give clients the opportunity to meet briefly with an attorney for legal advice.

District Court Self-Help Resource Centers:

The District Court Self-Help Resource Center helps people with civil matters, including:

  • landlord/tenant
  • small and large claims up to $30,000
  • debt collection
  • return of property
  • peace and protective orders

Internet: Live Chat is available Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM. To access Live Chat, click on the Live Help icon on the People’s Law Library page at

Phone:  Phone service is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Call 410-260-1392.

Walk-in: At the District Courts in Glen Burnie and Upper Marlboro


Free Legal Help: If you have low or no income, you may be eligible for free or reduced price legal services. These include pro bono representation and legal hotlines that will assist you.

1$ Reduced-Fee Services: Even if your income is higher than the cut-off for certain free programs, it can be difficult to afford an attorney.  Some attorneys offer reduced-fee services, based on your individual circumstances.
2$ Fee Based Services: There are many organizations that will assist you in searching for appropriate representation for your case. These include county bar referral phones lines, other professional association websites, and commercial websites. Fees for service are negotiated between the attorney and client.

Legal Hotlines: 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.


Referral Services: Many bar associations and other organizations offer referral services to connect you with their member attorneys. The bar associations do not review the work of the attorneys but can find you the names of attorneys interested in your type of case. When you contact the referral service, you will briefly describe your situation. The service can refer you to an attorney who practices in the required field.

Referral services administered by county bar associations often offer a half-hour initial telephone or in-person consultation with the lawyer for a modest fee, approximately $25-40. Any additional time needed for your case is then negotiated between you and the attorney. Some special-interest bar associations also offer limited lawyer referral services or publish their membership list.

Med Mediation: Mediation is a process in which a trained neutral person, a “mediator,” helps people communicate with one another and reach agreements that satisfy everyone’s needs. Mediation can be a lower cost solution to resolving a dispute in many situations.

Non-Legal Assistance

Maryland Community Services Locator (MDCSL)
The MDCSL was developed as a centralized tool for Maryland service providers and the public to locate a comprehensive listing of community services, including maps and driving directions to locations. 

2-1-1 Maryland, Inc.
2-1-1 is an easy to remember, toll free telephone number that provides comprehensive information about community services, crisis intervention, referrals to programs, and volunteerism. Callers can dial 2-1-1 on their phones 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 2-1-1 can link people to resources in 150+ languages. If you call 2-1-1, you will speak with trained specialists who listen as you  explain your situation, work with you to assess your problems and needs, and help you find answers to your questions.

Telephone: 2-1-1

Is this legal advice?

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