Guardianship Clinics

Guardianship Clinics in Suffolk and Middlesex Counties

Suffolk County Probate & Family Court
Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Court Service Center on the 2nd Floor of the Brooke Courthouse.
Middlesex County Probate & Family Court 
Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of the courthouse in East Cambridge.

Senior Partners for Justice/VLP offer this time-limited project for attorneys of all levels of experience and for law students. Two types of guardianship assistance are offered in the 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.

If you don't have experience in guardianship cases, 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..

This project is a Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) project.  Attorneys must complete LAR training.  The training requires a video or live training and reviewing written materials. Video trainings are are available online here. Live LAR certification trainings are also available periodically through the Boston Bar Association

Volunteers for this project are welcome to join our guardianship listserv. Register for the VLP website and click on listservs on the left side of the page. 

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. 

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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.

    Click to Sign Up for the Middlesex Guardianship Clinic on VolunteerSpot