Our Services

Every year Greater Boston Legal Services helps more than 10,000 low-income families and individuals solve their civil (non-criminal) legal problems. We represent our clients in court, at appeals, in hearings before administrative law judges, and with advice and paperwork, both as individuals and through partnerships with community organizations. We have a special focus on "impact litigation" and our attorneys have frequently submitted appellate briefs and appeared before the state's highest court.

GBLS staff provide trainings across the state and at national conferences to low-income families, social services agencies, and legal aid organizations. In addition to direct client services, GBLS engages in legislative and systemic law reform advocacy in an effort to help all residents of the Commonwealth.

Abuse Prevention Orders for Elders, DV Survivors, and Disabled

  • 209A protective orders for survivors of domestic violence, elders, and the disabled
  • Defense against guardianships and conservatorships
  • Domestic violence support

Consumer Rights

  • Predatory lending
  • Loan modifications

Criminal Record Sealing and Re-entry

  • Criminal and juvenile record sealing and correction, including appeals
  • "Ban the Box" violations
  • Denial and appeals of denials for trade or professional licenses, housing, jobs, training or education opportunities based on CORI

Debt collection, Bankruptcy

  • Filing for bankruptcy
  • Contesting consumer debt

Education and School to Prison Pipeline

  • Assisting students facing threatened suspension or expulsion
  • Special education advocacy

Employment and Unemployment Benefits

  • Wrongful denial of unemployment benefits
  • Wage and hour theft

Family

  • Divorce
  • Custody and Child Support
  • Domestic violence, abuse prevention and assistance with emergency orders of protection

Government Benefits

  • TAFDC / EAEDC / Veterans' benefits
  • Food Stamps / SNAP
  • Enforcing the rights of the disabled, immigrants, and people with limited English proficiency

Healthcare Benefits, Nursing Home Rights

  • Medicare, Masshealth, and Affordable Care Act Advocacy
  • Advocacy with the Department of Mental Health and children with psychiatric needs
  • Protecting nursing home residents

Housing

  • Eviction defense
  • Foreclosure prevention and defense of tenants and homeowners after foreclosure
  • Subsidy preservation
  • Tenant rights

Immigration

  • Asylum and refugee status
  • Citizenship
  • Unaccompanied minors

Shelter

  • Access to Emergency Assistance (EA) Shelter for families and pregnant women
  • Homebase

Social Security, SSI, and State Supplementary Benefits

  • Social Security Disability Benefits and Retirement Benefits
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Emergency Assistance to the Elderly and Disabled (EAEDC)

Taxes

  • Tax preparation
  • Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Assistance with IRS appeals and audits