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Veterans Legal Services provides free legal assistance to military veterans throughout Massachusetts, helping them live happier and healthier lives. Eligibility requirements include: 

1) You served in the United States military, National Guard, or Reserves (any discharge status),
 

2) You currently reside in Massachusetts,

3) Your household income is less than 300% of the federal poverty level (see chart below),

4) Your legal case must be based in Massachusetts, and

5) VLS must have topical expertise in your case subject matter.
 

VLS does not provide services on criminal defense matters, Department of Children & Families cases, personal injury cases, or medical malpractice cases.

Legal Assistance for Veterans
Or contact VLS by phone (857-317-4474) or email (info@veteranslegalservices.org)

  • Bankruptcy
     

  • Child Custody
     

  • Child Support
     

  • CORI Issues/Sealing Criminal Records
     

  • Consumer Debt
     

  • Discharge Upgrades
     

  • Divorce
     

  • Domestic Violence Protections
     

  • Housing (e.g.: Evictions, Conditions Issues)


 
 

  • Immigration
     

  • Access to Public Benefits (e.g.: SNAP, MassHealth)
     

  • Subsidized Housing Eligibility
     

  • Social Security
     

  • State and Federal Veterans Benefits
     

  • Other Non-Criminal Legal Issues

AVAILABLE LEGAL SERVICES 

Veterans Legal Services is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is not part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or any other government agency. 

LEGAL CLINICS

VLS conducts in-person legal clinics at partner sites in Massachusetts.

Remote services are also available by phone, however there is currently a waiting list for remote services. For the fastest service, please see the below list of legal clinics and follow the instructions for the clinic that is most convenient for you. 

 

Questions? Please contact us at (857) 317-4474, info@veteranslegalservices.org, or by filling out an eligibility screening form. All information provided to VLS is confidential. 

Bedford VA Hospital

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, in Bedford, Mass.​

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford VA Medical Center)

200 Springs Road, Building 80
Bedford, MA 01730
(781) 687-2000

 

Please call the Bedford VA at (781) 687-2575 to schedule or cancel an appointment with VLS representatives for civil legal services. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

This program is made possible in part by funding from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which is dedicated to ensuring that our nation’s veterans, service members and their families — those who stood for us — have stable and successful futures.


 

Boston VA Healthcare System
(Brockton VA Medical Center Campus)

940 Belmont Street, Building 7
Brockton, MA 02301
(508) 583-4500

Please contact your VA social worker or other VA personnel to receive a referral to VLS for civil legal assistance. 

This program is made possible in part by funding from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which is dedicated to ensuring that our nation’s veterans, service members and their families — those who stood for us — have stable and successful futures. 

New England Center and Home for Veterans

17 Court Street (Government Center)
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 371-1800

Please contact a New England Center and Home for Veterans representative at (617) 371-1800 to inquire about eligibility for services and a potential referral to VLS for civil legal aid related to housing stability issues under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

Volunteers of America Massachusetts

1419 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 770-9690


Please contact a Volunteers of America Massachusetts representative at (617) 770-9690 to inquire about eligibility for services and a potential referral to VLS for civil legal aid related to housing stability issues under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

Chelsea Soldiers’ Home

91 Crest Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150
(617) 884-5660


This community partner site is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please check this page at a later date for any reopening updates.

Norfolk County Veterans Treatment Court

631 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026

(781) 329-4777 x412

Please note that VLS provides civil (non-criminal) legal
support to veterans participating in the Veterans Treatment Court. 

Learn more about Veterans Treatment Courts at this link

Veterans Northeast Outreach Center

10 Reed Street
Haverhill, MA 01832

(978) 372-3626

Please contact a Veterans Northeast Outreach Center representative at (978) 372-3626 to inquire about eligibility for services and a potential referral to VLS for civil legal assistance under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

Legal Aid for Veterans

VLS's help made my depression get better and made my life a lot better.

— James, Air Force veteran

They have given me hope for myself, my children, and our future together.

— David, Navy veteran

2023 INCOME LIMITS FOR FREE HELP FROM VLS

Federal Poverty Levels (FPL) are set annually by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. VLS serves veterans with a gross household income (before taxes, from all household members) up to 300% of the FPL. 

HOUSEHOLD SIZE
2023 FPL
300% OF FPL
1
$14,580/year
$43,730/year
2
$19,720/year
$59,160/year
3
$24,860/year
$74,580/year
4
$30,000/year
$90,000/year
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