Indigent criminal defendants have a right to legal counsel, often provided through the Public Defender’s Office, but people of limited incomes often have legal issues that are civil in nature.
While defendants or plaintiffs in civil matters are not guaranteed free representation, free legal advice will be available in Washington County at the Maryland Legal Aid Pro Bono Day on Thursday, July 19.
From 4 to 8 p.m., volunteer attorneys will be at the Department of Social Services, 122 N. Potomac St., to provide answers and advice on issues including family law, landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosures, business law, Social Security disability and other topics, said Katie Cox, a paralegal with Mid-Western Maryland office of the Legal Aid Bureau Inc.
There is no charge to attend and no registration is required.
Pro bono is short for the Latin “pro bono publicus,” or “for the public good,” according to Black’s Law Dictionary. It often refers to work done by attorneys on a volunteer basis.