Services Offered Through Harford County Bar Foundation
Civil Pro Bono & Reduced Fee
This is a program that financially qualified individuals and their families may apply for and if accepted into the HCBF program are placed with an attorney who provides pro bono (for free) services. It also places income eligible individuals with attorneys who will represent them on a reduced fee basis. The areas of law in which the legal services are placed include: family law, housing, bankruptcy, consumer, foreclosure, and estates and trust.
Lawyer Referral Services
In addition to the reduced fee and pro bono services, there is a lawyer referral service. This service is offered to members of the Harford County Bar Association, who participate in our various programs. This service refers the public to attorneys for representation in all areas of law. HCBF does not charge for this service. Fees are arranged directly between clients and attorneys.
Criminal Reduced Fee Program
HCBF's criminal reduced fee program coordinates efforts with the Office of the Public Defender. If an individual is ineligible for free representation under the Office of the Public Defender's income guidelines, then the Office of the Public Defender refers the cases to the Criminal Reduced Fee Program. The Lawyer Referral Service places these cases with local attorneys, who will charge the individual a reduced fee to handle the case. (HCBF charges a $50 administrative fee for this service)
Harford County Bar Foundation is a community outreach program whose mission is to surround the disadvantaged citizens of Harford and Cecil Counties with legal education and advocacy regarding issues that impact an individual's and family's well-being.
HCBF ~ The Heart of Justice
Established in 1991, the Harford County Bar Foundation (HCBF) was organized as a non-profit community resource to offer education and legal referral services to the residents of Harford County. Since its founding, HCBF has extended its reach by serving residents of Cecil County and increasing its community outreach programs.
Many come to HCBF defeated and scared after having many doors closed to them. They are often frustrated, overwhelmed and need help. HCBF has an open door and listens to each individual that walks in or calls. The HCBF team works to find a way to assist through direct referrals to legal, local services, or organizations based on the unique need(s) of each client.
HCBF holds regular clinics, workshops, provides direct representation and collaborates with other non-profits regarding abuse, custody, homelessness, bankruptcy, employment, individual rights, consumer matters, educational issues and end of life decisions.