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Metrowest Legal Services

63 Fountain Street, Suite 304, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 620-1830 / 1-800-696-1501
Website: http://www.mwlegal.org/
Free legal services to low-income clients from 36 area towns. They handle housing evictions, domestic violence, and government benefit appeals, and they represent children with special needs. They do not handle criminal cases or lawsuits. Portuguese and Spanish translators.


Metrowest Mediation Services

600 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 872-9495
Website: http://www.metrowestmediationservices.org/
Impartial assistance in resolving serious disputes arising out of personal, family, social, and business relationships. Separation and divorce mediation also available.


Mass Legal Help

MassLegalHelp.org is one of three statewide websites that make up the Massachusetts Legal Websites Project. The project is a collaborative effort of the civil legal aid community of Massachusetts. We are funded by Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation.

Other websites included in this project are:

  • MassLegalServices.org offers resources about legal issues facing lower-income Massachusetts residents to advocates and social service professionals; and
  • support to other legal services programs across the state with their websites.

The mission of MassLegalHelp.org is to improve access to justice for low income and disadvantaged persons through innovative use of the Web.  We are working to  connect, support, and educate advocates and the general public. The content of the website is written by people within the legal services community.

 

http://www.masslegalhelp.org/


BAR None

 

Dismas House
Post Office Box 30125
Worcester, MA 01603

cmdismashouse@aol.com

(508)799-9389

 

Services: The BAR None program offers legal assistance to citizens with criminal records by addressing civil matters that hinder successful reintegration into the local community. Legal assistance is provided free of charge.

This program addresses this need by assisting clients directly with representation, either by the advocate, or by matching clients with volunteer attorneys to handle issues most commonly encountered by recently re-entered individuals.  Referrals to the program are made by local re-entry service providers in partnership with Dismas House to ensure on-site legal support.  All assistance is provided free of charge.

BAR None director and attorneys (10-15 mentors and attorneys) will assist with the following legal issues:

  • Suspended driver’s license
  • Credit issues
  • Child support issues
  • Child custody/visitation issues
  • Disability
  • Sealing of criminal record

 

BAR None will provide:

  • Community outreach for referrals from the network of shelters, housing providers and correctional agencies.
  • Recruitment and management of volunteer attorneys to represent former offenders
  • Project management team under the direction of the Dismas Staff Attorney and co-executive director to ensure goals are met and progress is tracked.
  • Project coordination under Dismas Staff Attorney to manage  client referrals and intakes for representation on either brief or full case representation
  • Management of a pool of pro-bono attorneys dedicated to resolving unmet needs for this population and matching clients to pro bono attorneys
  • Provide malpractice insurance at no cost to volunteer attorneys
  • Refer only cases that have been screened for eligibility and legal merit
  • Refer cases to attorneys based on their expressed areas of interest
  • Take volunteers’ schedules and other time commitments into account
  • Supply backup support, case materials, access to interpreters/translators, and other service providers.
  • Provide administrative assistance such as photo copying to attorneys.
  • Assist attorneys with the Limited Assistance Representation process.

 


Community Legal Aid

405 Main Street, 4th Floor
Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 752-3718

 

Services:

Offers legal advice and representation to clients with domestic violence, divorces, child custody, mental health and disability issues, denied benefits, welfare and public benefits as well as housing discrimination.   

 


Legal Groups

Community Legal Aid
405 Main Street, 4th Floor, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 752-3718
Services: Offers legal advice and representation to clients with domestic violence, divorces, child custody, mental health and disability issues, denied benefits, welfare and public benefits as well as housing discrimination.
Fitchburg Satellite office (by appointment)
76 Summer Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
General Inquiry: (508) 752-3718

Basic Advocacy for Reentry (BAR None)
30 Richards Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 799-9389
Services: Education, advisement or direct representation for issues such as suspended drivers licenses, credit issues, child support issues, housing, child custody and visitation, disability claims and sealing of criminal record.

Mass Legal Help
Website: http://www.masslegalhelp.org
Services: Provides legal information regarding housing law, SSI and disability family law and domestic violence.

MetroWest Legal Services
63 Fountain Street, Suite 304, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 620-1830/ 1-800-696-1501
Website: http://www.mwlegal.org/

MetroWest Mediation Services
94 Lincoln Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 872-9495
Website: http://www.metrowestmediationservices.org/


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