Legal Assistance Resources

Thursday, April 26, 2012

If you are looking for legal assistance and live in the Greater Boston area, please contact:

  1. Legal Advocacy & Resource Center (LARC)

    Low-income people who call LARC can talk to a legal advocate immediately to obtain free legal advice in civil law issues like housing, domestic relations, consumer, bankruptcy, government benefits, CORI, employment, guardianship, etc. In addition to providing legal advice, LARC advocates screen every caller to see ifthey are eligible for representation by Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS) or for family law representation from the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC). If a caller meets the criteria for one of these above-named programs, LARC sends all of the information,via a shared electronic network, directly to the program.

    LARC Hotline is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The phone numbers are 1-800-342-LAWS and 617-603-1700. You may also contact LARC via the web at www.larcma.org.

    Spanish and Haitian Creole staff are available to callers during Hotline hours.  Telephone interpreters are available for most other languages.

    The Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service is a free service available for callers who earn over 300% of the poverty guidelines which is equal to a household of one earning $33,516 or more a year and may not qualify for free legal aid. All referrals are free, but the attorneys’ callers are referred to do charge. Some callers may qualify for reduced rates. The BBA Lawyer Referral Service can be reached at (617) 742-0625 or 1-800-552-7046 or through an Online Referral.
  2. Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline

    LARC also operates a special Helpline that provides free legal information, advice and referrals services to Massachusetts senior residents (60 years or older) in most areas of civil law. There are no income limitations and the line is open 24 hours a day.  A legal advocate will call back within two business days. The number is 1-866–778-0939.

    There are telephone interpretation services in many languages.
  3. Find Legal Aid Search

    The Massachusetts Websites Project maintains a Find Legal Aid search for all of Massachusetts (www.MassLegalServices.org/FindLegalAid)   Enter your zip code or town, age and, at your option, the type of legal problem you are having, and the search will return information about local legal services programs, and specialized statewide legal services programs that may be able to assist you.  The FindLegalAid page also includes information about other referral resources, such as Bar Associations.
  4. MassLegalHelp.org and MassLegalServices.org

    If you are unable to obtain legal representation or advice, you may want to consult one of the Massachusetts statewide legal services websites:

    www.MassLegalHelp.org  provides practical, accessible legal information to low-income residents of Massachusetts and advocates without legal expertise. The legal information is presented in an easy-to-understand format, and covers a large number of topics including children and families, consumer, domestic violence, housing, employment and unemployment, health and mental health, housing, immigration, school, income and benefits employment, CORI, and disability. Many resources are available in multiple languages.

    www.MassLegalServices.org is intended for legal advocates, but it has extensive materials useful to anyone seeking detailed information about laws affecting low-income Massachusetts residents.  Topics covered include benefits, CORI, disability benefits, disability rights, education, employment, family law, health care, housing, immigration, language access, medicare, and general legal research resources.