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Volunteer Lawyers Project represents the people of Greater Boston. Our work is possible thanks to our staff and strong team of volunteers. We stand ready to provide you with legal help. To find out if you qualify, read through the information below.

Questions about Covid-19?

Browse our FAQ’s and resources specific to the pandemic at our Coronavirus Support page.

Apply Online for Legal Assistance with appeals

Apply Online for Legal Assistance with All other matters

Call for Legal Assistance

We represent US citizens, green card holders, and certain other immigrants. Specific rules do apply, and our legal help may be limited due to funding requirements. Even if you do not qualify for our services, we do our best to offer referrals. All information shared with VLP is private and confidential, regardless if you are eligible for our assistance.

To find out if you qualify for our services, call:


ERLI (Eastern Region Legal Intake) Helpline.

617- 603-1700 or 1-800-342-LAWS (5297)


Our call center’s hours during the pandemic are:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9AM-12PM
Tuesday & Thursday: 12:30PM-3:30PM


When you call ERLI, you may need to wait to speak to a Legal Advocate. Please be patient as we assist many people. Whatever you tell ERLI is private and confidential. An ERLI staff person will ask you some questions to find out if you qualify for legal services from VLP or another organization. ERLI may be able to give you information or advice about your legal problem. Some callers are scheduled for 30-minute telephone legal advice sessions with experienced pro bono attorneys.

Questions to Get You Started

Volunteer Lawyers Project serves residents in Greater Boston. If you live in one of these towns, we may be able to help:

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.

VLP helps lower income families from the Greater Boston Area.  To find out if you qualify, please call our ERLI helpline at 617.603.1700

We provide legal help, information, or advice in the following areas:


Civil Appeals

If you think the decision made at court was wrong or unfair? We may be able to help you appeal the decision. 


Please call the Eastern Region Legal Intake helpline and ask to be screened for the Civil Appeals Clinic.  Or apply for assistance online here.


Click here for more information about the Civil Appeals Clinic, and for information on how to start an appeal, you can visit the Appeals Court Help Center here.


Consumer / Bankruptcy

  • Being harrassed or sued by debt collectors
  • Debt relief
  • Utilities being shut off
  • Bankruptcy (Chapters 7 & 13)
  • ID Theft
  • Legal issues with taxes


  • Wage theft and hour work violations
  • Unpaid wages
  • Denial of lawful benefits
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Nonpayment of overtime
  • Misclassification of independent contractor

Family Law and Guardianship

  • Guardianship over disabled adult child over 18
  • Family members seeking guardianship of minor children whose parents are unavailable
  • Modifications of child support and child custody
  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Paternity
  • Divorce
  • Court cases for restraining orders in an abusive relationship


  • Tenants and families facing eviction
  • Filing a complaint against a landlord for bad living conditions
  • Low-income landlords with problem tenants
  • Homeownership preservation
  • Post-foreclosure eviction


  • Wills
  • Healthcare proxies
  • Powers of attorney

If we can’t help you, maybe some of these resources can. Below we have provided emergency hotlines, additional legal help, basic legal information that is available to the public, and trusted links.

Emergency Hotlines and Services

Domestic Violence:

Safelink Domestic Violence Hotline


TTY 877-521-2601

Confidential hotline, open 24/7.
Translation services in over 140 languages


Child Abuse & Neglect:

Child-At-Risk Hotline



Abuse & Neglect of
Persons with Disabilities:

Disabled Persons Protection Commission Hotline


TTY 888-822-0350


LGBT+ Crisis Intervention:

The Trevor Project


Confidential hotline or online messaging, available 24/7.


Disaster Assistance:

Massachusetts Emergency
Management Agency (MEMA)

Call 2-1-1 for non-emergency help


For Seniors:
Elder Abuse Hotline

800 Age Info