There are several agencies and services in Maine that offer some form of legal assistance to certain people with legal problems under certain conditions. Connecting people in need with the appropriate service is a matter of matching legal issues with agency missions, areas of service, income guidelines, funding constraints and geographical reach.
The Lawyer Information Service is often a good place to start, but there may be more appropriate options. Below is a list of legal service providers that can provide free or low-cost legal services:
Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic
Providing legal assistance to low-income
individuals with court matters in Cumberland,
York, Sagadahoc, and Androscoggin counties,
as well as to individuals incarcerated in the
Maine state prison system. A program of the
University of Maine School of Law in Portland.
Consumers for Affordable Healthcare (COAHC)
Provides guidance in identifying coverage options
and applying for health care assistance programs.
Additionally, CAHC’s Health Law program
provides legal assistance in filing appeals for claim
denials and resolving other disputes with private
health insurance companies. Health Care HelpLine
Disability Rights Center of Maine (DRCME)
Free legal services for people with physical,
sensory, mental, learning and/or cognotive
disabilities for issues relating to their disability, such
as access to vote, housing, employment,
government services, and education; and denial of
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP)
Free and reduced-fee help with immigration,
deportation, citizenship, and domestic violence
Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE)
Free help gor people over 60, socially or
economically disadvantaged. Civil matters: 1-800-
750-5353. Help with Medicare Part D denials,
access to MaineCare, and Low Cost Drugs for the
Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc. (PTLA)
Free legal services. Pine Tree Legal Assistance has
several offices across the state, and conducts
courthouse assistant programs at some courts.
For more information, contact the Administrative
Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP)
This is the main mechanism by which private
attorneys take pro bono cases statewide. Civil only.
Some information available via hotline at