CASA of the Mid-Shore
Phone Number (410) 822-2866
Address 1 S. Washington Street, Suite 2, Easton, MD 21601
Website www.casamidshore.org
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.
Email: info@casamidshore.org
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
Website www.courts.state.md.us/clerks/talbot
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
Website www.mdcourts.gov/district/directories/courtmap.html#TALBOT
Description The jurisdiction of the court includes all landlord-tenant cases, replevin actions, motor vehicle violations, misdemeanors and certain felonies. In civil cases the District Court has exclusive jurisdiction in claims for $5,000 or less, and concurrent jurisdiction with the circuit courts in claims for amounts above $5,000 but less than $30,000. The jurisdiction of the District Court is concurrent with that of the circuit court in criminal cases, classified as misdemeanors and certain felonies, in which the penalty may be confinement for 3 years or more or a fine of $2,500 or more. The District Court does not conduct jury trials.

No food or drink is allowed. For assistance with special needs, contact the court immediately. Parking: metered lot next to building.
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
Website www.mdlab.org
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
Website www.midshoremediation.org
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.
Email info@midshoremediation.org
Mid-Shore Pro Bono
Phone Number (410) 690-8128
Address 8 S. West Street, Easton, MD 21601
Hours Monday - Friday: 9:30am to 3pm
Website www.midshoreprobono.org
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.

- Bankruptcy
- Consumer Debt/Debt Buyer
- Foreclosure
- Small Claims
- Child Custody and/or Visitation
- Legal Separation
- Guardianship
- Divorce
- 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.
Email info@midshoreprobono.org
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
Website www.registers.maryland.gov/main/talbot.html
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.
State’s Attorney
Phone Number (410) 770-8060
Address 20 N West Street, Easton, MD 21601
Website www.talbotcountymd.gov/index.php?page=States_Attorney
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
Address 600 Dover Road, Easton, MD 21601
Website www.mdtca.org/mdtca-members/talbot-county-teen-court
Description Talbot County Teen Court was started in 1999. It is a voluntary diversion program run by teens for teens. Respondents must be between the ages of 13-17, first time offenders, Talbot County residents, and admit their guilt.

In Teen Court, volunteers perform the roles of the prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiff, clerk, Judge, and jury. Cases are referred to Teen Court by local law enforcement agencies, school systems, and the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.

Depending on the severity of the offense, Talbot County Teen Court employs minimum and maximum ranges of sanctions. Respondents all receive between 8-60 hours of community service and 1-4 jury duties, but the jury may also mandate that the youth attend educational programs, write an apology letter, or compose an essay about the incident.

Respondents have 60 days to complete their sanctions. If the youth fails to complete the assigned sanctions, his case is referred to the Department of Juvenile Services, where a petition may be filed for formal action.
Email tcteencourt@gmail.com
Need Help?

Need Help?

Eastern Shore Crisis Response

1-888-407-8018