What We Do

What We Do

Quality Representation for Those in Need

For more than 40 years The Volunteer Lawyers Project has been dedicated to serving the families and individuals in the Greater Boston Area from lower income households and people 60 years and older. We represent US citizens, green card holders, and certain legal immigrants.

We strive to give equal access to justice, representing and assisting clients in civil law cases as outlined below. Even if a client does not qualify for our services, we do our utmost to provide referrals to those that may help. Please understand that representation may be restricted due to the scope of our funding. We do not handle personal injury cases, criminal cases, or represent prisoners on any legal matters.

Powered by Volunteers

As a volunteer-based organization, we rely on volunteers and their generously donated time. We understand that some volunteers have limited time to give, while others may choose to be an ongoing part of our team. We welcome all help and have flexible opportunities to accommodate a variety of schedules. All levels of legal experience are needed — and greatly appreciated.  To learn more today visit Get Involved.

Volunteer Lawyers Project Services

Our services have been established by clearly identifying unmet legal needs in the community. We provide a range of crucial civil legal assistance; from information and advice, to referrals and court clinics, to full representation in trials and appeals.

Consumer / Bankruptcy

  • Being harassed or sued by debt collectors
  • Debt relief
  • Utilities advocacy
  • Bankruptcy (Ch. 7 & 13)

Employment

  • Wage theft and minimum wage violations
  • Recovery of unpaid wages
  • Denial of lawful benefits
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Nonpayment of overtime premium
  • Misclassification of independent contractor status

Family Law and Guardianship

  • Guardianship of incapacitated adult
  • Family members seeking guardianship of child whose parents are unavailable and/or unfit
  • Changes to existing court orders in child support or child custody
  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Paternity
  • Divorce
  • Restraining orders in an abusive relationship

Probate

  • Wills
  • Health care proxies
  • Powers of attorney

Housing

  • Renters facing eviction
  • Filing court documents against landlord for bad living conditions
  • Low-income landlords with problem tenants
  • Homeownership preservation
  • Post-foreclosure eviction

Civic Appeals