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Dial-A-Lawyer offers free legal advice each month

To use Dial-A-Lawyer, call (617) 338-0610 on the first Wednesday of the month between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Since March of 1991, the MBA has sponsored a monthly Dial-A-Lawyer program that encourages members of the public to call with their legal problems and questions. This program was created in order to assist the people of Massachusetts that have fallen through the cracks of the legal and criminal justice system.

The program is also offered twice a year for the general public in Western Mass.

The mission of the program is to assist anyone and everyone, but particularly those who are not eligible for free legal services or cannot afford to hire a lawyer.

Attorneys: Interested in volunteering? Click here.

Dial-A-Lawyer frequently asked questions...

How does the program work?

On the first Wednesday of each month, attorneys volunteer at the MBA's Boston headquarters by providing free, basic legal information by phone to callers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Questions cover a wide range of legal topics. Additionally, twice a year the program is offered specifically to the general public in Western Massachusetts.

The phones tend to be extremely busy during that two hour time period so please keep trying to get through. To use Dial-A-Lawyer, call (617) 338-0610 or toll-free (877) 686-0711.

What does the Dial-A-Lawyer program cost?

It's free. The program is offered as a public service by the members of the Massachusetts Bar Association. There is no limit to the number of calls a person can make, or how many times you call during the year. If you have a legal question, just give us a call.

What kind of attorneys volunteer for this service?

The Dial-A-Lawyer attorneys are members of the MBA, are in good standing and have a wide variety of legal experience.

What type of cases are handled at this program?

The attorneys handle many types of cases. There are many different types legal issues with which Dial-a-Lawyer attorneys can provide assistance. For example, attorneys are able to answer questions regarding family law, bankruptcy, real estate, labor and consumer rights.

What additional legal service is provided?

In Western Mass, the MBA also co-sponsors the annual Dial-A-Lawyer program with The Republican newspaper and the Western New England College School of Law in Springfield. Every fall and spring, attorneys provide free legal advice over the phone during the one-day event. The phone number, date and time of these events are published in the local newspaper several days prior to the event.

For more information about volunteering for Dial-A-Lawyer, contact the Boston Office at (617) 338-0556 or the Springfield Office at (413) 731-5134.

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