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If you cannot afford an attorney and are representing yourself with regards to a matter in the Barnstable Probate and Family Court, you may qualify for legal assistance provided by the BCBA "Lawyer of the Day" program.
Under this program, Barnstable County Bar Association volunteer lawyers are available each day in the Probate and Family Court to assist low-income and elderly individuals with the preparation of pleadings, documents and forms. The Lawyer of the Day can also explain the on-going legal process and procedures of the Court.
For more information and eligibility requirements, please contact us as (508) 362-2121.
Conciliation is an alternative way of settling disputes other than by the traditional courtroom trial. In Massachusetts, court-connected dispute resolution services involve a neutral third party (a "neutral") helping the people in the case (the "parties") to settle their dispute without a trial. In some types of alternative dispute resolution, including conciliation and dispute intervention, the neutral helps the parties create their own resolution.
Although some neutrals are attorneys who also practice law, ethical rules prohibit neutrals serving in court-connected alternative dispute resolution or conciliation programs from providing legal advice in connection with the dispute resolution process. Because any agreement that you make will have long-lasting effects, a conciliator/third-party neutral should have both parties consult with an attorney during the conciliation process, and a lawyer should review any agreement before signed – although this is not required.
If you reach an agreement in any case docketed within the Probate and Family Court Department, the agreement is subject to review by a judge. If the judge approves the agreement, it will become part of a court order or judgment which either party can ask the court to enforce in the future.
For more information, please contact us at (508) 362-2121.