Standards, Laws, and Further Readings
Massachusetts laws, rules and fees, forms, and recommended sources.
Court structure, filing and scheduling a case, notice of trial, judgement and payment orders, appeals, and enforcement of judgements.
Law on unfair or deceptive acts or practices by businesses.
Filing a Small Claim
There are over 100 Massachusetts courthouses that serve the cities and towns within the Commonwealth. To help you find the courthouses that serve your area, use the Courthouse Locator.
General forms and instructions, such as Statement of Small Claim and Notice of Trial, Small Claims Answer, Small Claims Counterclaim, and Agreement for Judgement and for Payment Order.
Sheriffs and Constables
Use this tool to locate constables in Massachusetts by city, county, or offered services.
Compiled by the Berkshire District Attorney’s office. Use to contact sheriffs in your county.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Services
The Harvard Mediation Program is run by the Harvard Law School and provides trained mediators for disputes.
This PDF contains a directory of court-connected mediation programs by county.
The Massachusetts government provides a PDF guide on how to approach alternative dispute resolution.
Additional Legal Resources
The BBA Lawyer Referral Service makes referrals to lawyers or other resources that specialize in the area of law related to your specific situation.
The Massachusetts Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service is one of the largest legal referral services in the nation. If you are buying/selling a home, starting a business, going through a divorce or need a will, you may need to hire the right attorney to answer your questions and help resolve your legal problems.
An online resource with clear instructions and many sample forms, letters, and documents.
Free noncriminal assistance to low-income residents in the greater Boston area.
From their website: "GBLS provides free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income people in Boston and thirty-one additional cities and towns. The help we offer ranges from legal advice to full case representation, depending on client need. Our staff of attorneys and paralegals is divided into areas of legal expertise to best address the problems faced by people living in poverty. A national leader in poverty law, GBLS also undertakes representation and legal
advocacy to address the root causes of poverty."
HLAB, a clinic run by Harvard Law School students, provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals in the Greater Boston area.
Filing a Complaint