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GBLS offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19. Staff is working remotely providing critical services to clients. If you are a current client, please contact your advocate directly. If you are seeking services for the first time, please contact the Eastern Region Legal Intake at 617-603-1700. For more information on how COVID-19 is impacting legal cases and what your rights are, please click here.

If you have questions about a pending Consumer IssueSmall Claims case, you may contact GBLS for intake/assistance at 617-603-1671 

Unemployment Benefits and Wage Theft: GBLS is currently accepting limited numbers of new intakes for unemployment benefits or wage theft cases. To request assistance, please contact the Eastern Region Legal Intake (ERLI) at (617) 603-1700 or (800) 342-LAWS (5297). ERLI is open Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 9:00 a.m. - noon & Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Call (617) 603-1797 or email for criminal record sealing help 

If you have a question concerning Immigration please call our Immigration Unit at 617-603-1808

Cambridge and Somerville Office617-603-2700

GBLS is here to help you access important services and benefits that protect you and your loved ones.

We can answer your questions and help you understand your rights. If we determine that you need an attorney and that we can take your case, we will provide you with high-quality representation every step of the way.

Do You Qualify?

GBLS serves low income families and individuals (earning up to 125% of the poverty level, $33,125 for a family of 4 in 2021, or up to 200% in limited circumstances) in the 47 towns and cities in Greater Boston listed below. Certain services may be available without income limits or less strict limits for elders, victims of crimes and their survivors, persons with disabilities, and in limited assistance clinics. In addition to our regular service area below, Middlesex and Essex county residents seeking assistance with Medicare are also eligible without income restrictions. Applicants for services under the Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime (CLAVC) grant are not required to be income eligible.

What We Do

GBLS attorneys and paralegals can assist with many civil (non-criminal) legal problems. An attorney or paralegal may give you advice, assist you in completing forms in a clinic, or represent you in court.


Contact GBLS

*Note: As of 3/13/20, in the interest of public health, as well as the well-being of our staff and clients, GBLS is operating on a restricted basis. Please note that only staff and volunteers will be allowed entry to our offices. If you need to speak with an advocate, please call 617-371-1234 or your respective contact. GBLS staff will be participating in meetings and appointments virtually. Many of our colleagues will be working remotely, please be patient. We are encouraging the Courts to put public health concerns first, and are actively working with service providers to address community needs.

  • Hours: 9-5, M-F excluding state and federal holidays at both our main office and Cambridge office.
  • We will accommodate your disability and language access needs.

If We Can't Help You

If we are unable to help you, you may qualify for help from a different legal services agency or benefit from self-help materials.