Massachusetts Probate Courts.
Directory to Court Locations.

 
  • Probate courts archive wills, estate records, inventory and disbursements, guardianships, divorce records, official change of name and adoption cases.
     

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  • Massachusetts Probate Court Directory:

    Barnstable
    Berkshire
    Bristol
    Dukes
    Essex   
    Franklin
    Hampden
    Hampshire   
    Middlesex   
    Nantucket   
    Norfolk   
    Plymouth    
    Suffolk   
    Worcester


  • Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q. Can I get a copy of my adoption papers?

    Adoption records in Massachusetts are sealed, "closed". For more information read General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 210: Adoption of Children and Change of Name. 

 

"Massachusetts Probate and Family Court has exclusive jurisdiction over probate matters such as wills, trusts, guardianships, and conservatorships. The Court also has jurisdiction over family-related matters such as divorce, support, paternity establishment, family abuse protection, elderly abuse protection, disabled person's abuse protection, custody and adoption."

Probate matters are filed within the county where the individual resides or did reside prior to death.

If you're unsure of locations, you can view a county and or city map of Massachusetts. Both these present day maps are provided free of charge by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

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Barnstable

Established 2 June 1685 from Plymouth County

Probate & Family Court
3195 Main Street
PO Box 346
Barnstable, MA 02630

Probate/Estates: (508) 375-6725
Domestic Relations (Divorce): (508) 375-6722 

Hours: M-F  8:30AM - 3PM  Get Driving Directions

Towns In Court's Jurisdiction: Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet


Berkshire  

Established 21 April 1761 from Hampshire County

Probate and Family Court
44 Bank Row
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Probate/Estates: (413) 442-6941
Domestic Relations (Divorce): (413) 442-6941  

Hours: M-F  8:30AM - 3PM  Get Driving Directions

Towns In Court's Jurisdiction: Adams, Alford, Becket, Berkshire, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Florida, Gt. Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mt. Washington, New Ashford, N. Marlborough, North Adams, Otis, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Southfield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington, W. Stockbridge, Williamstown, Windsor


Bristol
 
Established 2 June 1685 from Plymouth County

Probate & Family Court
40 Broadway
Suite 240
Taunton, MA 02780

Main Telephone (508) 977-4970

Hours: M -F  8AM - 3PM 
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Towns/Cities In Court's Jurisdiction: Acushnet, Attleboro, Berkley, Dartmouth, Dighton, Easton, Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown, Mansfield, New Bedford, North Attleboro, Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Westport


Dukes 

Established 1 November 1683 by New York and 22 June 1695 by Massachusetts

Probate & Family Court
81 Main Street
PO Box 237
Edgartown, MA 02539

Main Telephone: (508) 627-4703

Hours: M -F 8:30AM - 3PM 
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Towns In Court's Jurisdiction: Aquinnah, Edgartown, Chilmark, Gosnold, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury


Essex
 
Established 10 May 1643

County Probate Court
36 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970

Probate/Estates: (978) 744-1020 [Press 2]
Domestic Relations (Divorce): (978) 744-1020 [Press 4]


Hours: M -F 8AM - 3PM 
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Towns/Cities In Court's Jurisdiction:Amesbury, Andover, Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marblehead Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Peabody, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham, West Newbury


Franklin

Established 24 June 1811 from Hampshire County

Franklin County Courthouse
425 Main Street
P.O. Box 590
Greenfield, MA 01302

Main Telephone: (413) 774-7011  

Hours: M -F 8AM - 3PM
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Towns/Cities In Court's Jurisdiction: Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell, Whately


Hampden
 
Established 25 February 1812 from Hampshire County

Hall of Justice
Probate & Family Court
50 State Street
Springfield, MA 01102-0559

Probate/Estates: (413) 748-7745
Domestic Relations (Divorce): (413) 748-
7740 

Hours: M -F 8AM - 3PM 
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Towns/Cities In Court's Jurisdiction: Agawam, Blandford, Brimfield, Chester, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Granville, Hampden, Holland, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Montgomery, Palmer, Russell, Southwick, Springfield, Tolland, Wales, West Springfield and Wilbraham


Hampshire
  
Established 1 May 1662 from Middlesex County

Probate & Family Court
33 King Street, Suite 3
Northampton, MA 01060

Main Telephone: (413) 586-8500

Hours: M -F 8:30AM - 3:00PM
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Towns/Cities In Court's Jurisdiction: Amherst, Belchertown, Chesterfield, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Granby, Hadley, Hatfield, Huntington, Middlefield, Northampton, Pelham, Plainfield, South Hadley, Southampton, Ware, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Worthington 


Middlesex
 
Established 10 May 1643

Middlesex Probate Court
208 Cambridge Street
PO Box 410480
East Cambridge, MA 02141-0006

Probate/Estates: (617) 768-5858
Domestic Relations (Divorce): (617) 768-
5850

Hours: M -F 8AM - 4:30 PM 
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Towns/Cities In Court's Jurisdiction: Acton, Arlington, Ashby, Ashland, Ayer, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Boxborough, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Everett, Framingham, Groton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Maynard, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Newton, North Reading, Pepperell, Reading, Sherborn, Shirley, Somerville, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Westford, Weston, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn


Nantucket 

Established 22 June 1695 from Dukes County

Town and County Building
16 Broad Street
PO Box 1116
Nantucket, MA 02554

Main Telephone: (508) 228-2669

Hours: M -F 8:15AM - 3PM 
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Norfolk

Original county established 10 May 1643 - disbanded 4 February 1680. Probate Records 1643 - 1714 are at Essex County Probate Court, Salem. Current county established 26 March 1793 from Suffolk County.

Norfolk Probate Court
35 Shawmut Road
Canton, MA 02021

Main Telephone: (781) 830-1200

Hours: M -F 8:30AM - 3PM
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Towns/Cities In Court's Jurisdiction: Avon, Bellingham, Braintree, Brookline, Canton, Cohasset, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Franklin, Holbrook, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Milton, Needham, Norfolk, Norwood, Plainville, Quincy, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, Wellesley, Westwood, Weymouth, Wrentham


Plymouth
 
Established 2 June 1685 from Plymouth Colony.

Plymouth Probate Court
52 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

Domestic Relations (Divorce): (508) 747-6204 [Press 2]
Probate/Estates: (508) 747-6204 [Press 3]

Hours: M -F 8:30AM - 3PM  Get Driving Directions

Towns/Cities In Court's Jurisdiction: Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Lakeville, Marion, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Middleboro, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rochester, Rockland, Scituate, Wareham, West Bridgewater, Whitman


Suffolk 

Established 10 May 1643

Probate & Family Court
24 New Chardon Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Probate/Estates: (617) 788-8300
Domestic Relations (Divorce): (617) 788-8300


Hours: M -F 8:00AM - 4:30PM
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Towns/Cities In Court's Jurisdiction: Boston, Brighton, Charlestown, Chelsea, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Revere, Roslindale, South Boston, Winthrop  


Worcester 

Established 2 April 1731 from Middlesex, Suffolk and Hampshire counties.

Worcester County Courthouse
225 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Main Telephone: (508) 831-2200

Hours: M -F 8AM - 4:30PM
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Towns/Cities In Court's Jurisdiction: Ashburnham, Athol, Auburn, Barre, Berlin, Blackstone, Bolton, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Fitchburg, Gardner, Grafton, Hardwick, Harvard, Holden, Hopedale, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leicester, Leominster, Lunenburg, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, Templeton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, Westminster, Winchendon, Worcester


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