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Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, with assistance from legal services offices in Massachusetts
Reviewed January 2022

Try to get a lawyer as soon as you can. Use the Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder: MassLRF.org

You may be able to get free legal help from your local legal aid program. If you cannot get a lawyer from your local legal aid program, call your local bar association and ask for their lawyer referral program. Find your local bar association online. If you don’t have a computer, go to your local library to access to a computer.

A lawyer can:

  • Give you advice that fits your situation.
  • Fill out and file court papers for you.
  • Represent you and go to court with you.
  • Speak with the judge and your landlord or your landlord's lawyer.

Some Housing Courts have Lawyer for the Day Programs. The Lawyer for the Day can give you some advice and brief help. If you are already in court, ask the court staff or the judge how to find the Lawyer for the Day in their court.

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You may be able to get free legal help from your local legal aid program. Or email a question about your own legal problem to a lawyer.

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