Can GBLS Help Me?

GBLS provides free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income people in Boston and thirty-one additional cities and towns (See a list of towns in GBLS's service area.) The help we offer ranges from legal advice to full case representation, depending on client need.

Learn who to call and where to get help anywhere in Massachusetts

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) can help you if:

  1. Your legal issue is a civil, non-criminal issue.
  2. You live within our service area, which includes the City of Boston and 31 neighboring cities and towns. (See a list of towns in the GBLS service area.)
  3. Your income falls within the guidelines in the table below. (Find out if you are income eligible.)
  4. GBLS also serves elders (age 60 and up) in the following towns: Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Burlington, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, North Reading, Reading, Stow and Wilmington.

You can become a client in a number of ways:

  1. Call the Main Office during regular hours: Monday-Friday, 9AM  5:00PM.
  2. Come to the Main office during walk-in hours: 9 am - 12 pm. In emergency cases, an attorney can see you the same day. Otherwise, you will be given an appointment with an attorney for another day.
  3. Attend a legal clinic at our main office or at a neighborhood community center. See a list of locations here.
  4. If you are disabled and require an accommodation to access our services, please call us at 617-371-1234, 800-323-3205 (toll-free) or 617-371-1229 (TDD).

All services are free to eligible clients. Call our office for more information about other services and programs including legal clinics and referrals to lawyers who will not charge a fee.

Service Area

Acton* Harvard* Randolph
Arlington Hingham Reading*
Bedford* Holbrook Revere
Belmont Hull Scituate
Boston Lexington* Somerville
Boxborough* Lincoln* Stoneham
Braintree Littleton* Stow*
Brookline Malden Wakefield
Burlington* Maynard* Waltham
Cambridge Medford Watertown
Canton Melrose Weymouth
Carlisle* Milton Wilmington*
Chelsea Newton Winchester
Cohasset North Reading* Winthrop
Concord* Norwell Woburn
Everett Quincy  

*Services for Elders (over 60 years of age) only.


GBLS Income Eligibility Guidelines - 2017

Elder recipients are not subject to the income guidelines. Medicare beneficiaries are not subject to GBLS income guidelines when seeking assistance with Medicare issues.

Family Size Weekly Income Monthly Income Yearly Income
1 290 1,256 15,075
2 390 1,692 20,300
3 491 2,127 25,525
4 591 2,563 30,750
5 692 2,998 35,975
6 792 3,433 41,200
7 893 3,869 46,425
8 993 4,304 51,650
(Add $5,225/yr; $435/month, $100/week for each additional family member)