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  • Ayer District Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    Ashby, Ayer, Boxborough, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend,
    Westford, Devens Regional Enterprise Zone

    Address & Phone Numbers

    25 East Main Street
    Ayer, MA 01432

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 978-772-2100
    Fax: 978-772-5345

    Probation Department

    Phone: 978-772-2100
    Fax: 978-772-9021

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    The Ayer District Court is accessible by the Fitchburg/South Acton line of the MBTA. The closest stop to the courthouse is the Ayer Station, which is approximately 1/4 of a mile from the courthouse.
    The MBTA offers a Trip Planner, which enables users to get personalized recommendations.

    Parking

    There are two small parking lots available at the courthouse for public use. In addition, there is offsite parking available at the Pirone Park which is located down the street from the courthouse.

    Juror Information

    Reporting for Jury Duty

    • On the day before your jury duty, please call the Juror Line after 3:00 p.m.  (978-772-0179)
    • You must appear by 8:30 a.m.
    • Report to the 2nd Floor
    • When there is severe weather or a public emergency, please call 978-772-0179  (after 7:00 a.m. on the jury date) for a recorded announcement.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Ayer District Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call 617.723.4163 for a free consultation.

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    Cambridge District Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    Cambridge, Arlington, Belmont

    Address & Phone Numbers

    4040 Mystic Valley Parkway
    Medford, MA 02155

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 781-306-2715
    Fax: 781-395-2035

    Probation Department

    Phone: 781-306-2750
    Fax: 781-395-2147

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    The Cambridge District Court is accessible by the Orange Line of the MBTA. The closest stop to the courthouse is the Wellington Station Stop. The courthouse is also accessible by the following bus lines: Bus 90, Bus 97, Bus 99, Bus 100, Bus 106, Bus 108, Bus 110, Bus 112 and Bus 134.
    The MBTA offers a Trip Planner, which enables users to get personalized recommendations.

    Parking

    There is free parking located at the courthouse.

    Juror Information

    Reporting for Jury Duty

    • On the day before your jury duty, please call the Juror Line after 3:00 p.m. (781-306-1690)
    • You must appear by 8:30 a.m.
    • Report to Room 500
    • When there is severe weather or a public emergency, please call 781-306-1690  (after 7:00 a.m. on the jury date) for a recorded announcement.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Cambridge District Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call 617.723.4163 for a free consultation.

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    Concord District Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    Concord, Carlisle, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Acton, Maynard, Stow

    Address & Phone Numbers

    305 Walden Street
    Concord, MA 01742

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 978-369-0500
    Fax: 978-371-2945

    Probation Department

    Phone: 978-369-0500
    Fax: 978-371-99195

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    The Concord District Court is accessible by the Fitchburg/South Acton line of the MBTA. The closest stop to the courthouse is the Concord Stop which is about 1.2 miles from the courthouse.
    The MBTA offers a Trip Planner, which enables users to get personalized recommendations.

    Parking

    There is free parking available at the courthouse.

    Juror Information

    Reporting for Jury Duty

    • On the day before your jury duty, please call the Juror Line after 3:00 p.m. (978-287-0121)
    • You must appear by 8:30 a.m.
    • Report to Room 1st Floor
    • When there is severe weather or a public emergency, please call 978-287-0121  (after 7:00 a.m. on the jury date) for a recorded announcement.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Concord District Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call 617.723.4163 for a free consultation.

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    Framingham District Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Sudbury, Wayland

    Address & Phone Numbers

    600 Concord Street
    Framingham, MA 01701

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 508-875-7461

    Probation Department

    Phone: 508-875-5241

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    For public transportation information to the courthouse, visit the Metro-West Regional Transit Authority or call 800-392-6100
    The Framingham District Court is accessible by the Framingham / Worcester line of the MBTA. The closest stop to the courthouse is the Framingham stop, which is approximately 1.5 miles from the courthouse.
    The MBTA offers a Trip Planner, which enables users to get personalized recommendations.

