Foreclosure brochures flying out the door

On June 30, a truck pulled up to the Maryland State Bar Association headquarters and delivered boxes of its newly updated public service brochure, “Foreclosure Proceedings in Maryland.” On July 1, the MSBA started handing them out. By July 15 — just two weeks later — it had gone through more than 1,000 of the 20,000 it had printed up.

And that doesn’t even include hits on the Web version, said MSBA spokeswoman Janet S. Eveleth, who called the response “unprecedented.”

The total includes about 800 brochures given out on request from the MSBA’s office and more than 200 passed out to lawyers attending last week’s MICPEL foreclosure course in Baltimore, Eveleth said.

MICPEL will repeat the “Nuts and Bolts” class this month and next in Rockville and Salisbury, with video replays scheduled for September and November. Scholarships are available for lawyers who volunteer with the Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project.

The printed brochure doesn’t mention the pro bono project — “We didn’t want to do anything that might limit its shelf life,” Eveleth said — but the online version includes the state’s HOPE hotline, 877-462-7555.

BARBARA GRZINCIC, Managing Editor/Law

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