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How can I get legal assistance/find a lawyer?

Reference Librarians do not practice law and, therefore, are not permitted to:

  • conduct legal research for patrons,
  • provide legal advice or opinions,
  • read a legal authority over the phone, even if provided with a citation.

If you require legal assistance, please contact your local Bar Association for referrals to attorneys; or visit the American Bar Association information site.

In Massachusetts, referral sources include:

For information about legal services for people with low incomes, contact:

Please consult this guide for information about Boston-area law libraries and legal resources.

Last modified: January 26, 2011

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