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SELF HELP - WHEN YOU CAN'T AFFORD A LAWYER
Moderators: Sarah Frush and Katherine J. Jones
Look for help with your District Court case at http://mdcourts.gov/district/selfhelpcenter/home.html.
The Maryland Legal Aid Bureau posted an online tool for filing for custody, visitation and child support in Circuit Court. The tool will walk you through a series of questions about your case. At the end of the process, you will be provided with a PDF of a Maryland Domestic Relations form filled out and ready for your review. Find the tool, which is a website, at: https://lawhelpinteractive.org/login_form?template_id=template.2010-06-02.8915381402
District Court Self Help Forums
DCt Self Help Legal Resources
Self Help - When you can't afford a lawyer
This section is specifically for development of materials for the staff providing self help services to litigants at the Glen Burnie Self Help Center, with the goal of developing material for expansion to litigants across the state.
An open forum sponsored by The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD).
The forums are part of an overall plan to assess the needs of people with developmental disabilities in Maryland. Information provided will help shape how MCDD can be a resource to you in the future.
See attached flyer below.
Who Should Attend?
People with disabilities
Family and friends
State & local government
…anyone with interest in helping people with developmental disabilities maximize their potential!
The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities is one of a national network of University Centers for Excellence (UCEDD) federally funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. We are committed to helping people with developmental disabilities maximize their potential and enjoy success in community life.
Where and When?
Two times each day!
1-3 pm and 5-7 pm
June 1: Dove Pointe, 1225 Mt. Hermon Rd. , Salisbury, MD 21804
June 2: Chesapeake College, Rts 50 and 213, Wye Mills, MD 21679
June 8: Allegany College, 12401 Willow Brook Rd., Cumberland, MD 21502
June 9: Urbana Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick, MD 21704
June 20: Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd., Perry Hall, MD 21128
June 21: The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045
June 28: Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie, MD 20715
June 29: Spring Dell Center, 6040 Radio Station Rd., La Plata, MD 20646
No registration required.
Light refreshments will be provided
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Now Available Online - Getting Food Stamps in Maryland, 2011 Edition
Getting Food Stamps in Maryland - 2011 Edition (pdf) is now available online, through Maryland Hunger Solutions' website. This guide gives Maryland residents the facts they need to apply quickly and easily for Food Stamps (also known as "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, nationally, and the Food Supplement Program in Maryland).
More than 650,000 Maryland residents benefit from Food Stamps each month and are able to buy more fresh produce, grains, meat, and dairy products at the grocery store. Even so, a large number of residents – including many low‐income workers, seniors and immigrants – are not getting Food Stamps even though they qualify for benefits.
This means that many people are missing out on one way to stretch their food dollars and buy more nutritious food. In this challenging economic climate, many families must decide between paying bills and buying food. Food Stamps can be a tremendous help in meeting the needs of financially struggling Maryland households.
Maryland Hunger Solutions is available for presentations on hunger, Food Stamps, and how to assist community members in the Food Stamp application process. Please contact Cassandra Kaiser at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Federal Trade Commission today released the list of top consumer complaints received by the agency in 2010. The list showed that for the 11th year in a row, identity theft was the number one consumer complaint category. Of 1,339,265 complaints received in 2010, 250,854 – or 19 percent – were related to identity theft. Debt collection complaints were in second place, with 144,159 complaints.
The report breaks out complaint data on a state-by-state basis and also contains data about the 50 metropolitan areas reporting the highest per capita incidence of fraud and other complaints. In addition, the 50 metropolitan areas reporting the highest incidence of identity theft are noted.
For the first time, “imposter scams” – where imposters posed as friends, family, respected companies or government agencies to get consumers to send them money – made the top 10. The FTC also has issued a new consumer alert, “Spotting an Imposter”, to help consumers avoid imposter scams.
The top consumer complaints were:
|Rank||Category||Number of Complaints||Percentage|
|4||Prizes, Sweepstakes and Lotteries||64,085||5%|
|5||Shop-at-Home and Catalog Sales||60,205||4%|
|8||Foreign Money/Counterfeit Check Scams||43,866||3%|
|9||Telephone and Mobile Services||37,388||3%|
The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 1,800 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s Web site provides free information on a variety of consumer topics. “Like” the FTC on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter.
- MEDIA CONTACT:
- Claudia Bourne Farrell
Office of Public Affairs
- STAFF CONTACT:
- David Torok,
Bureau of Consumer Protection
Find more information at: http://ftc.gov/opa/2011/03/topcomplaints.shtm
CESAR at the University of Maryland, College Park invites you to find approximately 9,000 health, social service and criminal justice resource programs in Maryland using this tool. The Maryland Community Services Locator can provide you with service information, maps, and driving directions to programs! Go to http://www.mdcsl.org/advantagecallback.asp?template=map_search.
Join their mailing list @ http://www.mdcsl.org/avjsc/csl_listserv.asp to receive occasional email updates on new resources available on the site.
