What is Lawyer Referral Service?
The Hampden County Bar Association sponsors a Lawyer Referral & Information Service that refers members of the public to private attorneys. While our service does not employ attorneys or provide legal advice over the phone, we will provide you with the name of an attorney located in Hampden County who will handle your particular problem. A public service since 1976 the Hampden County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service is the only referral service in the Western Massachusetts area to be approved by the American Bar Association. The LRIS matches people with possible legal issues with qualified attorneys. The attorneys are all members in good standing of the Hampden County Bar Association, have completed specific applications to participate and all carry malpractice insurance. Click here for more information.
The Hampden County Legal Clinic (HCLC) is a public service of the Hampden County Bar Association. The Hampden County Legal Clinic is a legal aid program which facilitates access to justice for residents with low or no income in the Greater Springfield area. If you have an issue regarding a landlord/tenant, civil district court or probate and family matter, you can contact the Hampden County Legal Clinic. The Hampden County Bar Association’s Legal Clinic is sponsored by MassMutual Financial Group and works in conjunction with the Western New England College School of Law’s Housing Clinic, Women’s Bar Foundation, MassMutual Corporate Law Department and Community Legal Aid. Click here for more information.
Arbitration & Mediation Service:
Arbitration & Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") refers to any means of settling disputes outside of the courtroom. ADR typically includes early neutral evaluation, negotiation, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration. ... Mediation is also an informal alternative to litigation and a more cost-effective way to settle your dispute. Click here to learn more about the Hampden County Bar Association's Arbitration & Mediation Services, including family law, property disputes, auto accidents, and more. Click here to download a copy of our Information Sheet and Fee Schedule.
The Hampden County Bar Association offers a Fee Arbitration Program that helps resolve legal fee disputes between attorneys and their clients, former clients and other attorneys. This process addresses what is a fair and reasonable fee. Click here for more information.
The Hampden County Bar Association sponsors Law Day each year, which is typically celebrated on May 1st, in which our community celebrates the virtues of the American justice system and how it affects our daily lives in ways large and small. Click here for more information.
Race Judicata - A Run for the Bar:
The Hampden County Bar Association organizes a 5K Run/Walk Race Judicata: A Run for the Bar at the Ashley Reservoir, Holyoke, MA each year in the fall. Proceeds raised from this year's event were allocated to the Children's Law Project and the Colonel Archer B. Battista Veteran's Scholarship Fund. Please click here for more information.
Children's Law Project:
The Children’s Law Project (CLP) is a program that appoints attorneys to represent children involved in contested custody and visitation matters pending in Hampden County Probate and Family Court. The child is the attorney’s client. The attorney voices the child’s position when parents or guardians cannot agree on what is best for the child. The attorney is not an advocate for either parent or for the Court. Click here for more information.
Whether it is veterans' benefits appeals or personal injury matters, military criminal defense or divorce & custody disputes, we will help find a local lawyer to assist you. Click here for more information.