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Massachusetts Legal Needs Survey Policy Implications

Legal Needs Study Advisory Committee

...The 2002 Massachusetts Legal Needs Survey indicates major increases in legal
needs for problems exacerbated by economic growth such as housing, health and
public benefits. More than half of low-income residents (53 percent) reported
experiencing an unmet legal need during the previous 12-month period, with many
people saying they don’t think anyone can help, they don’t know where to go for
assistance or they are afraid to seek help....

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