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Only an attorney is qualified to give you legal advice. The Clerk's Office cannot give legal advice or recommend an attorney for you, but limited filing assistance and reference materials are available through the Clerk's Office. For additional information on assistance provided by the Clerk's Office please click here.
Please note that so called "petition preparers"or "document preparers" are not authorized to give debtors or other parties legal advice regarding what documents are appropriate or what information legally is appropriate to include in the documents. A preparer's role is solely that of a typing service transcribing for a minimal fee the information the client provides. Given the availability of online forms, there is little or no reason for a debtor to pay a non-attorney "petition preparer" to obtain the necessary forms.
Pro se clinics are programs in place to assist individuals filing without an attorney in completing their filing forms properly. These programs will typically not complete your forms for you or make a court appearance on your behalf. Most pro se clinics serve Chapter 7 filers only, require registrants to meet low income eligibility guidelines, and require registration in advance. For more information on the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service (MVLS), click here. The Legal Aid Bureau offices for Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Prince George's County also offer self-help classes. For your local Legal Aid office's contact information, click here.
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