For the Warrior CommunityVeterans' Resource Guide, "one central location where you can find information about resources available to veterans, military service members, and their families." It's over 100 pages of helpful legal and other information focused on one topic:
"If you are a veteran or are currently serving in the United States Military, including the National Guard or Reserves, there are laws designed to protect you against discrimination in employment, help you avoid credit or foreclosure problems, and maximize your healthcare, disability, and education benefits."Get it here.
Active DutyActive duty service members may wish to go first to Armed Forces Legal Assistance's online database to "locate active duty legal activities offering general legal services within the continental United States". Here is a list of AFLA offices in Massachusetts.
- State-sponsored Veterans Service Benefits (hosted by MassLegalHelp)
- Statewide Advocacy for Veterans' Empowerment (SAVE): advocates for veterans who for what-ever reason are not able to obtain the benefits they have earned
- Veterans' Resource Guide: from Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
- Veterans Service Agents
General-Purpose ResourcesServicemembers, veterans and their families are of course eligible to use the same resources as anyone else.
- MassLegalHelp is a good, general-purpose place to start looking for law help in Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Legal Services has a handy, map-based system for locating a nearby legal aid provider
- Massachusetts Bar Association hosts a lawyer referral service and a monthly Dial-A-Lawyer program
Private Practice AttorneysTypically, a lawyer in private practice will listen to your situation for 15 or 20 minutes, then give you an idea about how to proceed, in general terms, without charging you anything. If the matter is something the lawyer can help you with, but must charge for, sometimes you can work out a military-family discount, especially if you are organized and easy to work with. The Findlaw website has a city-by-city list of lawyers interested in representing active-duty military personnel, military reservists, and veterans here.
- The Massachusetts Bar Association does not appear to have a section or committee focussed on legal assistance to military personnel; its Access to Justice Section may be the nearest match.
- MBA's Volunteer Opportunities Menu refers to assisting veterans with legal issues. If someone can get me more information on this, I'll gladly add it to this post.
- 108 CMR: The Department of Veterans’ Services is governed by Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) section 108.
- MGL Ch.115: The Department of Veterans’ Services programs are governed by Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 115.