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Ask A Lawyer In the Library – Update

The Law Library has been busy with the  Ask A Lawyer In The Library program. In addition to the weekly courthouse program held in the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library on March 1 and March 8, the monthly evening program at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library was held on February 28.

We are happy to introduce two new volunteer attorneys: Saul McCormick of Lessans, Praley and McCormick and John Bailey who has a private practice.  Saul McCormick and John Bailey joined Carole Brown

Carole Brown
Carole Brown

in Eastport where they helped 11 people with such issues as wills and probate, judicial review, landlord and tenant, divorce, debt collection, formation of an LLC, and home improvement contracts.

John was on call  the very next day to take on Jack Paltell’s shift if needed at the courthouse.   Mike Ragland

Mike Ragland 20151007 pm
Mike Ragland

helped two people with questions on estates and administrative appeals. This week  was much busier. Mike Valadez was able to help seven people with questions on wills and estates, injunctions, foster care, and procedure in an insurance dispute.

The next program date is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 for 2 locations.  It will be held during the day in the in the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library and in the evening at Glen Burnie Regional Library.

The Ask A Lawyer In The Library program is a civil, non-family law, self-help program sponsored by The Anne Arundel Bar Association and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Every Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., you can talk with a volunteer attorney for up to 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary, but sign-up is required at the law library’s information desk. Sign-up begins at 10:45 a.m., and time slots are determined by a lottery. In addition to the weekly program, the Ask A Lawyer In The Library program is held monthly at two Anne Arundel County Public Library branches: Glen Burnie Regional Library on the 3rd Wednesday and Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library on the last Tuesday. For more information, please see

Do you have a family law matter? Family Law matters are best addressed by Family Law Self-Help Center which is located in the back of the law library.  For more information:

Need help with a District Court matter such as landlord/tenant, small claims (less than $5,000), consumer matters, or return of property (replevin and detinue).The District Court Self-Help Resource Center provides limited legal services for people who are not represented by an attorney. Services are provided in-person (in Glen Burnie, Upper Marlboro and Salisbury). More information is available at .

Help with family and civil questions is available by phone and online chat from the Maryland Courts Self Help Center, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. More information and link for chat can be found here:

By Joan Bellistri

Law Library Director for the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library

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