Frequently Asked Questions

MSBA Maryland Lawyers’ Manual

Why is the MSBA website asking me to login with a code when I try to access the Digital Manual?

After clicking the login button, you’ll be prompted to enter the email address associated with your account. After entering your email address, do not exit out of the screen. Instead, open your email inbox in another window or tab and locate the message from info@msba.org containing the one-time use, 6-digit code. Return to the MSBA website, enter the code, and the login process is complete.

You will remain logged into MSBA.org on that device/browser for up to 30 days.

 

Why does the MSBA utilize this verification process?

The MSBA website was designed with a number of security features to protect member data, including the two-step verification process outlined above. Many non-financial websites (e.g. LinkedIn, Macy’s, MyFitnessPal) were recently mined for user data and passwords for use on other sites, and as such, a growing number of businesses and organizations are utilizing the two-step authentication process to protect user data.

 

Do I need to complete the website verification process every time I visit the website?

The website is designed to recognize a member’s computer/browser for up to 30 days after they have logged in. In order for this feature to work, please make sure that your browser is set to allow/enable cookies from MSBA.org. We suggest you bookmark the 2019-2020 Digital Maryland Lawyers’ Manual webpage. Then you can access the Digital Manual directly for up to 30 days, without a verification process, as long as you enable cookies from MSBA.org.

 If cookies are disabled, the website is unable to recognize the computer/browser and/or the user’s login history. If cookies are disabled, you will need to complete the verification process each time you visit the MSBA website. If you login from a different computer and/or browser, you will need to complete the verification process outlined above.

 

What if I do not receive the code or encountered an error when using the verification code?

First, check whether the email from info@msba.org appears in your spam or junk mail folder.  If so, you can take steps to mark the email address as safe, so it does not happen in the future.  Second, check any folders that you have created that automatically filter MSBA emails into that folder.  If the email is not in any of these folders and has not been received within 10 minutes, please contact us at info@msba.org or via the chat button in the bottom right side of the MSBA website for further troubleshooting.

 

Do I need to use a specific Web browser?

If you are using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, we suggest switching to a different browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

    • Please add additional Digital Lawyers’ Manual FAQs after the member login, with the following text below the “View Now” button that is currently on the site:

 

Does my MSBA membership include access to the 2019-2020 Maryland Lawyers’ Manual?

Yes, your MSBA membership gives you full access to the 900+ page, Digital 2019-2020 Maryland Lawyers’ Manual, available for view and download from this page.   Click the “View Now” button above or click here to access the Digital Manual.

Why is the MSBA website asking me to login with a code when I try to access the Digital Manual?

After clicking the login button, you’ll be prompted to enter the email address associated with your account. After entering your email address, do not exit out of the screen. Instead, open your email inbox in another window or tab and locate the message from info@msba.org containing the one-time use, 6-digit code. Return to the MSBA website, enter the code, and the login process is complete.

You will remain logged into MSBA.org on that device/browser for up to 30 days.

 

Why does the MSBA utilize this verification process?

The MSBA website was designed with a number of security features to protect member data, including the two-step verification process outlined above. Many non-financial websites (e.g. LinkedIn, Macy’s, MyFitnessPal) were recently mined for user data and passwords for use on other sites, and as such, a growing number of businesses and organizations are utilizing the two-step authentication process to protect user data.

 

Do I need to complete the website verification process every time I visit the website?

The website is designed to recognize a member’s computer/browser for up to 30 days after they have logged in. In order for this feature to work, please make sure that your browser is set to allow/enable cookies from MSBA.org. We suggest you bookmark the 2019-2020 Digital Maryland Lawyers’ Manual webpage. Then you can access the Digital Manual directly for up to 30 days, without a verification process, as long as you enable cookies from MSBA.org.

If cookies are disabled, the website is unable to recognize the computer/browser and/or the user’s login history. If cookies are disabled, you will need to complete the verification process each time you visit the MSBA website. If you login from a different computer and/or browser, you will need to complete the verification process outlined above.

 

What if I do not receive the code or encountered an error when using the verification code?

First, check whether the email from info@msba.org appears in your spam or junk mail folder.  If so, you can take steps to mark the email address as safe, so it does not happen in the future.  Second, check any folders that you have created that automatically filter MSBA emails into that folder.  If the email is not in any of these folders and has not been received within 10 minutes, please contact us at info@msba.org or via the chat button in the bottom right side of the MSBA website for further troubleshooting.

 

Do I need to use a specific Web browser?

If you are using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, we suggest switching to a different browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

 

How do I navigate the Digital Lawyers’ Manual?

Click on the “View Now” button above or click here. You can now view the 900+ page comprehensive directory directly through the webpage.

Scroll through the pages using the white toolbar at the bottom of the screen. You can also zoom in using the (-) and (+) toolbar at the bottom right corner of your screen.→

 

Can I search the Digital Lawyers’ Manual?

Yes, you can perform a keyword search by pressing Control+F (or Command+F on a Mac) and typing in your search terms to quickly find an entry. The search function will appear at the top of the screen and highlight how many times the selected search term appears in the Manual. You can click through the entries by using the   keys.

 

Can I download a copy of the Digital Lawyers’ Manual?

Yes, you can quickly download a copy of the Digital Lawyers’ Manual into a single PDF for ease of reference by clicking the  arrow in the upper left corner of the screen.  Note that if you download the Manual, you may want to download the Manual again periodically to view any updated changes to the Digital Manual throughout the year.

 

Does the Digital Lawyers’ Manual offer any additional benefits compared to the printed Manual?

Yes, the Digital Lawyers’ Manual provides significant additional benefits to the printed Manual, including the following:

    1. The Digital Manual is easily searchable (described above) using a keyword search.
    2. The Digital Manual can be bookmarked for ease of reference.
    3. The Digital Manual will be updated  throughout the year.
    4. Users can easily print selected pages from the Digital Manual that they frequently use for easy reference

 

Can I obtain a printed copy of the 2019-2020 Lawyers’ Manual?

Yes, printed copies of the 2019-2020 Lawyers’ Manual will be available for purchase ($39 per Manual + tax/shipping) by early March 2020 through our website, by emailing info@msba.org, or calling 410-685-7878. We will update our website and email members when the printed Manual will be available for purchase.

 

Why do I need to pay for a printed copy of the 2019-2020 Lawyers’ Manual this year?

In prior years, we have printed and mailed a copy of the Lawyers’ Manual  to our members at significant expense. We were able to provide this benefit due to funding from the Client Protection Fund that covered the bulk of these costs. However, beginning in the 2018-2019 Bar year, the Client Protection Fund elected to no longer provide funding for publishing of the Lawyers’ Manual.  As such, last year, we printed and mailed a significantly less comprehensive edition (without the CPF pages) for the final time.

By producing a Digital Version of the Lawyers’ Manual, we can again include the CPF data that is so important for our members, while providing an added benefit of more frequent updates, searchability, and the ability to bookmark or print frequently used pages.

The Digital Lawyers’ Manual is available to all members immediately as part of your membership, and provides a comprehensive 900+ page legal resource directory at your fingertips with the click of a mouse. We have also included the CPF data in the printed 2019-2020 Lawyers’ Manual as an additional benefit to our members.

The MSBA continues to focus on providing members with up-to-date robust resources that enhance member experiences, all while having the lowest bar dues in the country.