Legal

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The Attorney Grievance Commission oversees the conduct of both Maryland attorneys and nonmembers of the Maryland Bar who engage in the practice of law in the State. The Office of Bar Counsel investigates and, where indicated, prosecutes attorneys whose conduct violates the Maryland Attorneys’ Rules of Professional Conduct as well as those engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. Bar Counsel also reviews notifications of overdrafts on attorney escrow accounts.

Please visit their website in order to file a complaint.

410-514-7051
200 Harry S. Truman Parkway Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401
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The Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities ("Commission") is an independent body with the power to investigate complaints against Maryland judges and, when warranted, conduct hearings concerning such complaints and take certain actions or make recommendations for other actions to the Court of Appeals. Through the exercise of its powers, the Commission plays an important role in promoting public confidence in, and preserving, the integrity and independence of the judiciary.

Their web site contains the procedures concerning the filing of a complaint, its investigation and resolution, and other information about the Commission.

410-694-9380
https://www.courts.state.md.us/cjd
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-0340
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This website uses interactive tools to guide you through a series of questions to help determine which court forms you need. The tools help you identify, select, and print forms.

District Court forms (civil, criminal, DV/protective order, traffic citation, etc.)
Juvenile and Family Law forms (Juvenile Record Expungement, adoption, child custody, child support, divorce, marriage, protective order, guardianship, etc.)

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Broad range of free legal services, including legal advice, brief legal assistance, information and referrals, community education and outreach, negotiation and representation in litigation for problems such as housing, health care, government benefits, family, child advocacy, consumer, education and employment issues

Maryland Legal Aid’s general practice covers a wide range of issues including housing, family law, employment, health care, public benefits, and consumer/financial issues. Some offices have special contracts to represent abused and neglected children, clients who are facing legal issues resulting from a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, migrant farmworkers, and clients in danger of losing their home to foreclosure.

Contact: 
Cheryl Chiccone, Office Manager, Legal Advocate
410-763-9676 or 1-800-477-2543
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The mission of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Services (MVLS) is to connect low-income Marylanders with volunteer lawyers and community partners to deliver free civil legal assistance because there should be justice for all, not just for those who can afford it.

Cases MVLS Accepts
Family
Divorce
Custody
Adoption
Guardianship (Adult and Child)
Name Changes/Birth Certificate Corrections
Unaccompanied Youth Project
Housing
Landlord/Tenant Disputes
Foreclosure & Tax Sale
Deed Changes
Ground Rent
Other property issues
Consumer
Bankruptcy (Chapter 7)
Collections
Contract and other consumer disputes
Other
Expungement/Shielding/Vacatur
Income Tax Disputes
Estate Planning and Administration
Uninsured Motorist Tort
Non-Profit Organizations

Intake (410) 547-6537 or (800) 510-0050
201 North Charles Street Suite 1400
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Provides conflict resolution services free of charge to the community. Examples of disputes that go before mediators include: divorce & separation, child custody, parent/teenager conflicts, landlord/tenant, neighbor conflicts, and workplace disputes. Also offers re-entry mediation for inmates about to released from incarceration. This helps the inmate and family members resolve issues that might lead to recidivism. After the conflict is resolved, a written agreement is made or sometimes the problem just ends with a mutual understanding. Volunteers are being accepted for a variety of duties, including becoming mediators. MSCMC is currently engaged in school based mediations for conflicts in the Dorchester County School System.

Contact: 
Jennifer Williams, Executive Director
410-820-5553
8626 Brooks Drive, Suite 204
Easton, MD 21601
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Offers pro bono (free) legal assistance to income qualified individuals in civil legal matters. Examples of legal issues they can assist with include family law, bankruptcy and debt, small claims, advanced medical directives, wills or probate, landlord-tenant disputes, divorce, and guardianship. Mid-Shore Pro Bono does not handle criminal cases, traffic cases or appeals. Mid-Shore Pro Bono offers a number of programs dedicated to dispute and conflict resolution which include: Free Civil Legal Clinics, Lawyer Referral, Community Conferencing, Foreclosure Prevention, Bankruptcy Clinic, Collaborative Practice for Family Law Disputes, Consumer Protection. Clients should call our office at 410-690-8128 to determine eligibility for one of our programs.

Contact: 
Sandy Brown, Executive Director
410-690-8128
8 S. West Street
Easton, MD 21601
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The Office of the Public Defender handles any criminal case carrying a possible jail sentence or a fine of more than $500.
You must apply at least ten (10) working days prior to your trial date. You may apply at most OPD Offices, not just the County where you will go to court.
You will be interviewed by an Intake Specialist, complete a written application, and be asked to provide information about your income and assets.

Contact: 
Janet Hart, Interim District Public Defender
410-479-5756
P.O. Box 159
Denton, MD 21629
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The primary function of the Office of the State's Attorney is to prosecute felony, misdemeanor, juvenile delinquency, and other types of civil and/or criminal cases, when the alleged offense occurred in Caroline County, on behalf of the state of Maryland. The State's Attorney works in conjunction with all eight law enforcement agencies assigned to Caroline County.

Contact: 
Joseph Riley, State's Attorney
410-479-0255
109 Market Street Room 208
Denton, MD 21629
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Provides self-represented litigants in Maryland state courts with information about the law, including summaries of the law, links to primary and secondary legal sources and referrals for legal services. The site gives the highest priority to selecting for content development topics that closely relate to civil case types most frequently handled in Maryland state courts by self-represented parties. We provide information on Maryland and federal law affecting Marylanders and their families in a number of topics, including housing, family law, domestic violence, consumer law, and state and federal benefit programs. There is also a directory of legal service organizations and links to websites of legal providers that may be able to assist you in resolving your matter. In addition, site staff maintains a calendar of events for the general public who need legal information.

410-260-1392