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Intake for VLP Legal Services
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Domestic Violence Hotline
Help for Seniors
Child Abuse or Neglect
Abuse or Neglect of Persons with Disabilities
Disaster Assistance
Help with Temporary Protected Status

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Start with the Legal Resource Finder

The Legal Resource Finder (LRF) will help you find out if VLP or some other legal aid program might be able to help you with your legal problem. It will also give you links to information that will help you to learn more about your legal issue. The LRF only includes information about civil - not criminal - issues. Click here for the Legal Resource Finder. If you do not want to use the Legal Resource Finder, you can contact the Legal Advocacy Resource Center (LARC). 

Intake for VLP Help is Through the Legal Advocacy Resource Center (LARC)

There are 2 ways to reach LARC for an intake:

  • By Phone: 617- 603-1700 or 1-800-342-LAWS (5297). TTY: 617-371-1226. You may need to wait to speak to a paralegal or lawyer when you call LARC. Please be patient.

  • Online: Click here to start your intake. LARC will call or email you back.

Whatever you tell LARC is private and confidential. A LARC staff person will ask you some questions to find out if you qualify for legal services from VLP or another office. LARC may be able to give you information or advice about your legal problem.

Eligibility for VLP Services

Whether VLP can help you depends on a few things:

  • where you live (the cities and towns VLP serves are listed below),
  • your household's income and assets,

  • the type of legal problem you have, and
  • whether you are a United States citizen or have a green card or other legal immigration status (because of its funding, VLP can only represent US Citizens or legal immigrants).

Your conversation with LARC is private and confidential even if you do not qualify for free legal services. If you do not qualify for VLP's services, LARC may refer you to other legal aid offices or private attorney referral services or they may give you advice or information about your legal problem.

Cities and Towns VLP Serves

Acton, Arlington, Ashland, Bedford, Bellingham, Belmont, Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Carlisle, Chelsea, Cohasset, Concord, Dedham. Dover, Everett, Foxborough, Framingham, Franklin, Hingham, Holbrook, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Hull, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medford, Medway, Melrose, Millis, Milton, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norfolk, Norwell, Norwood, Plainville, Quincy, Randolph, Revere, Scituate, Sharon, Sherborn, Somerville, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, Winchester, Winthrop, Woburn, Wollaston, Wrentham.

Types of Cases VLP Handles

  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Homeownership
  • Foreclosure Prevention
  • Family Law
  • Guardianship
  • Probate (Wills & Estates)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Consumer Debt
  • Assistance to Non-Profit Organizations

VLP does not handle criminal cases or represent prisoners on any matter whether related to their incarceration or not. If you do not have a kind of case that VLP handles, LARC can give you information or advice, and may be able to refer you to an agency that handles that kind of case.

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Safelink Domestic Violence Hotline

Call SafeLink at 1-877-785-2020. Callers to SafeLink receive confidential "help at the end of the line" 24 hours a day, every day of the year. SafeLink's specially trained advocates provide support in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and have access to TTY (877-521-2601) and translation services through on-call specialists at the ATT Language Line. That resource can provide simultaneous interpretation in over 140 languages, giving SafeLink the capacity to respond to most callers in their native language. See Safelink website for more information.

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Help for Seniors

Elder Abuse Hotline, 1-800-922-2275 (V/TDD). Click here for more information.

Massachusetts Senior Legal Help Line, 1-866-778-0939. Click here for details. The Helpline provides FREE legal information, advice and referral services for Massachusetts senior citizens (60 years or older) in most areas of civil law.

800AgeInfo, 1-800-243-4636. Find out about services for Massachusetts elders and their families. Click here for more information.

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Child Abuse or Neglect

Child-At-Risk Hotline, 1-800-792-5200. Click here for more information.

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Abuse or Neglect of Persons with Disabilities

Disabled Persons Protection Commission Hotline, 800-426-9009 or 888-822-0350 TTY. Click here for more information.

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Disaster Assistance

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), call 2-1-1 for non-emergency help. Click here for more information.

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Help With Temporary Protected Status

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) has information. Please see MIRA's website for details.

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You can also get basic legal information from the Ask a Law Librarian! service of the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Library. Click here to find out how to reach a law librarian by phone, text, email, IM, live chat, or in person.

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