Legal Information & Resources

Veterans Legal Services aspires to become the Commonwealth’s authoritative legal information resource for veterans and all who are affected by or deal with veterans’ legal issues.

Dougan  Credit Card Debt
Hon. Raymond G. Dougan (retired), Boston Municipal Court
Developed in Collaboration with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, January 11, 2017

MassLegalHelp (for individuals)

http://www.masslegalhelp.org/consumer Provides links to comprehensive information for easily understanding consumer debt issues

AnnualCreditReport.com

https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action Provides free access to an individual's credit reports from each of the three major credit bureaus

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/askcfpb/search/?selected_facets=category_exact:debt-collection The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a government agency built to protect consumers. It provides free resources to help consumers make informed financial decisions.

 

Capasso Sealing of Massachusetts Criminal Records
Thomas R. Capasso, Director, Probation Records Unit, Office of the Massachusetts Commissioner of Probation
Developed in Collaboration with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, October 20, 2016

Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

http://www.mass.gov/eopss/crime-prev-personal-sfty/bkgd-check/cori/ Provides general information about CORI, as well as links to methods for requesting a CORI

MassLegalHelp (for individuals)

http://www.masslegalhelp.org/cori Provides links to comprehensive information for easily understanding CORI, including its role in employment and housing, as well as options for sealing CORI

MassLegalServices (for legal aid advocates)

http://www.masslegalservices.org/library-directory/cori Provides a practice area library for CORI and other criminal record-related issues, with links to legal aid training materials, resources, and legislative updates

 

Fogg  Personal Income Tax
T. Keith Fogg, Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Director of the Federal Tax Clinic at Harvard Legal Services Center
Developed in Collaboration with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, February 27, 2017

MassLegalHelp (for individuals)

http://www.masslegalhelp.org/income-benefits/taxes Provides links to comprehensive information for easily understanding personal income tax issues

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

 

General Disclaimer: This website section gives veterans and the public general information about the law. It is not legal advice and is for educational purposes only. The information in the videos is current as of the recording date. To get specific legal advice about your situation, contact a legal professional. Veterans who need legal help can call VLS at 857-317-4474

Questions or comments about these materials? Email us at legalresources@veteranslegalservices.org. Please note: Veterans Legal Services does not provide legal advice by email.

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