Massachusetts

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Click here for Military Legal Assistance Offices
Servicemembers and their families may access free legal assistance at these offices. See our Working with a Lawyer publication for more details on eligibility.

Click here for Legal Aid and Pro Bono Programs
These programs provide free civil legal assistance, but your eligibility for services may be limited based on your income. These organizations may or may not have military-specific services. Contact these programs for more details on eligibility.

Click here for Lawyer Referral Programs
These programs will connect you to a lawyer who charges for legal services. Some attorneys with these programs, however, may offer discounted initial consultations or may charge reduced fees based on your income. Contact these programs for more information.

Click here for Military-Specific Programs
These are programs designed to assist members of the military with legal matters. See the specific details on the services provided.

Military Legal Assistance Offices:

Hanscom AFB
HQ ESC/JA
20 Schilling Circle
Hanscom AFB, MA 01731
Phone: 781-377-2361 DSN 478-2361
http://www.hanscom.af.mil/baselegalassistance/index.asp

USCG Boston
Commander 1st Coast Guard District
408 Atlantic Ave. Rm 832
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-223-8500
http://www.uscg.mil/d1/

Legal Aid and Pro Bono Programs:

AIDS Action Committee Legal Task Force
294 Washington St., 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-437-6200
Fax: 617-437-1186
http://www.aac.org

Intake:
617-450-1250
Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Wills, AIDS/HIV

Alternatives For Community & Environment, Inc.
2181 Washington Street, 301
Roxbury, MA 02119
Phone: 617-442-3343 x226
Fax: 617-442-2425
http://www.ace-ej.org

Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Environmental. Also Health, Real Estate, if environmental issues are present, CED

American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
99 Chauncy St
Boston, MA 02111-1703
Phone: 617-482-3170
Fax: 617-451-0009
Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Wills

American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM) Worcester County Chapter
340 Main St, Ste 717
Worcester, MA 01608-1692
Phone: 508-752-5363
Fax: 508-752-5363
Intake:
508-752-5363
Counties Served:
Worcester
Type of Cases Accepted:

American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts Western Regional Office
39 Main St
Northampton, MA 01060-3132
Phone: 413-586-9115
Fax: 410-586-7076
Counties Served:
Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire

Cambridge & Somerville Legal Services Private Attorneys In Legal Services Project (PALS)
60 Gore Street, 203
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: 617-494-1800
Fax: 617-494-8222
Counties Served:
Middlesex
Type of Cases Accepted:
Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody,

Catholic Charities Immigration, Services
75 Kneeland Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 01773
Phone: 617-451-7979
Fax: 617-62 5768
http://www.ccab.org

Intake:
617-451 7979
Counties Served:
Suffolk
Type of Cases Accepted:
Immigration

Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration, Services
75 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111
Fax: 617-629-2246
Intake:
617-625-1920
Counties Served:
Middlesex, Suffolk
Type of Cases Accepted:
Immigration

Centro Presente, Inc.
54 Essex St
Cambridge, MA 02139-2699
Phone: 617-497-9080
Fax: 617-497-7247
http://www.cpresente.org

Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Immigration

Children's Law Center of Massachusetts, Inc. Pro Bono Project
156 Broad St
Lynn, MA 01901-1603
Phone: 781-581-1977
Fax: 781-598-9364
Intake:
781-581-1977
Type of Cases Accepted:
Education, Terminating Parental Rights, Juvenile, Health

Community Law Center
122 Boylston St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-2204
Phone: 617-522-3003
Fax: 617-522-0715
Counties Served:
Suffolk
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Real Estate, Immigration, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, CED Adoption, AIDS/HIV

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
1 West St
Cambridge, MA 02139-1707
Phone: 617-661-1010
Fax: 617-661-3289
Intake:
617-661-1010
Counties Served:
Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk
Type of Cases Accepted:
Housing, Child supportImmigration, Domestic Violence, Custody

Disability Law Center, Inc.
11 Beacon St, Ste 925
Boston, MA 02108-3013
Phone: 617-723-8455
Fax: 617-723-9125
http://www.dlc-ma.org

mail@dlc-ma.org
Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Education, Employment Law, Housing, Disability Law, Health

Federal District Court Pro Bono Project
1 Courthouse Way, Ste 2300
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: 617-748-9152
Counties Served:
Suffolk
Type of Cases Accepted:
Federal Court Litigation

