Guardianship Clinics in Suffolk, Middlesex, and Norfolk Counties
Senior Partners for Justice/VLP 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 should have completed a do-it-yourself LAR training consisting of written materials and a video or live training. Video trainings are are available online here. Live LAR certification trainings are also available periodically through the Boston Bar Association. See http://www.bostonbar.org/edu/cle 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. at the Court Service Center on the 2rd Floor of the Brooke Courthouse.
Middlesex County Probate & Family Court (Directions)
Norfolk County Probate & Family Court (Directions)
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Register's office of the courthouse in Canton.
Volunteers for this project and other guardianship cases are welcome to join our guardianship listserv. Sign up at 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.
We encourage you to sign up ahead of time online for these projects.
There is a sign-up button for each project listed above. You can also find links to all the projects by clicking the button below.
If you have questions or problems signing up, please contact Barbara Siegel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-423-0648 x123.
As of January, 2015, we are using a new online signup system called VolunteerSpot. It will be easier to use (no passwords to remember) and it offers a very robust FREE version. VolunteerSpot makes it easy for us to organize the clinics, projects and trainings that help you make a difference to our clients.
When you arrive for your volunteer shift, please use this link to sign in.