Find an Attorney (For Low Cost or No Cost) and Legal Information

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.  For more information, visit the Court's Petition Preparers and Document Preparers page.

Clinics are available to assist individuals filing without an attorney ("pro se filers") in completing their filing forms properly. These programs typically will 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.

The court maintains a list of attorneys who have agreed to consult with low income debtors for a reduced or deferred fee.  Please note that these attorneys are not required to take on your case and are free to negotiate a reasonable fee.  The attorneys on this list are not recommended or endorsed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court; the court is merely serving as a medium to connect attorneys with low income debtors.

Click here for low cost Chapter 7 assistance.
Click here for low cost Chapter 13 assistance.

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