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders AIDS Law Project
294 Washington St
Boston, MA 02112
Phone: 617-426-1350
Fax: 617-426-3594
http://www.glad.org

Intake:
800-455-4523
Type of Cases Accepted:
AIDS/HIV

HIV/AIDS Law Consortium Of Western Massachusetts
425 Union Street, Suite 118
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone: 413-732-0011
Intake:
800-633-1890
Counties Served:
Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, The mission of the HIV/AIDS Law Consortium of Western Massachusetts (The Law Consortium) is to assure access to legal services for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.Torts, Terminating Parental Rights, Real Estate, Juvenile, Immigration, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, CED Adoption, AIDS/HIV

International Institute of Boston Legal Department
1 Milk St
Boston, MA 02109-5413
Phone: 617-695-9990
Fax: 617-695-9191
http://www.dreamsoffreedom.org

ldavis@iiboston.org
Intake:
617-695-9990
Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Immigration, Dissolution, Custody

Lawyers Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing, and Homelessness
16 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108-3707
Phone: 617-723-0885
Fax: 617-723-9956
http://www.lawyersclearinghouse.org

Intake:
617-723-0885
Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Housing, Nonprofit, Business and other Transactional, CED

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law of the Boston Bar Association
294 Washington St
Boston, MA 02108-4608
Phone: 617-482-1145
Fax: 617-482-4392
Intake:
617-482-1145
Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Education, Employment Law, Housing, Civil Rights and Discrimination

Legal Services For Cape, Plymouth And Islands, Inc.
460 W Main St
Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: 508-775-7020
Fax: 508-790-3955
http://www.lscpi.org

lscpi@lscpi.org
Intake:
800-742-4107
Counties Served:
Barnstable, Dukes, Plymouth, Nantucket
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Terminating Parental Rights, Real Estate, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody

Massachusetts Advocates For Children (MAC)
100 Boylston Street
Ste 200
Boston, MA 02116-4610
Phone: 617-357-8431 fax 8438
http://www.massadvocates.org

Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services
8 Winter St, Fl 11
Boston, MA 02108-4705
Phone: 617-482-2773
Fax: 617-451-6383
Intake:
617-482-4124
Counties Served:
Suffolk
Type of Cases Accepted:
AIDS/HIV

Massachusetts Justice Project Volunteer Lawyers Service
450 Main Street, 300
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: 508-831-9888
Fax: 508-831-0736
Intake:
888-427-8989
Counties Served:
Worcester
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Torts, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, CED, Adoption

Medical Legal Partnership For Children
Dowling 3 South, One Boston Medical Center Place
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-414-3658
http://www.mlpforchildren.org

Merrimack Valley Legal Services, Inc. Private Bar Involvement Program
35 John St, Rm 302
Lowell, MA 01852-1101
Phone: 978-458-1465
Fax: 978-458-3481
http://www.mvlegal.org

Intake:
978-458-1465
Counties Served:
Middlesex , Essex
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Health, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. Pro Bono Panel
37 Friend St
Lynn, MA 01902-3016
Phone: 781-599-7730
Fax: 781-595-2022
http://www.neighborhoodlaw.org

Intake:
781-599-7730
Counties Served:
Essex
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Education, Elder Law, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, AIDS/HIV

New Center For Legal Advocacy, Inc. Private Attorney Involvement Project
257 Union St
New Bedford, MA 02740-5910
Phone: 508-979-7160
Fax: 508-979-7162
http://www.ncla.net

Intake:
800-244-9023
Counties Served:
Bristol, Plymouth, Norfork Bristol, Plymouth and a portion of Norfork
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Education, Elder Law, Housing, Wills, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, AIDS/HIV

Political Asylum/Immigration, Representation Project (PAIR)
14 Beacon St
Suite 804A
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-742-9296
Fax: 617-742-9385
http://www.pairproject.org

Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Immigration

South Middlesex Legal Services Private Bar Volunteer Program
354 Waverly St
Framingham, MA 01702-8313
Phone: 508-620-1830
Fax: 508-620-2323
Counties Served:
Middlesex, Norfolk
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Education, Housing, Wills, Domestic Violence, Dissolution, Custody, Adoption