    Parking

    Parking is available in the court lot.

    Juror Information

    Reporting for Jury Duty

    • On the day before your jury duty, please call the Juror Line after 3:00 p.m. (508-820-8852)
    • You must appear by 8:30 a.m.
    • Report to the Lower Level
    • When there is severe weather or a public emergency, please call 508-820-8852  (after 7:00 a.m. on the jury date) for a recorded announcement.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Framingham District Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call 617.723.4163 for a free consultation.

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    Lowell District Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro

    Address & Phone Numbers

    41 Hurd Street
    Lowell, MA 01852

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 978-459-4101
    Fax: 978-937-2486

    Probation Department

    Phone: 978-459-4101
    Fax: 978-458-7149

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    For public transportation information to the courthouse, visit the Metro-West Regional Transit Authority or call 800-392-6100
    The Lowell District Court is also accessible by the Lowell line of the MBTA. The closest stop to the courthouse is Lowell Station which is approximately 1/2 of a mile from the courthouse.
    The MBTA offers a Trip Planner, which enables users to get personalized recommendations.

    Parking

    Parking is available in a private garage.

    Juror Information

    Reporting for Jury Duty

    • On the day before your jury duty, please call the Juror Line after 3:00 p.m. ( 978-442-3399)
    • You must appear by 8:30 a.m.
    • Report to 2nd Floor
    • When there is severe weather or a public emergency, please call 978-442-3399 (after 7:00 a.m. on the jury date) for a recorded announcement.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Lowell District Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call 617.723.4163 for a free consultation.

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    Malden District Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    Malden, Melrose, Everett, Wakefield

    Address & Phone Numbers

    89 Summer Street
    Malden, MA 02148

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 781-322-7500
    Fax:781-322-0169

    Probation Department

    Phone: 781-322-7500
    Fax: 781-322-1604

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    The Malden District Court is accessible by the Orange Line of the MBTA. The closest stop to the courthouse is Malden Station. The courthouse is also accessible by the Haverhill line of the MBTA and the closest stop to the courthouse is Malden Center Station.
    The courthouse can also be accessed by Routes 99 and 132 of the MBTA Bus.
    The MBTA offers a Trip Planner, which enables users to get personalized recommendations.

    Parking

    There is no public parking available at this courthouse. Limited parking is available on the streets in the vicinity of the courthouse.

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    Marlborough District Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    Marlborough, Hudson

    Address & Phone Numbers

    45 Williams Street
    Marlborough, MA 01752

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 508-485-3700
    Fax: 508-485-1575

    Probation Department

    Phone: 508-485-1356
    Fax: 508-481-6857

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    For public transportation information to the courthouse, visit the Metro-West Regional Transit Authority or call 800-392-6100.

    Parking

    There are three free parking lots available at the courthouse.

    Juror Information

    Reporting for Jury Duty

    • On the day before your jury duty, please call the Juror Line after 3:00 p.m. ( 508-303-8581)
    • You must appear by 8:30 a.m.
    • Report to 2nd Floor
    • When there is severe weather or a public emergency, please call  508-303-8581 (after 7:00 a.m. on the jury date) for a recorded announcement.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Marlborough District Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call 617.723.4163 for a free consultation.

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    Newton District Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    Newton

    Address & Phone Numbers

    1309 Washington Street
    West Newton, MA 02465

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 617-244-3600
    Fax: 617-243-7291

    Probation Department

    Phone: 617-244-3600
    Fax: 617-243-7292

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    The Newton District Court is accessible by the Framingham / Worcester line of the MBTA. The closest stop to the courthouse is the West Newton Station.
    The courthouse can also be accessed by the following MBTA bus routes: Bus 170, Bus 505, Bus 553, Bus 554, Bus 556, Bus 558.
    The courthouse can also be reached by the Green D Line and getting off at Woodland Station which is approximately a mile away from the courthouse.
    The MBTA offers a Trip Planner, which enables users to get personalized recommendations.

