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Legal Services and Advocacy

Sources of Legal Information:

MassLegal Services a resource for legal services advocates and social services professionals.

MassLegal Services: Find Legal Aid - a resource for discovering local legal resources you could be eligible for based on location, income, etc.

MassLegalHelp– a resource with simplified legal information for non-lawyers.

Local Resources:

Boston College Legal Services LAB
BCLAB provides free legal assistance to low income individuals with certain types of cases to the residents of Newton, Waltham, and Watertown. Although, they do serve elderly clients from Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston. If case is accepted by BCLAB, meetings between BCLAB and the client can take place at WATCH CDC.

They are located on the law school campus at  885 Centre St, Newton, MA 02459

Phone:  617-552-0248
Fax:      617-552-0593

The office is accessible to people with disabilities. Clients can also request to hold meetings at the WATCH office in Waltham, 24 Crescent Street, Suite 201, Waltham.

Greater Boston Legal Services

GBLS offers free legal assistance in certain cases. In addition to their main office, they also operate a hotline and several other locations around the Boston metro area.

Assistance for:

Emergency housing situations, immigration asylum cases, denial of benefits, domestic violence, unemployment denial, job related issues, and other situations.

For more information click here.

Main Office:

Open Monday-Friday
9:00 am-12:00 pm (They suggest people arrive there at 9:00 am for an appointment)
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA, 02114

Jewish Family and Children’s Service
JF&CS provides a number of services to the community (particularly to families and those with disabilities both physical and mental). They are also able to connect their clients with lawyers and provide emergency financial assistance in certain circumstances. 

Legal Services

Emergency Financial Assistance

1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA, 02451

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The Boston Area:

Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless
The Lawyers Clearinghouse operates free legal clinics at three different shelters: Cardinal Medeiros CenterPine Street Inn, and St. Francis House.

AIDS Action Committee
294 Washington St, 5th Floor
Boston, MA, 02108

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
CLSACC is an organization of volunteer professionals that offers counseling, job coaching resources, and civil legal services.

1 West St.
Cambridge, MA


Advocates, Inc.
Advocates Inc. is a community resource especially for people with disabilities and the elderly.

One Clarks Hill, Suite 305
Framingham, MA, 01702
508- 628-6300

MetroWest Legal Services
63 Fountain Street, Suit 304
Framingham, MA
508-620-1830 or 800-696-1501
Central and Western MA:

Merrimack Valley Legal Services

The office handles the civil cases of low-income and elderly people in their area, free of charge.

35 John Street, Suite 302
Lowell, MA, 01852
MA only: 1-800-336-2262
For Hearing Impaired: 978-452-4740 

Neighborhood Legal Services
Neighborhood Legal Services partners with Merrimack Valley North Shore Legal Services and the Children’s Law Center of MA to provide free legal assistance to residents of Essex County, MA.

181 Union Street, Suite 201
Lynn, MA, 01902

50 Island St, Suite 203
Lawrence, MA 01840

Community Legal Aid
Community Legal Aid provides civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly people in Central MA.

405 Main Street, 4th floor
Worcester, MA, 01608



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