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What is the Probate and Family Court?

The Massachusetts Probate Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over probate matters such as wills, trusts, guardianships, and conservatorships.

For example, if a person passes away in Massachusetts, and there are matters of probate, their family or attorney must file probate matters in the county where they officially lived before their death.

The Probate Courts also have jurisdiction over family-related matters:

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Hampden Probate and Family Court

County Established 25 February 1812 from Hampshire County

Hall of Justice
50 State Street
Springfield, MA 01102-0559

Telephone: (413) 748-7760
Email: Hampden Probate Court
Virtual Registry: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1600424858

Hours: M - F 8:15AM - 4:00PM

Towns 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, Wilbraham.

Hampshire Probate and Family Court

County Established 1 May 1662 from Middlesex County

15 Atwood Drive
Northampton, MA 01060

Telephone: (413) 586-8500
Email: Hampshire Probate Court
Virtual Registry: https://www.zoomgov.com/my/hampshirepf

Hours: M 8:30AM - 4:30PM; TU - FR 8AM - 4:30PM

Towns 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 Probate and Family Court

County Established 10 May 1643

10-U Commerce Way
Woburn, MA 01801

Telephone: (781) 865-4000
Email: Middlesex Probate
Virtual Registry: https://www.zoomgov.com/my/middlesexprobate

Hours: M - F 8AM - 4:30 PM

Towns In Court's SOUTH Jurisdiction:Arlington, Belmont, Burlington, Cambridge, Everett, Lexington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Weston, Winchester, Woburn

Middlesex Probate and Family Court

County Established 10 May 1643

Lowell Justice Center
370 Jackson ST - 5th Floor
Lowell, MA 01852

Telephone: (978) 656-7700
Email: Middlesex Probate
Virtual Registry: https://www.zoomgov.com/my/middlesexprobate

Hours: M - F 8AM - 4:30 PM

Towns In Court's SOUTH Jurisdiction:Acton, Ashby, Ashland, Ayer, Bedford, Billerica, Boxboro, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Framingham, Groton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lincoln, Littleton, Lowell, Marlboro, Maynard, Natick, North Reading, Pepperell, Reading, Sherborn, Shirley, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsboro, Wayland, Westford, Wilmington.