    Parking

    There is metered street parking as well as a metered parking lot available to the public.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Newton District Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call (617) 723-4163 for a free consultation.

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    Somerville District Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    Medford and Somerville

    Address & Phone Numbers

    175 Fellsway
    Somerville, MA 02145

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone:  617-666-8000
    Fax: 617-776-2111

    Probation Department

    Phone: 617-666-8000 Fax: 617-666-4361

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    The Somerville District Court is accessible by Bus 90 and Bus 92 of the MBTA.
    The MBTA offers a Trip Planner, which enables users to get personalized recommendations.

    Parking

    There is a free parking lot located behind the courthouse.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Somerville District Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call 617.723.4163 for a free consultation.

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    Waltham District Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    Waltham, Watertown and Weston

    Address & Phone Numbers

    38 Linden Street
    Waltham, MA 02452

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 781-894-4500

    Probation Department

    Phone: 781-894-4500

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    The Waltham District Court is accessible by the Fitchburg/South Acton line of the MBTA.
    The closest stop to the courthouse is Waltham Station. The courthouse is also accessible by Bus 70 of the MBTA.
    The MBTA offers a Trip Planner, which enables users to get personalized recommendations.

    Parking

    There is limited free parking available as well as a paid parking lot across the street from the courthouse.

    Juror Information

    Reporting for Jury Duty

    • On the day before your jury duty, please call the Juror Line after 3:00 p.m. (781-939-2710)
    • You must appear by 8:00 a.m.
    • Report to 2nd Floor
    • When there is severe weather or a public emergency, please call  508-303-8581 (after 7:00 a.m. on the jury date) for a recorded announcement.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Waltham District Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call 617.723.4163 for a free consultation.

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    Woburn District Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    Burlington, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn

    Address & Phone Numbers

    30 Pleasant Street
    Woburn, MA 01801

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 781-935-4000
    Fax: 781-933-4404

    Criminal Department

    Phone: 781-935-4000 x235

    Civil Department

    Phone: 781-935-4000 x258

    Probation Department

    Phone: 781-935-4000
    Fax: 781-932-2593

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    The Woburn District Court is accessible by Bus 134 and Bus 354 of the MBTA. The court is also accessible using the Lowell line of the MBTA. The closest stop is Winchester Center Station, but a taxi is needed to get to the courthouse.
    The MBTA offers a Trip Planner, which enables users to get personalized recommendations.

    Parking

    There is free parking available to the public.

    Juror Information

    Reporting for Jury Duty

    • On the day before your jury duty, please call the Juror Line after 3:00 p.m. (781-933-3839)
    • You must appear by 8:30 a.m.
    • Report to the Lower Level
    • When there is severe weather or a public emergency, please call 781-933-3839 (after 7:00 a.m. on the jury date) for a recorded announcement.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Woburn District Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call 617.723.4163 for a free consultation.

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  • Juvenile Court – Cambridge

    Court Jurisdiction

    Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Somerville, Wakefield

    Address & Phone Numbers

    121 Third Street
    Cambridge, MA 02141

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 617-494-4100

    Probation Department

    Phone: 617-494-4100

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    Public transportation is available via the green line of the MBTA to the Lechmere Station stop or via multiple bus routes. If you arrive at Lechmere station, travel down Cambridge Street and take a left on Third Street. The courthouse is just two blocks down Third Street.

    Parking

    There is metered parking near the court and an flat rate parking lot nearby. There are also two parking garages which charge by the hour. One of the garages is at the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall on 1st Street and the other is between 1st and 2nd Street, with the entrance on the Spring Street.

    Juror Information

    Reporting for Jury Duty

    • On the day before your jury duty, please call the Juror Line after 3:00 p.m. (978-441-2630)
    • You must appear by 8:00 a.m.
    • Report to Lower Level
    • When there is severe weather or a public emergency, please call 978-441-2630  (after 7:00 a.m. on the jury date) for a recorded announcement.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Cambridge Juvenile Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call (617) 723-4163 for a free consultation.

