Allegany Law is a legal services program assisting low-income clients and seniors in Allegany County in Western Maryland in civil cases. Assistance includes referrals to pro bono attorneys and representation by contract attorneys providing reduced fee assistance through legal clinics and court representation. Eligible clients are provided assistance with their cases at no cost. Allegany Law was founded by the Bar Association of Allegany County in 1997.
Programs and Clinics
Pro Bono Legal Representation
Private attorneys in Allegany County accept pro bono cases from our organization. Clients must meet our income eligibility guidelines and fall into our case priorities. Once an intake applicant is approved for services, staff seek volunteer attorneys to represent the client with their legal matter. Service priorities for placement of cases are as follows: family law; housing emphasizing distressed homeowners and foreclosure-related tenant problems senior self-determination including advance directives, powers of attorney and deeds; consumer finance; and income maintenance.
Provides free legal services to clients who otherwise would be unable to afford representation in contested family law matters. The case must be in Allegany Count and fall under our case priorities. You will be asked to provide proof of your income and will go through a screening process before your case is placed with an attorney. Clients will usually use the services of the Family Law Self-Help Clinic to initiate the case and then seek a placement in the Judicare Program after the opposing party has been served and responds. Attorneys who participate in the Judicare program are paid a significantly reduced fee by Allegany Law Foundation.
Family Law Self-Help Clinics
Attorneys assist with the completion of family law (domestic relations) court forms. This service is open to the public, without charge and without screening for income.
Every Tuesday 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Circuit Court Annex
59 Prospect Square
Cumberland, MD 21502
Since 2008, Allegany Law has joined with other Maryland legal services programs and housing counselors to assist homeowners facing foreclosure. Volunteer attorneys meet with eligible clients to discuss options, answer questions about the foreclosure process and represent homeowners at foreclosure mediations and judicial proceedings. If you have not yet defaulted on your mortgage payment, but may be at risk of defaulting, please call to apply for advice. Assistance is available to residents of Allegany County to prevent foreclosure or negotiate leaving your home.
Services for Seniors
Allegany Law works through Human Resource Development Commission (HRDC) to provide free services to people over the age of 60 without regard to income and assets in priority areas of law. The areas of law include income maintenance, health care, housing, employment, age discrimination/civil rights, protective services, landlord/tenant relations and custody/visitation. Staff will also assist with advance directives and powers of attorney. Requests for wills are referred to private attorneys.
Ask a Lawyer Clinic
A volunteer attorney will be available to provide eligible Maryland residents brief one-on-one advice of a variety of civil legal issues. This service is open to the public. In order to qualify for this FREE service a low income screening is required.
The 1st Thursday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Allegany County Department of Social Services
1 Frederick Street.
Cumberland, MD 21502
Free Wills for Veterans
Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces living in Allegany County can have a FREE simple will prepared by a Maryland Volunteer Attorney.
Call Allegany Law Foundation at (301) 722-3390 to learn more about this FREE opportunity.
In order to qualify a low-income screening is required. Certain asset and income guidelines may apply.