What is Civil Legal Aid?
Civil legal aid programs provide free legal advice and representation to domestic violence victims, families on the verge of homelessness, elder victims of consumer fraud and others like them, helping bring the scales of justice into balance. While criminal defendants have the right to an attorney, there is no such guarantee in civil cases. To learn more about how civil legal aid ensures equal access to justice in America, visit the U.S. Department of Justice website.
Massachusetts residents with incomes below 125 percent of the federal poverty line can contact a legal aid program that serves their area for advice and assistance in civil cases. To find the program that serves your area and get practical information about your legal rights, please visit MassLegalHelp.org.
If you are a lawyer or advocate who works with low-income Massachusetts residents, visit MassLegalServices.org for legal information on benefits, employment, family law, immigration, CORI, and more.