PBRC’s Home Preservation Project recruits and trains pro bono attorneys to provide legal representation to low-income Marylanders at risk of losing their homes.
View the video about our Estate Planning Clinics to see how you can give back to Maryland’s seniors!
Please contact Allison Harris, Director of the Home Preservation Project, at email@example.com or 443-703-3050.
How to volunteer:
All of our community-based clinics are postponed until it is safe to return to in-person events. We are currently offering remote legal consultations through our estate planning and our utility bill projects, for which attorneys can train and volunteer.
We developed projects offering remote legal consultations for low-income Baltimore residents, which will temporarily replace our estate planning and utility bill clinics. Under this remote model, PBRC will offer one-on-one support to volunteers during phone consultations with clients. Volunteer attorneys will sign up for two-hour shifts to provide up to two clients per shift with guidance.
During advance planning shifts, volunteer attorneys will assist low-income seniors with completing two documents during the course of the consultation: (A) an advance medical directive and (B) a financial power of attorney. Document templates will be provided to the clients ahead of time. Clients will complete the documents themselves during the consultation, with the counsel of the volunteer attorney. Clients will then be responsible for executing the documents themselves. We are not able to prepare wills at this time.
At remote utility bill consultations, volunteer attorneys will provide clients with water, gas and/or electric bill issues an individualized legal consultation about their situation along with a “roadmap” summarizing the attorney’s advice, suggested next steps, and additional referral information as appropriate.
To learn more about our work in these areas, click “More Information” below. You can sign up to view our online trainings and you will be put on an email listserv to get information on upcoming brief advice opportunities.
- Estate Planning Clinics – Attorneys with less than two years of estate planning experience complete an online training course prior to volunteering. Attorneys meet one-on-one with Baltimore City seniors at a day-long clinic and prepare wills, advance medical directives, and financial powers of attorney. More information.
- Life Estate Deed Clinics – Attorneys complete an online training course, and participate in a Baltimore City clinic where they meet with Baltimore City seniors to prepare life estate deeds. This project requires a minimal ongoing commitment to execute the life estate deed at a later date. More information.
- Utility Bill Clinics – Attorneys complete an online training course and participate in a half-day clinic in Baltimore City where they give brief legal advice to clients regarding water, gas, and electric bill disputes and shutoffs. More information.