An attorney specializing in elder law can be of immense value to people facing issues directly related to income and assets. A trusted attorney can also be helpful in dealing with issues as varied as estate planning, long term care, competency and guardianship, medical directives, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Some agencies offer reduced cost or "pro bono" services for seniors. Landlord/tenant disputes or consumer complaints can sometimes be resolved through mediation services.
Brookline Legal Assistance Bureau (617-730-2777)
Volunteer local attorneys are available one morning a month at the Brookline Senior Center to offer expertise on matters of law as well as information and referral. There is no charge for this service and no appointment is necessary.
The Council on Aging also has a list of local attorneys who serve elderly clients. For information, please call 617-730-2777.
Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau, Waltham (781-893-4793)
Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, Cambridge (617-661-1010)
Disability Law Center provides legal advocacy and assistance to disabled Massachusetts residents with disability related problems. DLC does not provide assistance with general legal issues such as divorce or estate planning.
Greater Boston Legal Services (617-552 -0623)
Legal Advocacy and Resource Center (800-342- 5297)
Massachusetts Legal Help has a website which provides general information on a variety of legal topics for Massachusetts residents.
Shelter Legal Services Foundation (617-552-0623) provides legal assistance to homeless and low income individuals.
Attorney General's Elder Hotline (888-243-5337) is staffed by senior volunteers who provide information and dispute resolution around a variety of topics including consumer complaints, debt collection practices, health insurance, home improvement and telemarketing.
Community Dispute Settlement Center, Inc. (617-876-5376; ) Professionally trained mediators provide an alternative way to resolve conflicts. Mediators can provide assistance around issues involving family conflicts related to elder care, housing and neighborhood conflicts, workplace conflicts, divorce/separation, and consumer/commercial disputes. Services are confidential and based on an individual's income.
Metropolitan Mediation Services (617-277-8107) provides professional mediation services around family matters, neighborhood disputes, workplace conflicts, health care provider/client conflicts. Referrals for assistance are accepted from individuals, courts and other community agencies.
Newton-Brookline Consumer Office (617-796-1292) provides professional mediation services via telephone to consumers who have a dispute with a Massachusetts business. All services are confidential and free of charge. This office works in cooperation with the Massachusetts Attorney General's office.