Harford County Bar Foundation

Organization Description

HCBF is a community outreach program whose mission is to surround the disadvantaged citizens of Harford and Cecil counties with legal education and advocacy regarding issues that impact an individual’s and family’s wellbeing. HCBF holds clinics, workshops, provides direct representation and collaborates with other non-profits regarding abuse, custody, homelessness, bankruptcy, employment, individual rights, and end of life decisions. The HCBF team works to find a way to assist you through direct referrals to legal, local services, or organizations based on the unique need(s) of each client.

Program Details

Pro Bono and Referral Service

Program Description:

HCBF's Judicare program assists financially qualified individuals and their families obtain legal representation for family law issues such as custody and divorce.  Clients may apply for this program through the online application. If accepted, clients are placed with an attorney who will provide pro bono (for free) services. HCBF also places income eligible individuals with attorneys who will represent them on a reduced-fee basis.

In addition to the reduced fee and pro bono services, there is a lawyer referral service. This service is offered to members of the Harford County Bar Association, who participate in our various programs. This service refers the public to attorneys for representation in all areas of law. HCBF does not charge for this service. Fees are arranged directly between clients and attorneys.

If an individual is ineligible for free representation under the Office of the Public Defender's income guidelines, then the Office of the Public Defender refers the cases to the Criminal Reduced Fee Program. The Lawyer Referral Service places these cases with local attorneys, who will charge the individual a reduced fee to handle the case. (HCBF charges a $50 administrative fee for this service)

Program Contact email: hcbf@harfordcountybarfoundation.org
Program Contact Phone: 410-836-0123
Online intake form URL: Online Application
Intake days/hours (by phone): Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm
Condition of waiver: Waived if under Federal Poverty Guidelines
Condition of waiver (describe): Waived if under Federal Poverty Guidelines
Cost or fee (describe): $35
Eligibility-residence-county: Residents of Cecil and Harford Counties
Eligibility-income: Maryland Legal Services Corporation Guidelines
Children (Child Custody, Support, Adoption): Limited representation, Full Representation
Consumer: Limited representation
Divorce: Full Representation
Domestic Violence: Limited representation
Expungement: Full Representation
Employment: Limited representation
Guardianship: Full Representation
Housing - General: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Housing - Landlord/Tenant: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Immigration and Citizenship: Limited representation
Life and Health Planning: Limited representation
Wills, Estates, Probate: Full Representation
Se habla Español: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
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