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    Juvenile Court – Framingham

    Court Jurisdiction

    Acton, Ashland, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Natick, Sherborn, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland

    Address & Phone Numbers

    110 Mount Wayte Avenue
    Framingham, MA 01702

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 508-879-3561

    Probation Department

    Phone: 508-879-3561

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    The area of the court is serviced by the MetroWest Transit Authority and the MBTA Commuter Rail.
    It is strongly recommended that you check with the MBTA’s website to receive their updated routes. They offer a Trip Planner, which enables users to get personalized recommendations.

    Parking

    Parking is available at a courthouse lot.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Framingham Juvenile Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call (617) 723-4163 for a free consultation.

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    Juvenile Court – Lowell

    Court Jurisdiction

    Ashby, Ayer, Billerica, Boxborough, Burlington, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, North Reading, Pepperell, Reading, Shirley, Stoneham, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Westford, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn (Care and Protection cases are heard in Cambridge. Delinquency, Youthful Offender, Adult Criminal, Harassment, and Child Requiring Assistance cases are heard in Lowell.)

    Address & Phone Numbers

    89 Appleton Street
    Lowell, MA 01852

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 978-441-2630

    Probation Department

    Phone: 978-441-3160

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    The area of the court is services by the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) which can be reached at 978-452-6161.

    Parking

    There is a public parking garage a block from the courthouse.

    Juror Information

    Reporting for Jury Duty

    • On the day before your jury duty, please call the Juror Line after 3:00 p.m. (978-441-2630)
    • You must appear by 8:00 a.m.
    • Report to Lower Level
    • When there is severe weather or a public emergency, please call 978-441-2630  (after 7:00 a.m. on the jury date) for a recorded announcement.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Lowell Juvenile Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call (617) 723-4163 for a free consultation.

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    Juvenile Court -Waltham

    Court Jurisdiction

    Concord, Newton, Watertown, Waltham and Weston

    Address & Phone Numbers

    38 Linden Street
    Waltham, MA 02452

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 781-899-7672

    Probation Department

    Phone: 781-899-7672

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    The court is accessible by the Fitchburg/South Acton line of the MBTA. The closest stop to the courthouse is Waltham Station. The courthouse is also accessible by Bus 70 of the MBTA.

    Parking

    There is limited free parking available, as well as a paid parking lot across the street from the courthouse.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Waltham Juvenile Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call (617) 723-4163 for a free consultation.

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  • Woburn Superior Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    All cities and towns of Middlesex County

    Address & Phone Numbers

    200 Trade Center, 2nd Floor
    Woburn, MA 01801

    Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 781-939-2700

    Probation Department

    Phone: 978-441-3160

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    For public transportation information to the courthouse, visit the MBTA website or call 800-392-6100.

    Parking

    There is free parking available in a large parking lot at the courthouse.

    Juror Information

    Reporting for Jury Duty

    • On the day before your jury duty, please call the Juror Line after 3:00 p.m. (781-939-2900)
    • You must appear by 9:00 a.m.
    • Report to Room 440
    • When there is severe weather or a public emergency, please call 781-939-2900  (after 7:00 a.m. on the jury date) for a recorded announcement.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Lowell Juvenile Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call (617) 723-4163 for a free consultation.

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    Lowell Superior Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    All cities and towns of Middlesex County

    Address & Phone Numbers

    360 Gorham Street
    Lowell, MA 01852

    Criminal Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 978-453-4181
    Fax:978-970-2386

    Civil Clerk’s Office

    Phone: 978-453-0201
    Fax:978-970-2386

    Probation Department

    Phone: 978-454-7851 x225

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    For public transportation information to the courthouse, call the Lowell Regional Transit Authority at (978) 452-6161 or visit http://www.lrta.com/.

    Parking

    Parking is available in a private garage and on street.

