Community Legal Aid (CLA) and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) are pleased to announce the launch of a new website to help elders and low- income persons locate legal assistance and information for a wide spectrum of civil legal problems. This tool – named the Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder (LRF) – can be accessed at www.MassLRF.org. Its development was funded by a Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) from the Legal Services Corporation.
“Massachusetts has a wide range of programs to help low-income people with legal needs, including LSC and state- funded legal services programs, other nonprofits that provide legal assistance, court based programs, attorney referral services and web based self-help materials,” said Gordon Shaw, Director of Client Access at Community Legal Aid. “Until now, there has not been a centralized way to direct people to these resources.”
On the LRF homepage, the user answers a few screening-type questions and then hits search. The results page will then show whether there is a match to a legal aid program (and then give them information on how to apply). The results page will also return links to alternative resources (such as court based programs, government programs, bar association lawyer referrals) as well as links to relevant legal education pages on www.MassLegalHelp.org and other trusted websites (such as the Massachusetts Trial Court, Social Security Administration, Mass.gov, MassLegalServices.org).
“People need civil legal aid to resolve many critical problems, including housing stability, child custody conflicts, denial of unemployment insurance or healthcare coverage, and domestic violence,” said Rochelle Hahn, Director of MassLegalServices.org. “The LRF not only connects people with legal aid and other programs that can help – it also provides people with self-help materials to better understand their legal situations and to guide them when legal assistance is not available due to limited resources.”
Go to www.MassLRF.org to try the Legal Resource Finder now!