Self Help & Legal Assistance

The Plymouth County Probate and Family Court addresses the needs of Plymouth County residents in matters of child support, divorce, probate of estates, guardianships, custody, visitation, abuse protection, changing your name and adoptions, to name a few. For any of these actions, you must file papers with this court in order to address your concerns. Some matters have a filing fee, others do not.

The Plymouth and Brockton court locations both offer assistance to self-represented litigants in various ways.

Plymouth

  • Daily Attorney of the Day Program
  • Guardianship Clinic every 1st & 3rd Wednesday afternoon
  • Partnership with Greater Boston Legal Services Guardianship Training Sessions (check with Registry for dates)
  • SAFEPLAN (Court Advocacy for survivors of Domestic Violence seeking Restraining Orders/Domestic Relations Protective Orders)
  • Self-serve public access computers

Brockton

  • Attorney of the Day Program many days of the month
  • SAFPLAN (Court Advocacy for survivors of Domestic Violence seeking Restraining Orders/Domestic Relations Protective Orders)
  • Court Service Center on 1st floor for assistance with forms, and interpreters, if available
  • Notary Public located in courthouse
  • Daily DOR Hours

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  • As noted elsewhere on this website, most matters which come before the court involve complex legal issues. The staff of our Court is prohibited from giving legal advice with respect to those issues. You are advised to consult an attorney for advice as to legal issues and consequences. Here are some resources for Legal Assistance and other related assistance.
  • If you want to understand a little more about the Plymouth County Probate Court, what it does and how it operates, you can click on the link “What is Probate Court” to find out more information.
  • For an explanation of some legal terms, click on “Common Legal Terms”.
  • For helpful hints before going to court, click on “Ten Suggestions before you go to Court”.
  • For an explanation of the Probation Department, who they are, what they do, and when you might need to go to that office at the Probate Court. This information has been provided by Charles LoGiudice, former Chief Probation Officer, Plymouth County Probate and Family Court. “Special in depth information about the Probation Department”
  • Here you can download Brochures and Pamphlets that will help you with further information. You will also find an Application for DOR services and a pamphlet that was contributed by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue regarding Paternity. More Helpful Information