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Attorneys Take the Fright Out of Scary Legal Questions

October 24, 2012

BALTIMORE - ¬Legal issues can be scary enough, but the fear factor often is heightened by the potential cost. This Saturday in Baltimore, volunteer attorneys are standing by to offer advice for free. It's Pro Bono Day at Maryland Legal Aid.

Coordinator Yoanna Moisides says experts will answer questions and make referrals on issues ranging from divorce and custody to housing, and criminal and consumer law.

Sometimes, information offers peace of mind, she says, as in the case of a man who came to a previous clinic worried about a debt from years ago.

"He was able to find out at the clinic that in fact, the debt-collection company that was contacting him was using several illegal methods."

Moisides says family law issues are usually most common, followed by landlord-tenant disputes. But recently, they've noticed a surge in the financial category.

"Specifically, with this economy, people that are faced with hospital bills, faced with credit card debt - so, a lot of those questions."

Registration is not required, she says. Just show up and bring documents related to the issue. The service will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 500 E. Lexington St.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD