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Obtaining Legal Assistance

Please note that while you are free to pay an attorney for assistance, many attorneys are willing to offer assistance to veterans free of charge. There are also legal services organizations that provide free services to low-income individuals. Some legal services organizations are featured under General Legal Assistance on the next page. Alternatively, you may be able to obtain free legal assistance from a veterans’ service organization (see Appendix D).

Assistance with VA Benefits Claims Appeals

Several organizations and private lawyers have experience assisting veterans with VA benefits claims appeals. If you are selecting a lawyer to assist you, be sure to read the section of this guide on appealing a benefits claim, which outlines the limits on what fees an attorney can charge to represent you.

The National Association of Veterans Advocates (NOVA)
1425 K Street, NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (877) 483-8238
Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
20 West Street
Boston, MA 02111-1204
Toll-free in Massachusetts: (866) MASS-LRS or (866) 627-7577
Boston: (617) 654-0400
TTY: (617) 338-0585

General Legal Assistance

If you need help with legal matters, contact one of the legal services below, which offer sliding fee and pro bono services. Some services are available to low-income individuals only. Be sure to ask about income restrictions when contacting a legal services organization.

Legal Assistance Hotline

A legal assistance hotline is available for military personnel and veterans who live in the Greater Boston area. You can contact this service by calling 617-603-1710 at any time to leave a message, and someone will return your call within two business days. A partnership of the Boston Bar Association, Legal Advocacy & Resource Center, Shelter Legal Services and the Volunteer Lawyers Project. A dedicated intake line for members of the military, veterans and their families. (In the online form, please include your relationship with the military in the “Agency or Other Referral” field in order to receive priority status.)
Military Legal Help Line
Phone: (617) 603-1710

Monthly Dial-a-Lawyer Program

The monthly dial-a-lawyer program is available the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. This service, sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association, allows members of the public to call for free legal advice: 617-338-0610. The phone lines are frequently busy during this time, and it may require repeated attempts to get through.

Legal Service Organizations

Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
16 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 742 0625
Toll-free: (800) 552-7046
Open 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday – Thursday;
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Friday.
By phone or email only. NO walk-ins.
Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau
24 Crescent Street, Suite 202
Waltham, MA 02453-4088
Phone: (781) 893-4793
TTY: (781) 736-9006
Fax: (781) 893 -4799
Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
One West Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 661-1010
Fax: (617) 661-3289
Greater Boston Legal Services
Toll-free: (800) 323-3205
Boston Office
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 371-1234
TTY: (617) 371-1228
Cambridge Office
60 Gore Street, Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: (617) 494-1800
TTY: (617) 494-1757
Community Legal Aid
Community Legal Aid - Worcester
405 Main St, 4th Flr
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: (508) 752-3718
TTY: (508) 755-3260
Community Legal Aid - Northampton
20 Hampton Ave, Suite 100
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 584-4034
Toll-free: (800) 639-1309
Community Legal Aid - Springfield
One Monarch Place, Suite 400
Springfield, MA 01144
Phone: (413) 781-7814
Toll-free: (800) 639-1109
Community Legal Aid - Pittsfield
152 North Street, Suite E-155
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone: (413) 499-1950
Toll-free: (800) 639-1509
Community Legal Aid - Fitchburg
(open Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m)
Crown Point Building
76 Summer Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Community Legal Aid - Greenfield
(1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 9:00am to 1:00pm and by appointment)
55 Federal Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Community Legal Aid - Milford
(open 1st and 3rd Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Milford Senior Center
60 North Bow Street
Milford, MA 01757
Community Legal Aid -  North Adams
(Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment)
61 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247
Community Legal Aid - Southbridge
(open 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Catholic Charities
79 Elm Street
Southbridge, MA 01550
Legal Services for Cape Cod and Islands
460 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: (508) 775-7020
Toll-free: (800) 742-4107
Senior citizens: (508) 771-7458
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
23 Everett Street, First Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138-2702
Phone: (617) 495-4408
Merrimack Valley Legal Services
35 John Street, Suite 302
Lowell, MA 01852-1101
Phone: (978)458-1465
Toll-free (in MA only): (800) 336-2262
TTY: (978) 452-4740
South Coastal Counties Legal Services Inc.
(formerly the New Center for Legal Advocacy)
Phone: (508) 979-7160
Toll-free: (800) 244-9023
TTY: (508) 990-7755
Online inquiry form available
Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts LLC, - Brockton
231 Main St.
Suite 201
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: (508) 586-2110
Toll-free: (800) 244-8393
Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts LLC, - Fall River
22 Bedford St.
1st Floor
Fall River, MA 02720
Phone: (508) 676-6265
Toll-free: (800) 287-3777
MetroWest Legal Services
63 Fountain Street, Suite 304
Framingham, MA 01702
Phone and TTY: (508) 620-1830
Toll-free: (800) 696-1501
Shelter Legal Services
Offers legal services to low-income veterans through clinics at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans and the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home.
885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459
Phone: (617) 552-0623
Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc.
The Pro Bono Legal Project
110 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
Phone: (781) 322-4125