Searching for a lawyer is not an easy task. This section provides information to help you look up a specific lawyer or search for free or low-cost legal help from a variety of organizations.
Free and Low Cost Legal Aid
If you think you need a lawyer, but are worried about the cost, you may be eligible for free or low cost legal services. There are a number of legal aid organizations throughout the state. A good place to start is the Mass. Legal Services web site. It will ask you to answer a few simple questions in order to find programs for which you might be eligible. Legal Resource Finder: Find Legal Aid
Lawyer for the Day Programs
Some courts have volunteer lawyers who help you with your case for that day only. Every program is different and has its own rules. Check with your court to make sure the Lawyer for the Day program will be open on the day that you will be in court. Lawyer for the Day Programs
Limited Assistance from a Lawyer
Information for litigants in the Boston Municipal Court, District Court, Housing Court, Land Court and Probate and Family Court only. This process allows attorneys to assist self-represented litigants with selected documents or appearances without taking on full representation. Limited Assistance Representation
Lawyer Referral Services
Bar Associations may be able to refer you to an experienced attorney. Massachusetts Legal Referral
Look Up a Massachusetts Lawyer by Name or City
Locate an attorney by name or city. Go to Mass. Board of Bar Overseers, and click on Look Up an Attorney at the top of the screen.
Tips on Choosing a Lawyer
The Mass. Bar Association provides you with information on what lawyers do and how they charge. It also provides a synopsis of the ways a lawyer might structure her fee and includes a brief description of your right to a court appointed attorney. Choosing a Lawyer