Free Legal Help With Guardianships

Free legal help is available to low-income people who:

  • are trying to become guardian of a child or an adult who can't care for him or herself.
  • are guardians of child or adult family members and need help with the Care Plans and Annual Reports guardians need to fill out and give to the court.

One morning a week, lawyers and law students will be at these courthouses to help low-income people who qualify for legal aid:

Suffolk County Probate & Family Court in Boston                          

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  • 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 in Cambridge 

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  • Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of the Courthouse in East Cambridge. 

Norfolk County Probate & Family Court in Canton

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  • Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Register's office. 


The lawyers and law students are there to give advice and help with guardianship forms.  For most people, the legal help is only for the morning you are at the courthouse.

When you get to the courthouse, we will ask you some questions to find out if you qualify for free legal help.

If you do not qualify for free legal help, we will give you a list of referrals for private lawyers. These lawyers charge a fee for their services.


Resources for Guardians

Guardianship Care Plan/Report (for Guardian of Adult Incapacitated Person)


Annual Report of Guardian of Minor


Link to all Guardianship forms on Probate & Family Court Website


Link to MA Guardianship Association Website





This is a joint project of Senior Partners for Justice, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, and the Massachusetts Guardianship Association, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court.


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