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Fall River Probate and Family Court Registry to Open to the Public

Taunton Bristol County Register of Probate Thomas C. Hoye Jr is pleased to announce that our Fall River Registry will reopen to the public on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. It is located at 289 Rock Street, Fall River, on the second floor. “The restrictions due to the pandemic resulted in the temporary closure of this location in the fall. The Trial Court has lifted staffing restrictions, so, we are now able to open and operate this location. Fall River is a busy court and I am happy to be able to have the Registry fully operational and ready to serve the community.  Unfortunately, we are not able to open the New Bedford location just yet due to the District Court needing to utilize the space temporarily. However, we will open that location as soon as possible.” Both the Fall River and the Taunton Registry locations will be open to the public daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Attorney’s and litigants are also encouraged to access the registry remotely using our Virtual Registry, available at This service is available daily from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and again from 1:00 pm to 4:15 pm. Registry staff is available to answer all your questions using our Zoom capabilities.  We also have our Lawyer of the Day program with our calendar of availability on the website. The website also provides our most up to date office information as well as links to needed Probate and Family Court forms.   We look forward to seeing everyone soon.


Please try to limit in-person visits whenever possible.

For Immediate Assistance Please Visit

The Bristol Probate and Family Court Virtual Registry

virtual REGISTRY




The Bristol County Probate and Family Court Virtual Registry 

will now be available daily from 9:00am to 12:00pm and then from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

The Virtual Registry will give you full access to all of our Registry services.

Please click on the link below to get started or dial in!

Zoom Link ::

Telephone Dial In :: 1-646-828-7666

Meeting ID :: 1612606196

virtual lawyer of the day

I am proud to announce that the

Bristol County Probate and Family Court Virtual Lawyer of the Day

program will be available:

June 18th, 2021 :: 2:00am to 4:00am

June 21st, 2021 :: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

June 28th, 2021 :: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Use this link to enter via zoom

Use this phone number and meeting ID to call in 


Telephone Dial In :: 1-646-828-7666

Meeting ID :: 1612606196


The Volunteer Lawyer of the Day will assist pro se litigants

understand the law and their rights. The Lawyer may also assist with forms.

I am grateful to the Bristol County Bar Association for their assistance in getting this much needed program off the ground, without their investment of time this program does not happen . On behalf of our great team here the the BCP&FC a heartfelt thank you!


Tom Hoye, Register

Court Updates


In accordance with Standing Order 2-20 only emergency matters that cannot be resolved through a video-conference or telephonic hearing will be granted in-person hearings.


The Taunton Bristol Probate & Family Court Registry is open at this time. Please try to limit in person visits when possible. All inquires can be handled through the Virtual Registry.


Please email emergency filings to


Non-Emergency filings can be e-filed in accordance to what is accepted through our e-file system or can be mailed to 40 Broadway, Taunton, Ma 02780.  Drop boxes for non-emergency filings are available in the Taunton Trial Court Lobby and outside of Taunton Registry

First Justice Field has issued a Temporary Case Management Protocol applicable to filings in Bristol County which can be found by clicking here.

Our office is working with reduced staffing but we remain ready to assist litigants over the Virtual Registry in handling their cases.  We thank you for your patience and wish you and your family safety and peace of mind in these challenging times.

Covid-19 (Corona Virus) Update



Guidance From the Trial Court

Probate & Family Court Chief Justice Casey has posted documents providing guidance to parents and GALs during this time:

- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

- Parenting Time During COVID-19

- Parent Education Program Requirements

- Guardian ad litem Evaluations, Investigations, & Reports

For the the most up-to-date information please consult

Click here for more details and access to Standing Orders.

The Bristol Probate & Family Court

has partnered with the Kinship Navigator Program!! Their staff will be available on our Virtual Registry every Wednesday

from 10am to 12pm. Please use the link provided under our Virtual Registry to speak with them privately about what resources are available to you as guardians.

The Kinship Navigator is a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that assists all kinship guardians / caregivers (grandparents and other relatives) with accessing services online and with assistance from Kinship Navigator staff

to help cultivate strong, stable and successful families


To learn more about this program or to apply for their assistance please click on the link below


Kinship Navigator Information


This website has been created to help Bristol County residents access resources for the Probate & Family Court. 

If you need further assistance please contact our Virtual Registry

Our goal is to make your interactions with our court as efficient and professional as possible and we look forward to helping you in any way we can. 


Thank you for visiting the Bristol County Probate & Family Court Registry website.

Thomas C. Hoye Jr.        

   Register of Probate           

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