Find an Attorney
The following groups help people find lawyers. The cost of legal services may vary depending on the provider and your income. Some services may cost less than others, and some may be free.
The programs include:
- Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (“LRS”)
- Essex County Bar Association LRS
- Fair Employment Project
- Franklin County Bar Association LRS
- Hampden County Bar Association LRS
- Hampshire County Bar Association LRS
- Massachusetts Bar Association LRS
- Middlesex County Bar Association LRS
- National Association of Consumer Advocates
- Norfolk County Bar Association LRS
- Worcester County Bar Association LRS
You can get an updated list of bar associations that help people find lawyers at Mass. Legal Resource Finder
Also, you may be able to find low-cost legal representation from these organizations:
- Justice Bridge, U Mass School of Law (with Boston and South Coast offices)
- Lawyers for Affordable Justice
Limited Assistance Representation
You can hire an attorney for a specific part of your case, without paying the attorney for the whole case, if the attorney agrees. This is called “limited assistance representation” or “LAR.” This option may allow you to afford a lawyer for an important part of your case without committing to pay the lawyer over a long period of time. When you speak to lawyers about the possibility of representing you, you can ask if they are willing to represent you on a limited basis through LAR.
To read more about this option, visit Limited Assistance Representation for the Public
Court Service Centers
Staff at these Centers can give you legal information but not legal advice. In other words, staff can tell you how the court works and what legal options you may have, in a general way, but they cannot help you decide what to do or predict what will happen in your particular case. Court staff do not represent you or any other person or entity in a case, and so they are not limited to giving information only to one party; they can give information to any party in a case.
Court Service Centers generally do not assist with Superior Court matters. However, staff may be able to provide legal resources, web materials and information relating to these matters. Please visit us at Court Service Centers for more information on our services and how to connect with us.
There are 15 law libraries located across Massachusetts that are open to the public. You can receive legal reference assistance, borrow books, and use print and electronic resources. Many services are available online, as well as in person. Law librarians are available to help with legal research and to provide legal information, but cannot provide legal advice. For more information on services and locations, please visit: Trial Court Law Libraries.
For more details on how to represent yourself if you are unable to find a lawyer or choose to represent yourself, please visit: Representing Yourself in a Civil Case.
|Date published:||November 15, 2021|