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Lawyer Referral Services

How do I choose a lawyer?

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries has written a useful guide to finding a lawyer in Massachusetts.

What is a a Lawyer Referral Service?

A Lawyer Referral Service connects potential clients with lawyers. You contact the Lawyer Referral Service and give them information about your legal problem. The Lawyer Referral Service will give you contact information for one or more lawyers who might be able to help. Most of the time, you will need to pay if you want to hire the lawyer, although the first meeting is often free or low cost.

What is Limited Assistance Representation (LAR)?

Sometimes you can hire a lawyer for only part of your case. This is called Limited Assistance Representation. Tell the Lawyer Referral Service that you are interested in LAR if you want to find out whether this might be possible for you.

Also, the Probate and Family Court has a list of LAR lawyers, by county.

Lawyer referral services in Massachusetts:

Click on the name of the service for more information, including hours, phone numbers and other contact information.

  • Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

    The Massachusetts Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service is one of the largest legal referral services in the nation. If you are buying/selling a home, starting a business, going through a divorce or need a will, you may need to hire the right attorney to answer your questions and help resolve your legal problems. Note: There is no cost to utilize LRS, but referrals are made to fee charging attorneys.

    The Massachusetts Bar Association offers a monthly Dial-A-Lawyer program, where members of public can call in for free legal advice. This is held on the first Wednesday of each month between the hours of 5:30 and 7:30 pm: 617-338-0610877-686-0711.

    Intake Phone Number: (617) 654-0400; (866) 627-7577
  • Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

    When faced with a legal issue, you need reliable guidance. For over 50 years, the Boston Bar Lawyer Referral Service has been helping people find the right lawyer.

    The Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service also operates the Military Legal Help Line. This line connects veterans, military personnel, and their families with lawyers and other legal resources. 

    Intake Phone Number: 617-742-0625, (800) 552-7046
  • Essex County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

    The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is a service of the Essex County Bar Associationin Salem, Massachusetts, a non-profit organization for attorneys. The ECBA LRS consists of many attorneys in every field of law to assist you with your case.

    Intake Phone Number: (978) 741-7888
  • Fair Employment Project

    Fair Employment Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce violations of employment civil rights. FEP offers information and self-help tools—legal “first aid”—to Massachusetts workers about their rights on the job and the legal process. FEP collaborates with other organizations to provide additional services when possible.

    Intake Phone Number: 617-902-0192
  • Hampden County Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service

    The Hampden County Bar Association sponsors a Lawyer Referral & Information Service that refers members of the public to private attorneys. While our service does not employ attorneys or provide legal advice over the phone, we will provide you with the name of an attorney located within Hampden County who will handle your particular problem.

    Intake Phone Number: (413) 732-4648
  • Hampshire County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

    The Lawyer Referral Service, a public service of the Hampshire County Bar Association, refers individuals to an appropriate attorney or agency for their specific legal or non-legal needs.

    Intake Phone Number: (413) 586-8729
  • Justice Bridge Legal Center, U Mass School of Law, Boston Office

    The Center provides discounted legal services at a scaled hourly rate beginning at $50 per hour for clients falling within 225% to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (approximately $54,675 to $72,900 for a household of 4).  

    All legal representation is provided by recently-licensed attorneys in good standing, who carry professional liability insurance and consult with retired judges and other experienced mentors within the incubator program.

    The Center provides the following services:

    Legal consultation and advice, as well as limited (LAR) and full legal representation, in the following practice areas – family law (including divorce, custody, alimony, child support, modifications), housing (including evictions and breach of warranty law), consumer law, debt collection and re-finance, bankruptcy, probate, wills and trusts, immigration (special immigrant juvenile status/SIJS, unaccompanied minors), employment law, and education law (including special education appeals).

    Intake Phone Number: (617) 860-3414
  • Justice Bridge Legal Center, U Mass School of Law, South Coast Office

    The Center provides discounted legal services at a scaled hourly rate ranging from $50 to $75 per hour for clients falling within 200 to 225% of the Federal Poverty Level (approximately $48,600 in annual income for a family of four).

    All legal representation is provided by recently-licensed attorneys in good standing, who carry professional liability insurance and consult with retired judges and other experienced mentors within the incubator program.

    The Center provides the following services: 

    Legal consultation and advice, as well as limited (LAR) and full legalrepresentation, in the following practice areas – housing (including evictions and breach of warranty law), debt collection and re-finance, bankruptcy, probate, immigration (special immigrant juvenile status/SIJS, unaccompanied minors), family law (including divorce, custody, alimony, child support, modifications), employment law, and education law (including special education appeals).

    Intake Phone Number: (508) 449-9296
  • MIddlesex County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Services

    The MCBA’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is a non-profit program designed to assist members of the public in obtaining appropriate and affordable legal services. The LRS maintains a listing of MCBA member attorneys available to represent new clients in diverse subject areas, including personal injury, criminal, divorce, child custody, probate, adoption, employment, wills and trusts, contracts and real estate.

    Intake Phone Number: (781) 939-2797
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates

    The National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) is a nonprofit association of more than 1,500 attorneys and consumer advocates committed to representing consumers’ interests. Use their online search for a referral to a lawyer specializing in the following areas:

    • bankruptcy
    • car issues
    • consumer class actions
    • credit reporting
    • debt collection
    • mortgages, home improvement, foreclosures
    • student loans
    • small dollar loans like payday loans
    • telemarketing
    • other consumer related issues.

    In some cases, attorneys fees are available.

    Intake Phone Number: see website
  • National Lawyers Guild

    Since the 1930s, the National Lawyers Guild has worked to advance human and civil rights. The NLG is a progressive bar association of lawyers, legal workers and law students dedicated to overcoming political, social and economic injustices. Attorneys cover most areas of law including criminal, civil rights, disability, domestic, and employment.

    Intake Phone Number: (617) 227-7008
  • Norfolk County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

    The Bar Association of Norfolk County, founded in 1797 is said to be the oldest Bar Association in the Commonwealth. As a non-profit agency we have a panel of experienced attorneys to assist you in all legal matters. All attorneys on our Referral Panel are members in good standing with the Bar Association of Norfolk County.

    Intake Phone Number: (617) 471-9693
  • Worcester County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

    The Lawyer Referral Service of the Worcester County Bar Association is a public service program to help you find the right lawyer for your legal issue. We can refer you to an attorney who concentrates their practice in the area of law in which you need assistance. 

    Intake Phone Number: (508) 752-1311

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