Legal Resources

 Legal Websites:

There is a new legal resource for civil law for low income residents: masslao.org.

Courts serving North Attleborough: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/courts-serving-north-attleborough

Courts, court offices, and court departments contact information: https://www.mass.gov/guides/courts-court-offices-and-court-departments-contact-information 

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/trial-court-law-libraries 

Massachusetts law about: https://www.mass.gov/guides/massachusetts-law-aboutThe Trial Court law librarians create these guides to Massachusetts legal topics. Here you will find what you need to get started in your legal research on a topic - laws, regulations, cases, and websites.

Finding a lawyer: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/finding-a-lawyerThis page provides information to help you look up a specific lawyer or search for free or low-cost legal help from a variety of organizations.

Lawyer for the Day programs: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/lawyer-for-the-day-programsLawyer for the Day programs across various courts provide basic legal advice, help you understand relevant laws and your rights, and assist you in filling out court forms. They do not go with you into the courtroom, but can equip you to better represent yourself in court.

Bristol County Bar Association: http://bristolcountybar.org/contact/form.php

MassLegalHelp’s Legal Aid: https://www.masslegalhelp.org/about/legal-aid

MassOptions Network:A Service of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services: https://www.massoptions.org/massoptions/find-community-long-term-supports-and-services/bcommunity-services--supports-available-through-state-agencies/housing/A free resource linking elders, individuals with disabilities, caregivers, and family members to services that help you or a loved one live independently in the setting of your choice. We help individuals avoid the frustration of calling multiple agencies and navigating various networks.

2018 Taunton/Attleboro Community Resource Guide: http://www.citypsych.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/TauntonAttleboro_CRG_PDF.pdf(Updated 4/11/2018).
 
Community resource guides: https://www.citypsych.net/community-resource-guides/ 

Bristol County District Attorney's Office: This site will connect you to the State Police, Court System addresses and many useful reports on legal issues. It also has a directory with names and phone numbers for different agencies including the correctional institutions.

Landlord/Tenant websites:

Massachusetts law about landlord and tenant: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-law-about-landlord-and-tenant
A compilation of laws, regulations, cases, and web sources on landlord and tenant law in general.

Legal Tactics: Tenants' Rights in Massachusetts, 2017: https://www.masslegalhelp.org/legal-tactics
This handbook provides practical information about tenants' rights in private housing—housing that is owned by an individual or a privately-owned company.

The Attorney General's Guide to Landlord and Tenant Rights: https://www.mass.gov/guides/the-attorney-generals-guide-to-landlord-and-tenant-rights

Legal assistance: https://www.mass.gov/legal-assistance
Helpful to people participating in court proceedings. There are many different services available to help you. You may choose to find and hire an attorney, or take advantage of other programs, such as limited assistance representation, lawyer for the day, or legal clinics.

Housing Court: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/housing-court
The Housing Court Department oversees civil and criminal actions that involve the health, safety, or welfare of homeowners or those who live in residential housing.

Southeast Housing Court - Taunton Session https://www.mass.gov/locations/southeast-housing-court-taunton-session
The Taunton Session of the Southeast Housing Court serves Attleboro, Berkley, Dighton, Easton, Mansfield, North Attleborough, Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk and Taunton.

Housing Court's guide to landlord-tenant issues: https://www.mass.gov/guides/housing-courts-guide-to-landlord-tenant-issues

Housing and Community Development (DHCD): https://www.mass.gov/orgs/housing-and-community-development
DHCD oversees funding and resources to help people in Massachusetts live affordably and safely. Has a link to “Locate a Service Provider in Your Town.”

How to be a Landlord and Avoid Trouble (2017)
How to be a Tenant and Avoid Trouble (2017)

Other Massachusetts Sites
Massachusetts General Laws (unofficial)
Code of Massachusetts Regulations

Massachusetts Appeals and Supreme Court Decisions
Clients' Security Board: Reimbursement of funds from disciplined lawyers)
Forum for Massachusetts Law. Check out the Existing Question section.

Federal Laws:

Cornell Law Library (Especially good for Federal laws and Supreme Court decisions)