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.
The best 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. Each 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. See Lawyer for the Day programs for more information on these helpful programs.
Limited assistance from a lawyer
Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) is when an attorney represents or assists a litigant with part, but not all, of his or her legal matter, instead of the standard full representation on an entire case. With LAR, litigants can engage an attorney for part of the case—a crucial event, like the case management conference or a motion to dismiss—without the costs of full representation. The attorney and litigant enter into a detailed agreement defining what tasks the attorney will be responsible for and what tasks the litigant will be responsible for.
Lawyer referral services
If you don't qualify for free or low-cost legal assistance, bar associations may be able to refer you to an experienced attorney.
See Lawyer Referral Services from Mass. Legal Services to find information for your area.
For additional legal information and sources of assistance, see the Legal Resource Finder. Answer a few questions about your legal issue, income, and location, and get a tailor-made list of sources just for you.
Search for a lawyer by name, location, or specialty
To locate an attorney by name or city, go to Mass. Board of Bar Overseers, and enter your information in the Look Up an Attorney section.