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This page lists selected resources for anyone interested in law in Massachusetts or looking for assistance with a legal matter. This list is not meant to be exhaustive and focuses on local resources. To suggest an addition to this page please contact us.

Legal Help

  • Community Legal Aid
    Free legal help in non-criminal cases for low-income people and elders who live in western Massachusetts.

  • Hampshire County Bar Association
    In addition to serving as a professional organization for legal professionals, the Hampshire County Bar also provides a number of services to the community such as the Domestic Relations Program for Children, Hampshire Conciliation Program, Hampshire Elder Law Program, and a Lawyer Referral Service.

  • Mass Legal Services Directory
    A directory of legal services programs in Massachusetts. Many of these programs offer cheap or free services to low-income residents.

  • Massachusetts Office For Victim Assistance (MOVA)
    A state agency devoted to upholding and advancing the rights of crime victims in Massachusetts. MOVA maintains a directory of resources for victims and publishes In the Aftermath of Crime, a guide to victim rights and services in Massachusetts.

Access To Justice

  • ProBono.net
    This site provides resources for pro bono and legal services attorneys and others working to assist low income or disadvantaged clients. It includes many links to resources anyone can use to help themselves or be better informed.
  • Mass Legal Help
    Massachusetts legal aid programs put together this website to help you find practical information about your legal rights.
  • Law Help Interactive
    LawHelp Interactive helps you fill out legal forms. Answer a series of questions and print your legal form.
    The forms are free and have been created by nonprofit legal aid programs and courts. They are for use by legal aid advocates, pro bono lawyers, and people representing themselves.
  • Legal Services Corporation
    LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation. Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans.
  • Self Help Support
    SelfHelpSupport.org supports a growing network of self-help program practitioners with an online clearinghouse of information relating to self-representation. Members include judges, clerks, court staff, legal aid advocates, bar association representatives, law school faculty, researchers, and others who work to increase access to justice. (Not for self-represented litigants.)
  • National Consumer Law Center
    The National Consumer Law Center is a nonprofit advocacy organization that seeks to build economic security and family wealth for low-income and other economically disadvantaged Americans. We promote access to quality financial services and protect family assets from unfair and exploitive transactions that wipe out resources and undermine self-sufficiency.

Research

  • Forbes Library
    Forbes Library has a number of books on legal topics, including the Massachusetts General Laws Annotated, a small legal reference collection, and a large selection of legal self help books (try starting with our legal self help books published by Nolo). Please contact us if you have any questions.
  • MassLegalHelp.org
    Practical information about your legal rights in Massachusetts, including topics related to children and families, consumer law, domestic violence, employment and unemployment, health and mental health, housing, immigration, education, income, CORI, and disability.

  • Hampshire Law Library
    Courthouse
    99 Main Street
    Northampton, MA 01060
    (413) 586-2297
    Fax: (413) 584-0870
    hampshirelawlibrary@gmail.com


  • Law Library catalog
    The MassCat catalog includes the holdings of law libraries in Massachusetts, including the Northampton's Hampshire Law Library and Springfield's Hampden Law Library.

  • Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
    A statewide legal reference service. They provide an "Ask a Law Librarian" feature (for Massachusetts only) as well as access to a number of useful electronic resources, include over 300 self-help law books from Nolo Press.

  • Thomas
    Search this government database to find current information on the legislative business of the United States Congress. Searchable documents include bills, resolutions, congressional records, schedules, calendars, committee information, presidential nominations, and treaties.

  • FindLaw: Learn About the Law
    A resource for up to date online legal information about popular legal topics such as will preparation, divorce and child custody and legal issues such as credit repair.

  • Nolo
    Hundreds of free articles, written in plain English, on everyday legal topics. Nolo keeps its site accurate and up to date, making reliable legal information widely available to the public.

    • Free Legal E-Books from Nolo
      Nolo was the first to publish do-it-yourself legal guides. The latest editions of selected Nolo titles are available free online.

  • Up To Parents
    A site to help divorcing or divorced parents with custody issues, medical/educational decisions about their kids, and more. Recommended by the Hampshire Family Court.

  • Proud To Parent
    A parallel website to the last one, this time for unmarried parents -- also recommended by the Family Court.

  • Family Law Resources from LexisNexis
    Some of the links on this site lead to services with a fee, but there's lots of good free information too, including articles, lawyer search, some forms, and recent research.

  • Federal Trade Commission
    The FTC's mission is "To prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers; to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process; and to accomplish this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity."
  • LLRX Resource Center on Comparative/Foreign Law
    Guides to the Legal system of the U.S. and other countries.

Legislation

Regulations

Case Law

  • PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records)
    s an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator via the Internet. (Frequent users of PACER may which to use the Recap Firefox extension.)

  • MassCases
    A resource from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Trial Court Law Libraries, MassCases.com gives electronic access to cases from Mass. Reports and Mass. Appeals Court Reports. These include cases from the Massachusetts District Court Appellate Division Cases, Massachusetts Land Court Cases, and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court Cases. This site is not as current or as sophisticated as some other resources, but is often easier to use.

  • Massachusetts Office of the Reporter
    The Office of the Reporter of Decisions of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court prepares the opinions of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court. Slip opinions, opinion archive, and unpublished decisions are available for free.

  • Massachusetts Land Court Case Information
    A searchable database of public case information from Massachusetts Land Courts.

Find a Lawyer

  • Hampshire County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
    The Lawyer Referral Service is a public service of the Hampshire County Bar Association which refers individuals to an appropriate attorney or agency for their specific legal or non-legal needs.

  • Nolo's Lawyer Directory
    Nolo's Lawyer Directory provides detailed profiles attorneys. Nolo staff verifies that each lawyer is in good standing. In order to be listed, lawyers must agree to the Nolo Pledge.

  • FindLaw Lawyer Directory
    A detailed directory of lawyers throughout the United States. FindLaw also provides a guide to hiring a lawyer and lets you describe your legal issue and have a lawyer contact you, if you prefer.

Advocacy

  • Mass Legal Services
    "The Online Resource for Massachusetts Poverty Law Advocates". MassLegalServices offers resources about legal issues facing lower income Massachusetts residents to legal services advocates and social services professionals.

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Page last changed: September 13, 2013, at 10:30 AM EST.