    Juror Information

    Reporting for Jury Duty

    • On the day before your jury duty, please call the Juror Line after 3:00 p.m. (978-442-3199)
    • You must appear by 8:00 a.m.
    • Report to First Floor
    • When there is severe weather or a public emergency, please call 978-442-3199  (after 7:00 a.m. on the jury date) for a recorded announcement.

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    Do you need assistance with your matter in the Lowell Superior Court? Attorney Berman has 18 years of experience handling criminal and civil matters. Call (617) 723-4163 for a free consultation.

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  • Middlesex County Probate and Family Court

    Court Jurisdiction

    All cities and towns in Middlesex County

    Address & Phone Numbers

    208 Cambridge Street
    Cambridge, MA 02141

    Register’s Office

    Phone: 617-768-5800
    Fax: 617-225-0781

    Accounts

    Phone: 617-768-5969

    Adoptions

    Phone: 617-768-5898

    Appeals

    Phone: 617-768-5999

    Divorce

    Phone: 617-768-5850

    Equity

    Phone: 617-768-5902

    Motions

    Phone: 617-768-5919

    Paternity

    Phone: 617-768-5990

    Probate

    Phone: 617-768-5858

    Probation Department

    Phone:617-768-5989

    Hours

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Public Transportation

    Public transportation for the Middlesex Probate and Family Court in Cambridge, at either the 208 Cambridge Street location or the 121 Third Street satellite location can be accessed via the green line to the Lechmere Station stop or multiple bus routes. If you arrive at Lechmere station the main courthouse is diagonally across the street. The Third Street location is just at the corner of the main courthouse and two blocks down on the left.

    Parking

    There is metered parking around the building, an open-air lot across the street at a flat rate and two parking garages which charge hourly. One is at the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall on 1st Street and the other is between 1st and 2nd Street, with the entrance on the cross street, Thorndike Street.

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  • Andrew is a former Assistant District Attorney who has also been appointed as a Special Prosecutor in serious criminal matters involving Police Corruption, Sexual Assault and Attempted Murder. He is an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense trial and appellate attorney who represents individuals in all criminal matters, including…

    • Federal & State Crimes
    • Felonies & Misdemeanors
    • District Court
    • Superior Court
    • Appeals Court
    • Murder
    • Attempted Murder
    • White Collar Crime
    • Sexual Assault
    • Domestic Violence
    • Conspiracy
    • MoneyLaundering
    • Manslaughter
    • Motion to Seal Record
    • Kidnapping
    • Identity Theft
    • Possession Controlled Substances
    • Counterfeiting
    • Illegal Gambling
    • Obstruction of Law Enforcement
    • Domestic Violence
    • Illegal Wiretapping
    • Harassment
    • Bookmaking
    • Motion for a New Trial
    • Clerk Magistrate Hearings

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    Andrew is a former insurance defense attorney who represents people and businesses -plaintiffs and defendants- in both state and federal court. In addition to individuals, he has represented businesses ranging from one-person operations to the biggest retail establishments in the country, facing exposure from the thousands of dollars to the millions, and handles civil cases from pre-suit investigation through trial and, if necessary, to the appeals court. He is an experienced civil litigation trial and appellate attorney who represents individuals and businesses in all civil matters, including…

    • Personal Injury
    • Product Liability
    • Premises Liability
    • Social Host Liability
    • Automobile Accidents
    • Attorney Malpractice
    • Business Disputes
    • Contract Actions
    • Fiduciary Trustee Litigation
    • Estate Litigation
    • Commercial Lease Disputes
    • Property Damage Claims
    • Construction Site Injuries
    • Dram Shop Liability
    • Wrongful Death
    • Victims of Sexual Assault
    • Victims of Assault and Battery
    • Commercial Vehicle Accidents
    • G.L. c. 93A
    • Negligent Security
    • Contractor/Homeowner Construction Disputes

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    • Prospective Client Calls

      Individuals considering retaining Attorney Berman can contact the firm through the Contact form or by calling 617.723.4163. Please include in your message a short statement of the reason for contacting the office, as well as the best method and time to contact you.  Attorney Berman will return your message promptly to learn more about your case and, if appropriate, schedule an initial consultation.

