PROGRAMS & SERVICES

The HCLC offers a variety of services along the continuum of legal support. Our programs offer brief legal advice, assistance in filling out forms, limited assistance representation in court, conciliation and more. 

If you are looking for more than just brief legal advice and want to hire a lawyer, please consider the Hampden County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service "LRIS" for additional legal services.

APPLY NOW

You can apply online now for our legal clinic programs. Our staff will reach out shortly to share information about our programs or connect you with other legal and law-related resources in your area.  

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District Court

Lawyer for the Day

Volunteer lawyers provide legal advice to self-represented litigants with matters that fall within the general civil jurisdiction of the District Court, including small claims and more.

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Landlord/Tenant

Lawyer for the Day

Volunteer lawyers provide legal advice to landlords and tenants about the preparation of notices to quit, complaints, and responsive pleadings in eviction cases.

Probate & Family

Lawyer for the Day

Volunteer lawyers provide legal advice and may assist with filling out forms on matters such as divorces, child support and custody, guardianships and estate administration. 

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Housing Court

Lawyer for the Day

This program, run in partnership with Community Legal Aid, matches volunteer lawyers with landlord and tenant litigants who have eviction cases on the docket that day in Housing Court.

Conciliation

Court Program

The Conciliation program provides trained neutrals who assist parties in mediating their disputes.

LAR/Pre-Trial

Court Program

The LAR/Pre-Trial program assists self-represented individuals during their in-court pretrial conference.

OTHER LEGAL RESOURCES

If you don't see a resource on our website that seems to address your legal issue, here are some other legal resources in our local community that may be able to assist you. 

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Mass Legal Resource Finder

The Mass Legal Resource Finder's mission is to help Massachusetts residents find legal help and information. You can enter a short description of your legal problem in a search box.  Or, you can pick a legal topic from a list of options.

Court Service Center

The Court Service Center can assist with filling out forms, legal research, accessing Court documents, and offering Court information. The CSC does not offer legal advice. They can also help with access to computers and interpreters.

Community Legal Aid

Community Legal Aid (CLA) aims to improve the lives of low-income and elderly people through legal assistance that protects fundamental rights, secures access to basic needs, and challenges policies and practices that harm our clients.

Mass Legal Answers Online

Mass Legal Answers Online is a website where low income Massachusetts residents can post their civil (non criminal) legal question. Volunteer attorneys will answer the question through the same website.

Committee for Public Counsel Services

CPCS provides representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, mental health, sexually dangerous person and sex offender registry cases, as well as related appeals and post-conviction matters.

Center for Social Justice

Embedded within the Western New England School of Law, The Center for Social Justice works toward advancing social justice through research, advocacy, education, and public engagement.