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of MA, Inc.
249 A Street, Studio 14
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: 800-864-0476
Fax: 617-523-4005
http://www.vlama.org/

Counties Served:
Statewide
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Employment Law, Housing, EntertainmentTorts,  Immigration, Health

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
29 Temple Place
Suite 300
Boston, MA 02111-1350
Phone: 617-423-0648
Fax: 617-423-0061
http://www.vlpnet.org

Intake:
617-423-0648
Counties Served:
Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk
Type of Cases Accepted:
Bankruptcy, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment Law, Housing, Wills, Torts, Real Estate, Dissolution, Custody, Adoption

Lawyer Referral Programs:

Massachusetts Bar Association
20 West St.
General Phone No: 617-654-0400
Boston, MA 02111-1204
TTY Phone: 617-338-0585
800 Phone: 866-627-7577
http://www.masslawhelp.com

Counties Served:
Statewide
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law.
Special Panels:
Reduced Fee Panel

National Lawyers Guild LRS
14 Beacon St. Suite 407
Boston, MA 02108
General Phone No: 617-227-7008
Foreign Language Phone: 617-227-7008
Languages: Spanish
http://www.nlgmass.org/lawyer-referral-service
Counties Served: Statewide
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law. 
Special Panels: Reduced Fee Panel

Bristol County Bar Association
448 County St.
General Phone No: 508-990-1303
New Bedford, MA 02740-5012
800 Phone: 800-647-5151 (In state only)
http://bristolcountybar.org

Counties Served:
Bristol
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law except: International

Essex County Bar Association LRS
Shetland Office Park
45 Congress St., Ste 4100
General Phone No: 978-741-7888
Salem, MA 01970
http://www.essexcountybar.org/

Counties Served:
Essex
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law.
Special Panels:
Reduced Fee Panel

Hampden County Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service
50 State St.
Springfield, MA 01103-2027
General Phone No: 413-732-4648
http://www.hcbar.org/
Counties Served: Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law except: Administration, Healthcare, International
Special Panels: Reduced Fee Panel, Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel

Hampshire County Bar Association LRS
15 Gothic Street, Suite 10
General Phone No: 413-586-8729
Northampton, MA 01060-3084
http://www.hampshirebar.org/lrs.htm

Counties Served:
Hampshire
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law.
Special Panels:
Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel

Middlesex County Bar Association LRS
200 Trade Center, Third Floor
Room 324
General Phone No: 781-939-2797
Woburn, MA 01801
http://www.middlesexbar.org/Services/LawyerReferralService.htm
Counties Served:
Middlesex
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law except: Intellectual Property, Immigration/Naturalization, International

Boston Bar Association LRS
16 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-3707
General Phone No: 617-742-0625
800 Phone: 800-552-7046 (Eastern MA only)
Languages: Intake: Spanish.  Referrals to attorneys who speak: Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Creole, Dutch, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sign Language, Spanish, Thai, Yiddish
http://www.bostonbarlawyer.org/
Counties Served: Suffolk, Norfolk, Middlesex, Essex, Plymouth, Bristol, Worcester
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law. 
Special Panels: Reduced Fee Panel

Worcester County Bar Association LRS
370 Main Street, Suite 975
General Phone No: 508-752-1311
Worcester, MA 01608
800 Phone: 800-622-9700
http://www.worcestercountybar.org

Counties Served:
Worcester
Types of cases referred:
Refers to all areas of the law except: International Law, Veterans Issues
Special Panels:
Reduced Fee Panel

Military-Specific Programs:

Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
sshah@bostonbar.org
Contact: Sonia Shah
Military, Veterans and Their Families Legal Intake Line: 617-603-1710

The Boston Bar Association (BBA), Legal Advocacy & Resource Center (LARC), Shelter Legal Services, and the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) have launched a dedicated intake line to connect military personnel, veterans, and their families to legal assistance. Cases are handled on a pro bono or reduced-fee basis by volunteer lawyers from the Boston Bar Association. If the person seeking legal assistance falls above 300% of the poverty guideline, they may also call the Boston Bar Lawyer Referral Service directly at 617-742-0625.

Shelter Legal Services Foundation
885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459
Phone: 617-552-0623
http://shelterlegalservices.org/

Providing free legal services to low-income and homeless people, with a program specifically for veterans.

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