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What We Do

Our History

Founded in 1985 as The Law Foundation of Prince George’s County, Inc., we began as a lawyer-referral organization matching low income clients with lawyers who would provide free advice. In 1985 we expanded our method of service by opening our first legal clinic in the courthouse in Upper Marlboro. In 2006, we renamed ourselves Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, Inc. Currently, Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, Inc., operates four legal clinics in Prince George’s County.Women counseling a couple

Our Growth

CLS has completed our thirty second year of service to Prince George’s County. During the past few years economic challenges increased the demand  for our services. To meet the increased demand, CLS reached out to new partners for economic support of our services. As the poor economy continued, even our funders began to feel the economic burden to help us meet our mission. CLS is proud to say that by shifting our priorities to meet the most immediate legal needs of our community and diversifying our funding, CLS has maintained a strong financial position and has continued to assist residents of Prince George's county.

 

Lawyer Referral Program

Our Lawyer Referral Program provides legal representation to qualified clients. Clients are screened for income eligibility and the facts of the case are reviewed. Assistance is provided in cases involving: divorce, custody, child support, visitation, domestic violence, guardianship, foreclosure prevention, wills, landlord/tenant, unpaid wages, tort defense, bankruptcy, and other non-fee generating civil legal matters. An application fee (currently $25) will be charged for processing of the application to be referred to a volunteer lawyer. Staff members speak English and Spanish.

240-391-6370 or 6395
MD Relay 800-735-2258
Tuesday, Thursday or Friday - 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Foreclosure Prevention Program

Our Foreclosure Prevention Project seeks to assist homeowners at risk of losing their homes due to foreclosure with an opportunity to retain their home. Volunteer lawyers will help eligible homeowners with loss mitigation, negotiations of repayment, forbearance, and/or loan modification plans.

240-391-6413
Monday - Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Bankruptcy

Our Bankruptcy Program provides legal representation in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy cases.

240-391-6370 or 6395
MD Relay 800-735-2258
Tuesday, Thursday or Friday - 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Family Law Clinic

We provide brief advice to persons who are not represented by a lawyer. Staff members speak English and Spanish. CLS staff lawyers may not represent clients. Legal matters handled include: family law, domestic violence, guardianship of disabled adults, small claims and tenant matters.

Courthouse 14735 Main Street Upper Marlboro, MD - Room 2435M

20 minute time slots available per client! - First-come, first-served!

Monday – Thursday - Sign-in begins at 9:00 a.m. - We assist the first 18 persons who sign in.
Friday - Hours 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon only. - We assist the first 9 persons who sign in.

Family Law Latino Clinic

We provide brief advice to persons who are not represented by a lawyer. Staff members speak Spanish and English. Income eligible clients, including domestic violence victims, may be referred to a lawyer through this program.

 Prince George's County Multi Service Center

1401 University Blvd. East

Langley Park, MD 20783

First-come, first-served!

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Doors open at 9:00 a.m. - We assist the first 14 persons who sign in.

Workers' Rights Legal Clinic

CLS provides brief legal advice in employment law matters and assistance in collecting unpaid wages. Staff members speak Spanish and English.

 Prince George's County Multi Service Center
1401 University Blvd. East  Langley Park, MD 20783

First-come, first-served!

Tuesday - Doors open at 8:15 a.m. - We assist the first 10 persons who sign in.

Suitland Law Clinic

Our Suitland Clinic operates by appointment only. Legal matters handled include: family law, domestic violence, guardianship of disabled adults, wills, power of attorney, name change, bankruptcy, small claims, and expungement. To make an appointment please call our main office, 240-391-6370, ext. 13