      IF YOUR MATTER REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION, PLEASE CALL OR PUT “URGENT’ IN THE SUBJECT BOX OF THE CONTACT FORM.  You will be contacted immediately.

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    • The Initial Consultation

      The goal of the first meeting is for Attorney Berman to gain a clear understanding of the situation and for both attorney and client to determine whether to enter into a longer, more substantial attorney-client relationship. You should bring with you any documents and paperwork relevant to your case or, if possible, provide them beforehand. During this session, Andrew will gather relevant information, ascertain your objectives and provide you with a preliminary assessment of your situation, including possible strategies and tactics. If the decision is made to move forward, future fee arrangements and a retainer agreement (if applicable) should then be discussed.

      The initial consultation will generally last 30 to 60 minutes and is free of charge.

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    • Fee Agreements

      Below is a general description of the various types of fee agreements considered by Attorney Berman. Ultimately, the type of agreement entered into, and the amount charged, depends on the nature of your case.

      Flat Fee

      A flat fee is a set amount of money that is decided upon at the beginning of the representation, before any work is done on the case. This type of agreement is generally used for certain criminal offenses or in situations that require a limited number of court appearances.

      Hourly Rate

      To state the obvious, in an hourly case, the fee you pay is calculated by multiplying the hourly rate by the number of hours the attorney spends working on your case. Hourly rate agreements are generally used in serious criminal matters, civil defense (representation of an individual or company being sued in Civil court) and certain plaintiff cases (representation of an individual or business suing someone else in Civil Court). The hourly rate and the required retainer will vary depending on type and complexity of the case.

      Contingency Fee 

      A contingency fee agreement is standard in personal injury matters (where an individual brings claims in Civil court for his or her personal injuries) and may also be used in certain other types of plaintiff cases.  The fee your attorney earns is, as the name suggests, contingent upon there being a monetary recovery in your case and there is no fee due unless we win your case.   A fairly standard percentage for a contingent fees is one-third of the total recovery.   These types of agreements are not ethically permitted in criminal cases.

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    • Client Bill of Rights

      1. You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by Attorney Berman and the other lawyers and non-lawyer personnel in the office.

      2. You are entitled to have Attorney Berman and any other attorney handle your legal matter competently and diligently, in accordance with the highest standards of the profession.  If you are not satisfied with how your matter is being handled, you have the right to discharge your attorney and terminate the attorney-client relationship at any time.

      3. You are entitled to Attorney Berman’s independent professional judgment and undivided loyalty uncompromised by conflicts of interest.

      4. You are entitled to be charged reasonable fees and expenses and to have Attorney Berman explain before or within a reasonable time after commencement of the representation how the fees and expenses will be computed and the manner and frequency of billing. You may refuse to enter into any arrangement for fees and expenses that you find unsatisfactory.  In hourly cases, you are entitled to request and receive a written itemized bill at reasonable intervals.

      5.  You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed promptly and to receive a prompt reply to your letters, telephone calls, emails, faxes, and other communications.

      6.  You are entitled to be kept reasonably informed as to the status of your matter and are entitled to have Attorney Berman promptly comply with your reasonable requests for information, including your requests for copies of papers relevant to the matter.  You are entitled to sufficient information to allow you to participate meaningfully in the development of your matter and make informed decisions regarding representation.

      7.  You are entitled to have your legitimate objectives respected.  In particular, the decision of whether to settle your matter in a civil case, or enter into a plea agreement in a criminal case, is yours alone.

      8.  You have the right to privacy in your communications with Attorney Berman, and anyone working for him or on his behalf, and to have your confidential information preserved to the extent permitted by law.

      9. You are entitled to have Attorney Berman, and anyone working for him or on his behalf, conduct himself or herself ethically in accordance with the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Responsibility.

      10.  You may not be refused representation on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

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