There are several non-profit law firms that provide a broad range of free legal services to low and moderate income people in Massachusetts. The programs will help solve the problems that low to moderate income families and elderly individuals may be facing.
Some of the types of cases the attorneys will help with include domestic violence, foreclosure prevention, and lawyers will assist clients from becoming homeless. There is also advice provided to disabled people in obtaining disability, evictions advice, help in applying for welfare, and support for children with special needs.
Depending on the firm, attorneys are available to tackle other issues too. There is assistance to address legal programs for the elderly, help with access to medical benefits, and advice for people making the transition from welfare to work. Attorneys assist with landlord / tenant issues in Massachusetts and there is also help for addressing those cases of people who were denied unemployment compensation.
Below you will find more details on the programs and various pro-bono resources offered, as well as the contact information for your local law firm.
Some of the cases handled by lawyers for free will include eviction prevention as well as other housing needs. Massachusetts firms solve issues around unsafe or unsanitary apartment conditions, foreclosure prevention, termination of housing subsidies, unlawful rent increases, and help renters with discrimination claims and other unlawful landlord practices.
Some of the organizations have also worked with the Massachusetts state bar to create a special foreclosure panel of attorneys that are willing to take on foreclosure cases on a pro bono basis that are screened through their hotline. Also learn about the Pro Bono Foreclosure Assistance Hotline.
Families and individuals who are dealing with federal or state government programs, and the complicated benefits structures these organizations have in place, can receive assistance. Some of the cases that lawyers can provide free advice and representation on include denials of a benefit program, termination’s or reductions in TAFDC, EAEDC, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Veteran’s Services, Social Securiy (SSI), Emergency Assistance and Unemployment Compensation claims. Lawyers help residents apply and ensure they get the government aid they are entitled too.
Victims of domestic violence, individuals who are filing or who are in the process of divorce, and child custody cases can all receive legal support. Panels of private family law attorneys donate their time and legal services on a pro bono basis. Many of those assisted are women and children in Massachusetts.
Another program that is offered by some firms is known as Divorce Express. This program was designed to help reduce the backlog of uncomplicated family law cases waiting referral for divorces. Numerous pro bono attorneys around Massachusetts will attend court on an assigned day to help participants in the divorce process and also address pleadings required in probate and family court systems.
Law firms provide a host of services and advice for consumer issues. They can provide representation in bankruptcy cases, offer free simple wills and Other Advance Directives, and offer assistance in stopping debt collectors. Depending on the part of the state, there is also legal help in dealing with predatory and payday lending help, and other consumer issues that are facing people across Massachusetts.
Attorneys will provide specialized services to physically and mentally disabled people with SSI and/or Social Security Disability claims. A common requests is assistance on applying for cash assistance programs from the Social Security Administration. Lawyers can deal with discrimination cases, and help the disabled ensure they are treated fairly and equally.
The non-profit law firms across Massachusetts will provide free legal assistance to people 60 years old or older with any civil issues they may be facing, including any of those above-mentioned problems. In addition, seniors can get services to help them with problems concern nursing homes, retirement funds, pensions, physical abuse, Medicare, foreclosures, or government assistance programs.
Cases that individuals can get aid with include special education, school discipline, financial aid, and quality of education. Everything Massachusetts resident is entitled to education from a public school. Attorneys will ensure this is given to them.
Merrimack Valley Legal Services (MVLS) - This non-profit organization administers a legal aid program which provides free representation and advice in civil legal cases. The clients of the firm are moderate and low-income and elderly residents of parts of Essex and Middlesex counties. The free legal services they offer cover the areas of Lowell, Haverhill, Essex County, Lawrence, and other parts of the counties. Contact them at (978)458-1465.
New Center for Legal Advocacy - Attorneys from this law firm help people in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, and Plymouth Counties. They have an office that is located in downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts, with a satellite office located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The phone number is 1-800-244-9023.
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (617-423-0648) - Lawyers offer pro-bono services, representation and advice to families and individuals who live in Boston Massachusetts. Call them for more information on their programs.
Massachusetts Justice Project (MJP) - This law firms provides assistance to people who live in the central and western Massachusetts counties of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire & Worcester. They can be reached at 508-831-9888 for more information on the legal programs they administer.
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