Offers free legal clinics, community education, direct legal services, outreach and self-advocacy programs. Provides legal assistance and representation to people who cannot afford regular attorney fees, but are not necessarily eligible for other forms of free legal aid from the state. They make referrals to a network of attorneys in the county who provide services for free, reduced rate, or regular fee depending on the situation and the client's financial status.
They ask for an intake donation of $50 that represents approximately 2 hours of attorney time to conduct and process a private office intake. No one will be turned away and if making a donation creates a financial hardship, they will apply a sliding scale or waiver.
Office hours are by appointment only. Call 413-854-1955 to schedule an intake or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
They also hold a free legal clinic Noon to 1pm every Wednesday at the Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Rd, Great Barrington during their free lunch program.
Justice for Seniors Program:
The Justice for Seniors Program has been funded in part with an Elder Services grant and BCJ will be addressing the legal needs of elders age 60 and above with verified low income status. Medicaid Planning, construction of end of life documents; consumer protection abuses, elder fraud; consumer disputes including debt and credit card charges; and other legal issues can be addressed. BCJ is specifically targeting 13 South Berkshire towns because transportation limitations can make it difficult for seniors to access services in Pittsfield. However, clients will be accepted from the whole county on a first come first serve basis. Intakes are free of charge and direct legal services will be charged at the much reduced rate of $50.00 per hour. They welcome clients of all races; ethnic identifications; disabilities; and sexual orientation. Telephone intakes can be arranged for shut-ins. Call 413-854-1955. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/Berkshire-Center-For-Justice-Inc
Last formal update: 1/2020