It's National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 6-12. Get a free copy, or download a pdf version, of the 2011 edition of the Consumer Action Handbook (shipping is free too). This is the bible of every consumer office in the country because it lists contacts for state and federal consumer agencies, corporate consumer affairs departments, and more. Order your 2011 book today. Delivery will be in April. You can order copies in English and Spanish in bulk to give to clients at: http://consumeraction.gov/caw_orderhandbook_bulk.shtml.
I have attached the pdf version in English below, and will post a Spanish version when I find one.
Homeowners who pre-register for a workshop are guaranteed a free legal consult.
Homeowners do not need to be in foreclosure to obtain a consultation with a volunteer attorney.
Homeowners should bring the following documents (or copies) to the event with them:
*All paperwork related to current and former mortgages, including loan application, settlement paperwork, and lender statements.
*Information about the monthly household budget (income and expenses).
*All foreclosure notices or threats (if any).
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Breaking Barriers is MDLC's annual awards gala fundraising event. Please join us!
For more info, please visit: http://www.mdlclaw.org/news-events/breaking-barriers.
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Go to the website: http://www.icanefile.org/ for help filing your tax return online for free.
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BAR ASSOCIATION OF BALTIMORE CITY HOSTS PRO BONO DAY
The Bar Association of Baltimore City (BABC) will host its fourth Pro Bono Day on Saturday, May 14, from 10 am to 2 pm at Maryland Legal Aid’s downtown Baltimore office, 500 East Lexington Street. The last three Pro Bono Days, held in October 2009 and 2010 and May, 2010, each served well over 150 people with more than 190 legal issues. BABC, along with the other organizers of this event -- Legal Services for the Elderly, Maryland Legal Aid, the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, and the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland -- expect even more people to take advantage of this opportunity. The event is free and open to the public.
Participants with specific legal problems can discuss their options one-on-one with volunteer lawyers on a wide range of subjects including divorce, child support, and custody; housing and landlord/tenant issues; government benefits, record expungements; wills and advance directives; consumer debt and bankruptcy, foreclosure prevention, and veterans issues. While registration is not required, it is strongly encouraged. For more information, call the BABC at 410-539-5936 ext. 102.
“The economic downturn has had and will continue to have a significant impact on the residents of Baltimore City and beyond, particularly low-income residents,” said BABC’s Executive Director Kathy Sanzone. “As a result, legal providers statewide have experienced a dramatic increase in the demand for legal assistance in a variety of areas. The Bar Association of Baltimore City is proud to partner with local legal services organizations to help meet this growing demand.”
See the flyer attached below, as well as an invitation to lawyers, from all over the state, to join us for the day!
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|Volunteer recruitment letter Spring 2011.doc||26.5 KB|
Maryland Legal Aid will present an in-depth presentation and panel discussions on human rights advocacy and its application locally, nationally and internationally at an April 28 symposium hosted in partnership with the University of Baltimore and University of Maryland law schools.
Panelists and speakers include experts in the fields of human rights and legal services, including Wade Henderson, Florence Roisman, Steve Sachs, Edgar Cahn, and Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell. While open to the public, this free event is targeted to attorneys, law students, law professors, legal and human services providers, and college and high school students. The symposium will conclude with a cocktail reception.
Click here for additional details and registration. Advance registration is required.
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The 7 statewide centers provide vets with (or refer them to) psychological and social services. Each center typically has a 4-5 person staff. These centers are "parallel" to and don't share client information with the VA health and benefits system. This structure is designed to ensure vets feel they can provide information and receive services without endangering VA or other benefits.
Readjustment Counseling Service, Mid-Atlantic Region
305 W. Chesapeake Ave., Suite 300
Towson, MD 21204
Aberdeen Vet Center
223 W. Bel Air Avenue
Aberdeen, MD 21001
Annapolis Vet Center
1419 Forest Dr., Suite 102
Annapolis, MD 21403
Baltimore Vet Center
1777 Reisterstown Road Suite 199
Baltimore, MD 21208
Silver Spring Vet Center
10411 Motor City Drive, 5th Floor
Bethesda, MD 20817
Cambridge Vet Center Outstation
830 Chesapeake Drive
Cambridge, MD 21613
Elkton Vet Center
103 Chesapeake Blvd. Suite A
Elkton, MD 21921
Brochures for clients about various topics from Maryland Legal Aid:
General Information Brochure
Human Needs & Human Rights
Welcome to Legal Aid English
Welcome to Legal Aid Spanish
If I'm Sued
Debt Collection Know Your Rights
Debt Collection Harassment
Bankruptcy:What You Need to Know in Maryland
HUD Subsidized Housing
Protections for Direct Deposit of Federal Benefits
The Basics of Child Custody & Visitation
Access to Child Records
Social Services Appeal Rights
Long Term Care Assistance Project
What Is Elder Abuse?
Nursing Home Rights
Nursing Homes - Avoiding Discharge
Nursing Homes - Involuntary Discharge
Maryland Senior Legal Helpline
Planning for Incapacity
Instructions and Wallet Cards
Fair Pay Booklet English
Fair Pay Booklet Spanish
Farmworkers Know Your Rights! English
Farmworkers Know Your Rights! Spanish
Farmworkers Know Your Rights! Creole
Ryan White Project Supportive Services Legal Assistance