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To apply for free legal help, scroll down and click on the link that best describes your issue.

If you are helping someone else get legal assistance, please make sure the information provided is about them (not you) and make sure that you have their permission or authority to ask for legal help (for example, you are the parent of a minor applicant, or have a guardianship or power of attorney over the applicant).

 

We do not help with the following legal problems: criminal cases, personal injury, worker’s compensation, real estate sales, probating of wills and estates, CHINS, care and protection cases, and certain other legal issues. If your issue is not under one of the categories above, CLA probably can not assist you.

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Important Information

To be eligible for free legal assistance from CLA, generally you must:

  • Be low income or aged 60 or older;
  • Live in central and western Massachusetts;
  • Have a civil legal issue aligned with our social justice priorities.

Do not apply online if:

  • You know or suspect that CLA may already be representing the other side in your case. Call us on the telephone.
  • You have already applied for help for this problem. Call us on the telephone.
  • You are concerned that the computer you are using may not be secure, and there is a risk that someone else may find out you have contacted legal services for help.  Be aware that not all computers are secure.  If you use a computer shared by others, they may be able to find out that you have applied online for legal help.  Instead, call us on the telephone.