Finding legal help

State agencies cannot act as your personal lawyer or give you legal advice. Contact the organizations below to find a lawyer in your area or to see if you qualify for free legal services for low-income individuals.

Statewide

Private lawyer referral services

Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(617) 654-0400
Toll-free: (866) MASS-LRS ((866) 627-7577)
TTY: (617) 338-0585

National Lawyers' Guild, Massachusetts Chapter, Lawyer Referral Service
(617) 227-7008

Free legal representation for low-income individuals

Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime (CLAVC)

Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder

Free small claims court advice

Harvard University Small Claims Advisory Service (student program)
(617) 497-5690

Boston area

Private lawyer referral services

Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(617) 742-0625
Toll-free: (800) 552-7046

Middlesex County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(781) 939-2797

Free legal representation for low-income individuals

Greater Boston Legal Services
(617) 371-1234
Toll-free: (800) 323-3205
TTY: (617) 371-1228

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (law student program with attorney supervision)
(617) 495-4408

Harvard Mediation Program
(617) 495-1854

Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School (law student program with attorney supervision)
(617) 522-3003
TTY: (617) 522-3575

Volunteer Lawyers Project
(617) 423-0648
TTY: (617) 338-6790

Metrowest area

Free legal representation for low-income individuals

MetroWest Legal Services
(508) 620-1830
Toll-free: (800) 696-1501

Northeastern Massachusetts

Private lawyer referral services

Essex County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(978) 741-7888
Toll-free: (800) 228-2574

Free legal representation for low-income individuals

Northeast Legal Aid
(978) 458-1465
Toll-free: (800) 336-2262

Southeastern Massachusetts

Private lawyer referral services

Barnstable County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(508) 362-2121

Bristol County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(508) 990-1322
Toll-free: (800) 647-5151

Norfolk County Bar Association Legal Referral Service
(617) 471-9693

Plymouth County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(508) 584-6600

Free legal representation for low-income individuals

South Coastal Counties Legal Services
Brockton: (508) 586-2110
Fall River: (508) 676-6265
Hyannis: (508) 775-7020
 

Central Massachusetts

Private lawyer referral services

Worcester County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(508) 752-1311
Toll-free: (800) 622-9700

Free legal representation for low-income individuals

Community Legal Aid
(855) 255-5342
Toll-free: (800) 649-3718
TTY: (508) 755-3260

Western Massachusetts

Private lawyer referral services

Berkshire Bar Association
(413) 442-5999

Franklin County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(413) 773-9839

Hampden County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(413) 732-4648

Hampshire County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(413) 586-8729

Free legal representation for low-income individuals

Community Legal Aid
Hampden County: (413) 781-7814 / Toll Free: (855) 252-5342
Hampshire County and Franklin County: (413) 584-4034 / Toll Free: (855) 252-5342
Berkshire County: (413) 499-1950 / Toll Free: (855) 252-5342

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