Posts Categorized: Veterans

Military Legal Help Line Moves to BBA Lawyer Referral Service

Veterans Initiative PhotoAs of September 1st, the Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is the new home of the Military Legal Help Line. This line will connect veterans, military personnel, and their families with lawyers and other legal resources. The service will refer callers to qualified attorneys offering reduced fee and pro bono legal assistance or the appropriate government or non-profit agency.

Beyond the Billable checked in with Solana Goss, the LRS intake coordinator, to hear what she has to say about line:

“As the intake coordinator of the BBA Lawyer Referral Service, I am excited and proud to help this deserving population connect with the legal resources they need. The BBA LRS is happy to support the needs of the community and those who served our country, by expanding the availability of legal assistance to active duty military, veterans and their families.”

If you are seeking legal assistance, please call the Military Legal Help Line at 617-742-0625 or 1-800-552-7046. You can also fill out an online request at www.bostonbarlawyer.org.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming trainings to prepare additional attorneys to take these types of cases.

Shelter Legal Services and BBA Volunteers Stand Up for Veterans at Massachusetts “Stand Down” Event

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Volunteer attorneys provided legal assistance to homeless and at-risk veterans at the Massachusetts Stand Down Event last Friday and Saturday.

Last Friday, 27 volunteer attorneys and four law students provided legal assistance to 122 homeless and at-risk veterans at the Massachusetts Stand Down at the Dorchester IBEW. Shelter Legal Services and members of the Boston Bar Association’s Military & Veterans Committee recruited volunteers to offer assistance in areas including state and federal benefits, family law, consumer debt and bankruptcy, housing, taxes, and criminal records.

“It is critical that we have attorneys from a variety of practice areas to assist these veterans who are some of the most vulnerable members of the community. By providing legal counseling, advice, and referrals, we are able to help veterans remove legal barriers to stable housing and self-sufficiency,” explained Anna Schleelein, Co-Executive Director of Shelter Legal Services and the coordinator of the event.

Stay tuned for more information on additional opportunities to assist veterans coming up in the fall. For more information about Shelter Legal Services, visit www.shelterlegalservices.org.