Lawyers & Legal Help

Legal Aid Resources in Maine

Maine State Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service: (800) 860-1460 or visit

The Maine State Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service charges a $25 administrative fee, and referred attorneys will not charge for the first half-hour of a consultation. After the first half-hour, standard legal fees may apply. Everyone is eligible for this service.

The list below is an overview of the areas of law covered by each agency. Contact the agency directly to see if you qualify for their services.

A PDF version is available at: Legal Aid Resources in Maine.

for service
(TANF & food stamps)
Debtor Issues & Bankruptcy
Divorce & Family Law
Domestic Violence
Eviction & Tenant Issues
Employment Issues
Foreclosure & Other Housing
Immigration & Citizenship Issues
Youth Issues
Other Civil Legal Issues
Disability Rights Center
(800) 452-1948
People with Disabilities
Immigrant Legal Advocacy
(800) 497-8505
Legal Services for the Elderly
(800) 750-5353
60 or older; Medicare help for everyone
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Maine Center on Deafness
(800) 639-3884
D/deaf (or) Hard-of-Hearing
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Maine Equal Justice Partners (866) 626-7059
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Penquis Law Project
(800) 215-4942
Low & moderate- income; Penobscot, Piscataquis & Knox counties
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Pine Tree Legal Assistance
Please see below for more contact info.
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Volunteer Lawyers Project
(800) 442-4293
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University of Maine Law School: Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic
(877) 780-2522
Low-income; Representation by student attorneys
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The Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services provides representation to low-income criminal defendants, juvenile defendants, parents in child protective cases, and people facing involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital, who are entitled to an attorney under the Constitution or Maine Law.

Courthouse Assistance Project

Legal Services Food Hub

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), a nonprofit entity, provides a pro bono legal services hub for farmers, food entrepreneurs, related organizations, and community groups. The goal is to help grow Maine's local, sustainable food system. Through the Legal Services Food Hub, CLF matches eligible applicants with skilled Maine attorneys willing to provide their legal services pro bono.

Eligible Legal Services Food Hub clients include: farmers; food entrepreneurs; organizations whose primary constituency or membership base is farmers or food entrepreneurs; and community groups whose mission is to address social justice issues related to Maine's food system. To ensure resources are directed to people who are most in need of assistance, participation is based on an income cap, currently set at a $30,000 annual income and no greater than 400% above the federal poverty level. A screening process will analyze income eligibility and legal need to ensure that applicants meet the Hub's criteria.

For more information, visit:
Contact Ben Tettlebaum:, or 207-210-6439 x5014.

Pine Tree Legal

In an effort to improve the quality of their services and embrace emerging technologies, Pine Tree Legal Assistance has changed the way it manages new requests for legal assistance. Please note the following changes:

Online: A new "find legal help" tool has been added to the home page of to connect people with information and resources specific to their question and geographical location. In the coming months, the tool will be expanded to allow eligible individuals to apply online for legal aid from Pine Tree.

By Phone: Effective June 15, 2015 new requests for legal aid by phone will only be answered during a common set of hours:

  • Mondays from noon to 3 p.m.;
  • Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – noon; and
  • Thursdays from 9 a.m. – noon

In general, individuals seeking legal aid will not be able to leave messages outside these hours. Please note: The new phone system for all offices will also assist those with limited English proficiency.

In Person: Effective June 15, 2015 each Pine Tree Legal Assistance (PTLA) office will offer weekly "walk in" hours when, barring unexpected staff absences, individuals can request legal aid.

PTLA Office Phone Number Address Walk-in Hours Serving residents in
Augusta (207) 622-4731 39 Green Street Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. and
Fridays 9 a.m. - noon
Kennebec, Somerset, Knox and Lincoln County
Bangor (207) 942-8241 115 Main Street Wednesdays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and
Fridays 9 a.m. - noon
Penobscot, Piscataquis and Waldo County
Lewiston (207) 784-1558 37 Park Street Tuesdays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and
Fridays 9 a.m. - noon
Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin County
Machias (207) 255-8656 13 Cooper Street Wednesdays 9 a.m. - noon and
Thursdays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Washington and Hancock County
Portland (207) 774-8211 88 Federal Street Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(closed at noon for an hour)
Cumberland, Sagadahoc and York County
Presque Isle (207) 764-4349 373 Main Street Wednesdays 9 a.m. - noon and
Fridays 9 a.m. - noon
Aroostook County

In addition, please note the following special statewide phone numbers:

  • Native American Unit: 1-877-213-5630
  • Migrant Farmworker Unit: 1-800-879-7463
  • KIDS LEGAL: 1-866-624-7787 or 774-824

The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) continues to provide assistance with family law matters, bankruptcy and certain other problems via 1-800-442-4293 or 207-774-4348.

  • Family law on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. – noon;
  • All other legal needs on Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.;
  • Messages seeking help with unemployment compensation appeals at: (207) 400-3245

The VLP also operates a Bangor area clinic and weekly walk-in clinics for family law assistance at several District Courts: Portland, Biddeford, Lewiston, Augusta, Machias and Calais. A complete schedule is available at

Online Legal Resources - Use HelpMELaw to find: People who may be able to help you with a specific legal problem or for information about laws that affect you.

Stateside Legal - a website for members of the military, veterans, their families and advocates to find free legal help and resources.


The Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library in Augusta, a division of the Maine Legislature, is the state's public law library.  The library is staffed full-time, provides reference services over the phone and via email, and mails materials to Maine residents.

The Nathan and Henry B. Cleaves Law Library provides legal research and assistance to all lawyers, to the courts and to the public. The Library strives to maintain a complete and up-to-date collection of materials in an appropriate physical setting, and to deliver competent, professional research assistance that allows Library patrons to make full use of the Library’s resources. The Library is responsive to the changing needs of its patrons, and provides a cost-efficient means to share legal resource costs and resources for the benefit of all.

The Penobscot County Law Library at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor has patron access to Westlaw, a comprehensive electronic research service. Results ​from Westlaw research​can be e-mailed to your own computer or printed for a small fee. Hardbound materials include the Maine Revised Statutes, the Maine Reporter, and several Maine-specific treatises. These are for reference only and are not to be taken from the library. The Penobscot County Law Library is staffed part-time.

At the Donald L. Garbrecht Law Library--University of Maine School of Law a staff of six professional librarians and eight supporting personnel service the law library's collection. The staff provides reference service, prepares bibliographies, and instructs in the use of all specialized legal materials.  During the academic year the law library is open 95 hours per week with seating space for over 160 students. Professional reference service is available 40 hours per week. The library is accessible to disabled students.

Although staff at these libraries can assist you with legal research, they cannot provide legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should contact an attorney.

American Bar Association

The American Bar Association provides information that will help you determine when you need a lawyer, how to find one, and services available to low-income individuals.