Free Legal Advice @ Your Library
Largo, MD – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) has partnered with Maryland Legal Aid to bring its Lawyer in the Library program to our Oxon Hill Branch. These free, one-on-one sessions will be held from 1-3 pm on the following Wednesdays: March 21, April 25, May 16, June 20 and July 25.
Maryland Legal Aid will provide advice on a variety of civil legal issues including:
- Bankruptcy: A legal procedure for dealing with debt problems of individuals and businesses
- Child Custody and Support
- Debt Collection: To collect a debt or obtain payment; to recover goods sold on credit or in installments when the buyer fails to pay for them
- Expungements: Removing convictions from criminal records
- Government Benefits
- Veterans’ Benefits: There are federal and state statutes that provide benefits, privileges and preferences for the welfare of veterans and their dependents.
- Wage Claims
PGCMLS South Area Manager Melanie Townsend Diggs commented, "I have first-hand experience with the program and the benefits that it offers. It is truly a life-changing opportunity for those in need of legal services, but who cannot otherwise afford it."
"Bringing Lawyer in the Library to the Oxon Hill Library is a special opportunity for us," said Gustava “Gusty” Taler, Esq. Chief Operating Officer for Maryland Legal Aid. "Not only do we get to work with Melanie again, but we also get to expand our services in Prince George's County. In addition to our longstanding full-service office in Landover, we maintain partnerships with the One-Stop Center in Largo and the Family Justice Center in Upper Marlboro, where we co-locate our legal staff. Being able to offer the Lawyer in the Library program in Prince George's County brings our service delivery system to a new level."
About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), consisting of 19 branches, offers strategies for lifelong learning. Skills development library resources include: Rosetta Stone Library Solution, Lynda.com, Brainfuse’s HelpNow and JobNow, ArtistWorks for Libraries and Learning Express Library. Early literacy resources are: Ready 2 Read Centers, Ready 2 Read Backpacks, ABCmouse, AWE Early Literacy Stations, Beanstack, Playaway Launchpads and PebbleGo. All these services are free with your PGCMLS library card. Also,
enjoy Minecraft, 3D printing, DREAM (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media) lab, chess clubs and MAC (Manga and Anime Clubs) free at your library. Engage with us on social media:
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About Maryland Legal Aid
Maryland Legal Aid is a private, non-profit law firm that provides free, civil legal services to people who are in Baltimore City and Maryland's 23 counties from 12 offices. The firm handles cases involving a wide range of issues, including family, housing, government benefits, healthcare, education, employment, and consumer law. Maryland Legal Aid also represents children in CINA (Child in Need of Assistance) proceedings in 12 Maryland jurisdictions. Other vulnerable populations, such as homeowners facing foreclosure, migrant and seasonal farm workers, nursing home and assisted living residents, and veterans seeking benefits and assistance with related legal issues also receive representation through special projects. Maryland Legal Aid's Community Lawyering Initiative, which includes its Lawyer in the Library program, assists with expunging criminal records to remove barriers to obtaining housing, employment, and child custody through clinics held in community centers, non-profit organizations, places of worship, schools, and other gathering places.