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Free Legal Help Center in Salisbury Officially Opens

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SALISBURY, Md. - In Salisbury, there's a new way for Marylanders to get legal aid--and it's free.

On Friday, the Maryland Judiciary held a grand opening for a new walk-in center in Wicomico District Court. The center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is designed to help people who are representing themselves in civil legal matters. The center is staffed by attorneys who work for Maryland Legal Aid. While they do not provide representation, they can advise people, explain complicated court processes, or help with necessary paperwork. They cover the following issues:

·        Landlord/Tenant

·        Small and large claims up to $30,000

·        Debt collection

·        Return of property

·        Peace and protective orders

·        Expungement

According to the Maryland Judiciary, this is the third District Court walk-in center in the state, with the other two in Anne Arundel County and Prince George's County. Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland John Morrisey says these centers benefit all parties involved. 

"It's kind of a win-win," he said. "It's a win for the court because people are better organized when they come in, and it's a win for the individuals because they are much better prepared and they understand what they are going to encounter once they come into court."

The center also offers help over the phone and via web chat. Sarah Coffey Frush, Chief Attorney for the Maryland and District Courts Self Help Resource Centers, says her team is excited to get to work.

"We're just so thankful that we have the opportunity as Maryland legally to present this service," she told WBOC. "So far, since we opened in 2009, we've assisted 150,000 self-represented Marylanders, and we're really excited to bring this to the people of Salisbury and the Eastern Shore."

More information on the center is available on the Maryland Courts website.

                                                                                                                                                                                

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