COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGE

As a Marylander who may be facing a civil legal issue during this unprecedented time, you may have many questions about the status of your case because the courts have closed to the public or you may be confused about your rights.  The Maryland Access to Justice Commission, in partnership with the Maryland State Bar Association, has put together this COVID-19 Resource Page, pulling resources from a multitude of sources to make it easier for you to navigate the civil justice system during this time of emergency.  On this A2JC Resource Page, you will not only find links to different orders, but an explanation of what that could mean to you in non-legal language that you can understand. As the federal and state governments continue to take action on the behalf of U.S. and Maryland residents, we will continue to add helpful resources that will help you understand your rights under new COVID-related laws and post timely updates on court procedures impacted by COVID. 

 

Get Remote Help

Changes in Court Procedure

Landlord/ Tenant & Evictions

Utilities & Other Essential Services

Unemployment

Immigration

Domestic Violence

GET REMOTE HELP


If you have questions about your civil legal problem or the recent court closures or need legal help, there are many civil legal aid organizations that can still assist you remotely.  Civil legal aid organizations offer free legal services to those who qualify and can help with the following:

 

Free Legal information

Free Brief Advice & Referral

Free Full Legal Representation

General Legal Services (housing, consumer, family, public benefits & more)

Domestice Violence & Sexual Assault Legal Services

Immigration Legal Services

Legal Services Targeted to Specific Populations (disabled, elderly, homeless, LGBTQ persons & crime victims)

Hiring an Attorney for a Reduced Fee

 

GET STARTED

These resources will help you know where to get started and where to go for help:

Maryland People's Law Library

The Maryland People's Law Library has a Legal Services Directory that can help you figure out which civl legal aid organization can help with your problem in your jurisdiction.

Self-Help Centers

 

Self-help centers offer FREE legal help in civil cases for ANY individuals who do not have a lawyer. They can answer questions, give brief advice on your case and also refer you to a civil legal aid organization if you need more help. 

 

To contact the Self-Help Center and speak to a lawyer - 

Call 410-260-1392 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Chat from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

 

Here is a brief video about the self-help center’s chat or video services.

STATEWIDE HOTLINES

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services 24/7 Crisis Hotlines

 

CASA, Inc. (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused)24/7 Crisis Hotline: 301-739-8975 

 

Heartly House24-Hour Hotline: 301-662-8800

HopeWorks of Howard County24-hour Hotline: 410-997-2272

House of Ruth Maryland410-554-8463, Monday-Friday 8:30 – 4:30, After hours hotline: 410-889-7884

Life Crisis Center24/7 Crisis line: 410-749-4357

Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence24/7 Crisis Hotline: 800-927-4673 

Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC)24-Hour Helpline: 410-836-8430
 

Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy24/7 Crisis Hotline: 240-925-0084

 

Family Law Hotline

 

Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc.1-800-845-8550, Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Employment Law Hotline

Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc., 877-422-9500, Tuesdays 9:30am -1pm, 1st Thursday of the Month 5pm - 7:30pm

Foreclosure Legal Advice Helpline

Civil Justice, Inc.443-808-0076, Monday: 1:30-6pm and Wednesdays: 8:00am-12:30pm

FREE LEGAL INFORMATION

 

Maryland People's Law Library

The Maryland People's Law Library has a Legal Services Directory that can help you figure out which civl legal aid organization can help with your problem in your jurisdiction.

Law Libraries

Maryland Law Libraries are a good and reliable source of up-to-date legal information. Law librarians cannot give legal advice, but they are expert at research and finding relevant information.  They are useful for both:

 

  • Individuals who do not have a lawyer; or 

  • Attorneys, including civil legal aid attorneys and pro-bono attorneys

 

Law librarians will be able to access print materials that might not be available in digital format and many databases and other digital materials.  They can scan and email materials to you.  

 

These law libraries have staff available on site or remotely and can respond to email and telephone requests for information.

FREE BRIEF ADVICE & REFERRAL FROM ATTORNEY

Self-Help Centers

 

Self-help centers offer FREE legal help in civil cases for ANY individuals who do not have a lawyer. Due to COVID-19, all self-help centers that are located inside Maryland courthouses are temporarily closed.  However, the state-wide self-help center, called the Maryland Court Self-Help Center continues to operate and is providing civil legal help on the phone or by live chat.

 

To speak with a lawyer, 

Call 410-260-1392 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Chat from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

 

Self-Help Center Webpage - https://mdcourts.gov/selfhelp

 

Here is a brief video about the self-help center’s chat or video services.

Maryland Free Legal Answers

 

Maryland Free Legal Answers is a service that allows individuals who qualify to ask attorneys questions about their civil legal issue via email.  Click here to get started.

 

FREE LEGAL REPRESENTATION

General Legal Services (housing, consumer, family, public benefits & more)

Domestice Violence & Sexual Assault Legal Services

Immigration Legal Services

Legal Services Targeted to Specific Populations (disabled, elderly, homeless, LGBTQ persons & crime victims)

General Legal Services (housing, consumer, family, public benefits & more)

 

Allegany Law Foundation 

General Civil Legal Services 

Monday-Thursday: 9am-12pm

301-722-3390

http://www.alleganylaw.com/client-intake-form/

Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County

General Civil Legal Services

Monday - Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm

240-391-6370 

Disability Rights Maryland

People with Disabilities
Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
410-727-6352

FreeState Justice

LGBTQ Population

Tuesday:  1pm-4:30pm

410-625-5428

Online Intake: https://freestate-justice.org/need-help/

 

Harford County Bar Foundation
General Civil Legal Services

Serving Harford and Cecil Counties
Monday-Friday: 9am-2pm
410-836-0123

Online Intake

Homeless Persons Representation Project

Homeless population/at risk of homelessness

410-685-6589, 410-387-3126 or 800-773-4340

Maryland Legal Aid
General Civil Legal Services
Telephone Intake (
phone and hours vary by location)
Online intake

