Everyone knows that we are currently in unprecedented times, and this new normal may be here to stay for a few more weeks or possibly longer. While most people are begrudgingly aware that restaurants, some parks, and even libraries are closed, did you know that the probate courts in Massachusetts are closed to the public as well?
While the courts are closed to the public until at least May 4th, they are only hearing matters and cases that they deem as emergencies, and they are working with a reduced staff due to safety measures. Most hearings that are being held, and not rescheduled, are being held via videoconferencing or by phone. Cases that have been rescheduled are now being scheduled into May and June, as are all new cases being filed with the Court. The Court is currently only accepting new filings by mail or electronic filing.