GBLS is currently open by appointment. The best ways to reach us for legal advice or help are below. You can also contact the Eastern Region Legal Intake at 617-603-1700 for help.
For more information on how the pandemic impacted legal cases and what your rights are, please click here.
GBLS helps people regardless of their immigration status in all of our work.
Type of Problem
Child Care: 617-603-1806. For more Child Care information click here.
Children Health Advocacy: 617-603-1804. For more Children Health Advocacy information click here.
Consumer Rights/Debt Collection: 617-603-1671. For more Consumer Rights/Debt Collectioninformation click here.
Criminal Record Sealing, Expungement & CORI: 617-603-1797. For more Criminal Record Sealing, Expungement & CORI information click here.
Education Advocacy: 617-603-1804. For more Education Advocacy information click here.
Elders (60 and older): 617-603-1804. For more Elders information click here.
Eviction: 617-603-1807. For more Eviction information click here
Family Law: 617-603-1803. The Family Law Unit advocates continue to work on existing cases remotely and we are accepting requests for new cases during this time. For more Family Law information click here.
Housing Law: 617-603-1807. For more information including about help with eviction cases and shelter for homeless pregnant women and families with children, click here.
Immigration: 617-603-1808. Call if you have a question concerning Immigration. For Resources for Undocumented Families click here.
MassHealth/Medicaid/Medicare - SSI and Social Security disability benefits: 617-603-1804. For more health benefits information click here.
Nursing Home Advocacy: 617-603-1804. For more Nursing Home Advocacy information click here.
Shelter: 617-603-1807 For more Shelter information click here
Tax returns and federal COVID payments: 617-603-1510 Call if you have a question or concerns.
Employment Law Unit (Workers’ Rights and Unemployment Benefits): 617-603-1810 for help with unemployment benefits denials & employer appeals, wage theft (minimum wage, overtime, unpaid wages), paid family & medical leave, sick leave, or U and T visas for immigrant survivors of labor trafficking and workplace crimes.
Welfare benefits: 617-603-1806. For more Welfare benefits information click here.
- Asian Outreach Center: 617-603-1809 Leave your name, phone number, and a brief summary of what you need help with. We will call you back in Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, or English to set up a phone appointment. For additional Asian Outreach Legal Clinic information click here.
- Cambridge and Somerville Office (CASLS): 617-603-2700 CASLS covers Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Winchester, and Woburn for help with housing, public benefits, EA shelter, and mental health law problems.
For other legal problems call Eastern Region Legal Intake (ERLI) at 617-603-1700
For other resources: GBLS helps people regardless of their documentation status in all of the areas of our legal work. Here are some places for other kinds of help. For other resources click here.
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.
GBLS is open on an appointment-only basis. If you need to speak with an advocate, please call 617-371-1234. You can also contact the Eastern Region Legal Intake at 617-603-1700.
- 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.