 

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
General Civil Legal Services
Monday-Thursday: 9am-12pm
410-547-6537 or 800-510-0050
Online Intake

Mid-Shore Pro Bono
General Civil Legal Services

Serving Eastern Shore of Maryland
Monday-Friday: 9:30am-3pm
410-690-8128

Online Intake

Montgomery County MD Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program

Monday-Thursday: 9am-3pm

301-424-7651

Pro Bono Resource Center
Homeowners at risk of tax sale: 443-703-3052
Immigrants in removal proceedings: 443-703-3054
Tenants with rent court cases pending in Baltimore City District Court: 443-703-3049

Consumers with pending cases in Baltimore City District Court or Prince George’s County District Court: 

443-703-3049

Public Justice Center

Tenants, Low-Wage Workers’ Rights, Education for Homeless Youth, Health & Benefits, Prisoners’ Rights

410-625-9409 or 866-625-9409

Senior Legal Services

Senior Citizens (Ages 60+)

SLSinfo@baltimorebar.org

St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, Inc.

Housing, including foreclosure and tenants

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

410-366-8550

Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc.
Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services

Serving primarily Baltimore Metro Area and Carroll County
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
410-321-8761 ext. 130

Family Law Hotline - Statewide

Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm 

1-800-845-8550

Employment Law Hotline - Statewide

Tuesdays 9:30 am – 1 pm

1st Thursday of the Month 5 pm – 7:30 pm

1-877-422-9500

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Legal Services

CASA, Inc. (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused)

Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services

Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm301-739-4990

24/7 Crisis Hotline: 301-739-8975 

Heartly House

Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services

24-Hour Hotline: 301-662-8800

HopeWorks of Howard County

Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault and/or Human Trafficking- Related Legal Services

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

410-997-0304

24-hour Hotline: 410-997-2272

House of Ruth Maryland

Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services

Monday-Friday 8:30 – 4:30

410-554-8463

After hours hotline: 410-889-7884

Life Crisis Center

Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services
By Appointment
410-749-8111
24/7 Crisis line: 410-749-4357

Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence

Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services

24/7 Crisis Hotline: 800-927-4673

Sexual Assault Legal Institute
Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services
301-565-2277    

Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC)
Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services
Voicemail: 443-371-3553
24-Hour Helpline: 410-836-8430
 

Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy
Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services
301-373-4141
24/7 Crisis Hotline: 240-925-0084

Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc.

Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services

Serving primarily Baltimore Metro Area and Carroll County

Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

410-321-8761 ext. 130

Family Law Hotline - Statewide

Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm 

1-800-845-8550

Employment Law Hotline - Statewide

Tuesdays 9:30 am – 1 pm

1st Thursday of the Month 5 pm – 7:30 pm

1-877-422-9500

Immigration Legal Services

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC)

Immigration Legal Assistance

Multilingual Legal Helpline 202-393-3572, Chinese ext. 18, South Asian ext. 19, Vietnamese ext. 20, Korean ext. 21, English ext. 22

Currently providing legal advice and brief services on immigration matters

Ayuda

Immigration Legal Services

Currently accepting consultations for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking

Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

240-594-0600

CASA

Immigration Legal Services

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

301-431-4185

Pro Bono Resource Center
Homeowners at risk of tax sale: 443-703-3052
Immigrants in removal proceedings: 443-703-3054
Tenants with rent court cases pending in Baltimore City District Court: 443-703-3049

Consumers with pending cases in Baltimore City District Court or Prince George’s County District Court: 

443-703-3049

Tahirih Justice Center – Baltimore

Immigration Legal Services

Tuesday: 10am-2pm

410-999-1900

 

Legal Services Targeted to Specific Populations

 

Community Law Center

Services for Nonprofit/Community Orgs
410-366-0922 x113

 

Disability Rights Maryland

People with Disabilities
Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
410-727-6352

FreeState Justice

LGBTQ Population

Tuesday:  1pm-4:30pm

410-625-5428

Online Intake: https://freestate-justice.org/need-help/

Homeless Persons Representation Project

Homeless population/at risk of homelessness

410-685-6589, 410-387-3126 or 800-773-4340

Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center

Crime Victims’ Assistance

Monday-Friday 9-5301-952-0063

Online Intake: https://www.mdcrimevictims.org/a2j-online-application-interview/ 

Rebuild, Overcome, and Rise (ROAR) Center at University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)

Legal & supportive services connected to being a victim of crime

Baltimore City

Call anytime to leave a message on Intake line.  Calls returned on Tuesdays and Thursdays

410-706-2781

Senior Legal Services

Senior Citizens (Ages 60+)

SLSinfo@baltimorebar.org

Whitman-Walker Health
People with HIV/AIDs, LGBTQ Population
Leonor Suarez - suarez@whitman-walker.org

202-939-7627

HIRE AN ATTORNEY FOR A REDUCED FEE

Baltimore County Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service

Reduced Fee Family Law (divorce, custody, child support, visitation, protective order)

Reduced Fee Criminal Law (misdemeanor, traffic, felony)

Reduced Fee Wills (simple estate planning documents for those 60 and over)

Reduced Fee Veterans (estate planning documents and expungements for veterans and active military)

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

410-337-9100

Request a referral here

Civil Justice, Inc.

General Civil legal services and referrals for low and moderate-income Marylanders

Referrals for small businesses available

Statewide

Phone Intake: 410-706-0174 - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00am-3:00pm

Online Intake

Foreclosure Legal Advice Helpline: 443-808-0076, Monday: 1:30-6pm and Wednesdays: 8:00am-12:30pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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