Legal/Advocacy Resources and Services

Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau
24 Crescent Street, Suite 202
Waltham, MA 02453

Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau (BCLAB) advises and represents clients with a variety of legal problems, including primarily domestic violence prevention, family law, landlord-tenant disputes, and Social Security disability appeals. Our services are free for low income residents of Waltham, Watertown and Newton.

Center for Public Representation

Eastern Massachusetts: 617-965-0776
Western Massachusetts: 413-586-6024

The Center seeks to improve the quality of lives of people with mental illness and other disabilities through the systemic enforcement of their legal rights while promoting improvements in services for citizens with disabilities.

Disability Law Center

800-872-9992 or 617-723-8455

We provide information, referral, technical assistance and representation regarding legal rights and services for people with disabilities.

Massachusetts Bar Association, Dial-A-Lawyer

Free, brief, legal consults are available over the phone on the first Wednesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Massachusetts Bar Association, Veterans Phone Line

617-338- 0572

If you are a veteran, or family member of a veteran who needs to appeal a state or federal benefits decision, the Massachusetts Bar Association can help. Please call to be matched with a volunteer attorney – Free

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

800-342-9092 or 617-338-2345

MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS)
508-620-1830 (Framingham area)
800-696-1501 (Toll-Free)

MWLS provides free civil legal advocacy to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled, and other disenfranchised people. MWLS assists eligible persons in 36 communities in securing access to basic needs and in challenging institutional barriers in order to achieve equal justice for all—advocates represent battered victims in contested family law cases, defend tenants to prevent them from becoming homeless, advocate in schools for children with special needs, help elderly and disabled people in obtaining disability, welfare and medical benefits, and assist people making the transition from welfare to work. The MWLS staff represents approximately 2,200 low-income and elderly clients each year.

One Can Help

617 930-3468

One Can Help was conceived by professionals who work with Boston's MetroWest court-involved “low income/high risk” children. Its mission is to encourage these children and their families to make positive changes in their lives by providing financial help so that these goals can be achieved.

Additional Resources

Free legal resource listings from the US Department of Justice

Disclaimer: Material on the William James INTERFACE Referral Service website is intended as general information. It is not a recommendation for treatment, nor should it be considered medical or mental health advice. The William James INTERFACE Referral Service urges families to discuss all information and questions related to medical or mental health care with a health care professional.