Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Unveils Newly Designed MassLegalHelp Website

BOSTON, April 16, 2024 – Today, the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) proudly announced the official relaunch of, one of five websites it manages. offers free, practical legal information and resources to help members of the public learn about their legal rights in Massachusetts and take actionable steps to solve civil legal problems. The refreshed site features a modern, streamlined look that contains over 800 articles, e-books, and videos reviewed by substantive legal experts. is committed to enhancing access to justice for vulnerable people struggling with critical legal issues related to unemployment; housing; public benefits; family law; health care; domestic violence; money and debt; immigration; education; and more.

“Over a million people each year use the MassLegalHelp website, often in moments of crisis. By providing information that folks can trust and presenting it in an understandable format, we hope to help make stressful situations less overwhelming and make the legal system more navigable,” said Marlena Idrobo, MassLegalHelp Website Project Manager at MLRI. “MassLegalHelp is committed to offering accessible legal self-help resources.”

“Most people facing serious civil legal problems are not eligible for a free lawyer. Although Massachusetts’ civil legal programs provide free legal help to tens of thousands of people each year, they don’t have the capacity to help everyone who can’t afford a lawyer,” said Rochelle Hahn, Director, Massachusetts Legal Aid Websites Project. “MassLegalHelp leverages both technology and the substantive expertise of civil legal aid practitioners to fill this justice gap.”

Over the past year, the MassLegalHelp team partnered with more than 60 subject matter experts, including legal aid staff, attorneys, and community partners to update the site’s content. The team incorporated user feedback through multiple rounds of user testing, including one with Spanish speakers. meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), the industry standard for measuring accessibility for people with disabilities, with features like text-to-speech, stark color contrasts, and navigable pages for users of screen readers and keyboards. The team is in the process of translating content into Spanish, the second most common language spoken in Massachusetts. will continue to be regularly updated to ensure the most accessible and accurate information is presented to users.

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The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is a nationally recognized nonprofit poverty law and policy center that provides statewide advocacy and leadership in advancing laws, policies, and practices that secure economic, racial, and social justice for low-income people and communities. In addition, MLRI serves as the poverty law support center for the Massachusetts civil legal aid delivery system and advocacy community. MLRI’s Websites Project uses technology to provide easy-to-understand, free legal resources to people with low incomes in need of legal help.