Self Help Information
Whether you need to file a case within
our Court, or whether you just need information about what this
court does, this is a great place to start!
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.
Scroll Down and click on the links below to learn more!
you might need to file and Why If you are in need of the services of
this court, and not quite sure how to begin, you've come to the
right place. Here you
will find a list of types of cases and what they are.
Click on "What you
might need to file and Why" to learn the procedures for
such a case, what the filing fees are, what forms are needed to
file, and what you can expect
after you file.
Assistance 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
on “Legal Assistance”
is Probate Court and how does it work 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.
Departments of the Plymouth County Probate Court If you want to understand a little more
about the operations of our court, different departments and what
they do, you can click on the link "Departments
of the Court" to find out more information.
Legal Terms For an explanation of some legal terms,
click on “Common Legal Terms”.
Suggestions before you go to Court For helpful hints before going to
court, click on “Ten
Suggestions before you go to Court”.
in depth information about the Probation Department 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.
Helpful Information Here you can download Brochures and
Pamphlets that will help you with further information. Here
you will also find an Application for DOR services and a pamphlet
that was contributed by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue
A special thanks to John A. Barrett, former Register of
Probate in Franklin County and Richard Iannella, Register of
Probate in Suffolk County for their contributions to the
development of the materials in the self-help portion of this
Robert E. McCarthy, Register of Probate (April 1, 2002)