Guardianship Clinics in Suffolk, Middlesex and Norfolk Counties
Senior Partners for Justice offers two important types of guardianship assistance in court-based clinics. Our volunteer attorneys and law students:
- help low-income petitioners for guardianship complete and file the guardianship petitions, AND
- help low-income guardians complete their care plans and annual reports.
Volunteers do not file an appearance on behalf of the petitioners or guardians; our services are limited to advice and assistance with the forms. In some case, petitioners may be referred to the Volunteer Lawyers Project for further assistance after the petitions are filed.
This is a great, time-limited project for attorneys of all levels of experience and for law students. If you don't have experience in guardianship cases, we strongly suggest that you take VLP's free Introduction to Guardianship of Minors and Introduction to Guardianship of Adults classes before volunteering. Please check www.vlpnet.org for upcoming training dates.
Because this project is a Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) project, the attorney must have completed a do-it-yourself LAR training consisting of written materials and an audio CD. The training materials are available online at http://www.screencast.com/users/VLP/folders/LAR%20Training. LAR certification is also available through LAR seminars at MA Continuing Legal Education. See http://www.mcle.org/ for more information.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project provides primary malpractice insurance for all pro bono work done under this project.
CLINIC LOCATIONS AND TIMES:
Suffolk County Probate & Family Court (Directions)
Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 3rd Floor of the Brooke Courthouse in the hallway outside the Register's office.
Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 4th Floor of the Brooke Courthouse outside courtroom 2.
Middlesex County Probate & Family Court (Directions)
Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of the courthouse in East Cambridge.
Norfolk County Probate & Family Court (Directions)
Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Register's office of the courthouse in Canton.
We are seeking volunteer attorneys and law students to help with these clinics at all locations. We are also seeking experienced practitioners to provide on-site mentoring and guidance to volunteers at these clinics. If you are interested, please contact the Senior Partners Project Mananger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-423-0648 x123. Or you can sign up online at http://vlp.volunteerhub.com/.
Volunteers for this project and other guardianship cases are welcome to join our SPJ guardianship listserv. It's a great forum in which to discuss issues and raise questions that come up in your pro bono work. To join, go to www.vlpnet.org and click on listservs on the left side of the page. You will need to register for the VLP website if you have not already done so.