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Military Legal Assistance Offices

Visit the U.S. Armed Forces Legal Assistance Locator to locate the nearest military legal assistance office (click on "Advanced" and "Accept"). Servicemembers and their families may access free legal assistance at these offices. See our Working with a Lawyer publication for more details on eligibility.

Legal Aid and Pro Bono Programs

Visit to locate programs that provide free civil legal assistance. These organizations may or may not have military-specific services. Contact these programs for more details on eligibility.

Lawyer Referral Programs

Visit the Lawyer Referral Directory to locate programs that can connect you to a lawyer who charges for legal services. In the search box, type your state, county, or city to find local programs. 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.

Military/Veteran Specific Programs

If programs are listed below, they are designed to assist military members and/or veterans with legal matters. See the specific details and contact these programs for more information. Also visit nationwide programs.

ABA Free Legal Answers
If you can't afford a lawyer, ABA Free Legal Answers may be able to help. For most civil (non-criminal) legal questions, if your state participates, click on "Select the state where you live" and click on your state to ask a question.
For VA benefits, discharge upgrades, or other veteran-related legal questions: Choose "ABA Federal" in the "Select the state where you live" dropdown menu to ask a discharge upgrade or VA-related question, and receive an answer from an attorney.

Connecticut Bar Association
30 Bank Street
PO Box 350
New Britain, CT 06050-0350
Contact: Doneshia Lewis
[email protected]
The Connecticut Bar Association, as part of an initiative launched in March 2010, works closely with the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC) to bring trained volunteer attorneys around the state to help veterans with primarily benefits-related cases but also with general legal matters. In April 2011, the CBA’s Estates & Probate Section also launched an estate planning program for veterans in Connecticut so that they may understand the value and necessity of planning for the unforeseen and of creating documents such as wills and powers of attorneys.

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
114 Orange Ave., 2nd Floor
West Haven, CT 06516 Phone: 203-794-4291
Fax: 203-889-0111
Email: [email protected]
The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center provides free legal services to our military veterans.  We help homeless and mentally ill military veterans build stable and independent lives by resolving their legal issues and helping them secure the educational, medical and pension benefits they have earned. Visit the website for more information.