|CASA of the Mid-Shore|
|Phone Number||(410) 822-2866|
|Address||1 S. Washington Street, Suite 2, Easton, MD 21601|
|Description||CASA of the Mid-Shore is a private, non-profit organization created to advocate for children who are under the protection of the circuit court because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are officers of the court and, as such, are ordered to make assessments and recommendations to the judge regarding the best interest of the child to whom they are appointed. CASAs attempt to identify the specific needs of each child for the court, advocate for service provision to meet those needs, and assist in seeking a permanent resolution for each child’s life as quickly and safely as possible.
Court Appointed Special Advocates are adult volunteers from the community who are screened, trained, and supervised by professional staff members. When a CASA volunteer is appointed by a judge to a child’s case, he or she is responsible for taking the time to learn as much as possible about the child. CASA volunteers search for information that might be helpful to the court by talking with parents, teachers, relatives, physicians, therapists, attorneys, social workers, and others. They work closely with all agencies involved with each child. Most importantly, the CASAs get to know the child, and frequently become one of the most consistent adults in the child’s life. Then, the CASAs provide a written report to the court with recommendations as to what is in each child’s best interest.
|Circuit Court for Talbot County|
|Phone Number||(410) 822-2611|
|Address||Court House: 11 N. Washington Street, Easton, MD 21601|
|Hours||Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm, except legal holidays|
|Description||Each year the Clerk’s office files, processes and maintains civil, criminal and juvenile actions. The Clerk’s office records land deeds, mortgages, plats, conveyances and other precious documents. The Clerk administers oaths to County officials, Judges and Governor appointees, issues business and marriage licenses and performs civil wedding ceremonies. The Clerk also commissions Notaries Public.
Family Service Programs including co-parenting seminars, supervised parent-child time, and Pro Se Litigants Family Law.
|Maryland Courts Self-Help Center||(410) 260-1392|
|District Court of Talbot County|
|Phone Number||(410) 819-5850; Toll-free Number (In-state only) 1-800-941-2195|
|Address||108 W. Dover Street, Easton, MD 21601|
|Hours||Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, except legal holidays|
|Description||The District Court hears landlord/tenant cases, replevin actions, traffic violations, criminal cases classified as misdemeanors and certain felonies, and civil cases in the amount of $30,000 or less. The District Court does not conduct jury trials.
|Maryland Legal Aid Bureau – Upper Eastern Shore|
|Phone Number||(410) 763-9676|
|Address||106 N. Washington St., Suite 101, Easton, MD 21601|
|Hours||Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm|
|Description||A non-profit law firm which provides free legal assistance. Helps with most civil (non-criminal) legal problems. Categories include the following issues: family and domestic, children in need of supervision, housing problems, public benefits, consumer problems and institutional problems.|
|Mid Shore Community Mediation Center|
|Phone Number||(410) 820-5553|
|Address||8626 Brooks Drive, Suite 204, Easton, MD 21601|
|Hours||Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm|
|Description||Mid Shore Community Mediation Center provides mediation and conflict resolution services for all types of disputes and situations, please contact us if you have questions about how mediation may be suitable for your conflict. In addition to mediation, we offer group meeting facilitation and conflict management workshops.
Some types of disputes where mediation or facilitation is often helpful are:
- Parenting Plan/Custody Agreements
- Landlord-Tenant Issues
- Roomate/Neighbor Relationships
- Parent-Teen Discussions
- Small Claims Cases
- Employment/Business Disputes
- Elder Care
- Family/Wedding Planning
- Community Issues
- Organizational Strategic Planning
Mediation is sometimes called Alternative Dispute Resolution, Conflict Resolution, or Dispute Resolution.
Mediation and facilitation services are provided to the public FREE of charge.
|Mid-Shore Pro Bono|
|Phone Number||(410) 690-8128|
|Address||8 S. West Street, Easton, MD 21601|
|Hours||Monday - Friday: 9:30am to 3pm|
|Description||Mid-Shore Pro Bono provides legal assistance to individuals throughout the Eastern Shore. If you have a legal problem that involves any of the following matters listed below, we can help you find legal assistance.
- Consumer Debt/Debt Buyer
- Small Claims
- Child Custody and/or Visitation
- Legal Separation
- Elderly Family Member(s)
- Advanced Medical Directives
- Wills or Probate
- Landlord-Tenant Dispute
- Power of Attorney
- Tort Defense
- Limited Immigration Legal Services
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Inc., does NOT handle criminal cases, traffic cases, Protective Orders/Peace Orders or appeals.
Family Law Project provides legal assistance for divorce, custody, child support and other family law related matters. This project has the highest volume of requests among our programs. The need for child custody assistance has increased by over 80% just in the last year due to the opioid crisis --we prioritize providing services for these impacted families.
Elder Law Project provides elderly clients with personal, confidential legal advice through free legal clinics. Clients can obtain wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives free of charge. MSPB recently launched a new initiative to provide legal guidance for caregivers seeking to obtain guardianship of elderly or disabled adults in response to increased requests for this assistance.
Consumer Debt and Housing Project assists people struggling with foreclosure, consumer debt, bankruptcy, employment/record expungements, housing and other matters preventing them from achieving economic stability. In November 2019, MSPB will launch a financial and legal literacy outreach campaign featuring a series of workshops aimed at educating clients about household budgeting, renting and buying a home, expungement and navigating unemployment.
Restorative Justice Project offers several Alternate Dispute Resolution options for youth and adults facing complex legal issues, crime and conflict. We make Community Conferencing available for incident-based referrals and utilize Restorative Dialogue Circles as a proactive tool for engaging youth in safe open discussions. Our goal is to provide options for keeping our region’s youth out of the juvenile justice system.
Immigrant Assistance Project provides secure, safe legal assistance and counseling to immigrants living and working in our community. The Eastern Shore is home to an increasing number of immigrants due to the high demand for farmworkers and other laborers. MSPB has seen the demand for services in this project triple over the last year. MSPB is accredited by the Department of Justice to provide limited immigration legal services and works with a small panel of volunteer attorneys to provide legal guidance for immigration, asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and deportation defense. MSPB is currently expanding its services to include standby guardianships for children of immigrants in danger of being detained or deported.
|Register of Wills|
|Phone Number||(410) 770-6700|
|Address||Talbot County Courthouse, North Wing Suite 14, 11 North Washington Street, Easton, MD 21601|
|Hours||Monday - Friday: 8am to 4:30pm|
|Description||The Register of Wills is responsible for appointing personal representatives to administer decedents’ estates and for overseeing the proper and timely administration of these proceedings. We also perform the following duties: assist and advise the public in the preparation of all required forms; maintain and preserve the permanent record of all proceedings; serve as the Clerk to the Orphans’ Court; track estates and refer delinquent matters to the Court; determine and collect inheritance taxes and probate fees/court costs; audit accounts of personal representatives and guardians; mail various notices and court orders to interested persons; and, verify compliance with court orders. As a service we provide safekeeping for wills of living persons.|
|Phone Number||(410) 770-8060|
|Address||20 N West Street, Easton, MD 21601|
|Description||The State's Attorney's Office is primarily responsible for the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases at the trial level.
|Talbot County Teen Court|
|Description||The Talbot County Sheriff's Office's Teen Court is a voluntary diversion program that allows first-time juvenile misdemeanor offenders to be judged by a jury of peers. The program is open to all Talbot County residents ages 13-17. Student volunteers (non-offenders) are eligible for student service learning hours through Talbot County Public Schools.|
Eastern Shore Crisis Response1-888-407-8018