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Heather M. Ward

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  • Family Law attorney needed to fight for visitation. I have very limited funds . How do I get representation?

    I have received visitation a few times only to have decision reversed on grounds of jurisdiction. My X is bitter and continues to relocate to keep me away from my children.

    Heather’s Answer

    You may be interested in exploring "limited assistance representation" (LAR) with a family law attorney. Look for an attorney who is LAR qualified on this forum, or by checking with your local Probate & Family Court, both online and at the Registry's office.

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  • I'm in Boston, MA and I need to find an attorney that will help me with my divorce at low cost. Can anyone help me?

    Basically the situation is that my spouse had been having an affair for the past four years. She became pregnant from the other guy and lied to me about the paternity of the child. The child is 2 1/2 years old and I have raised her since birth. ...

    Heather’s Answer

    You may also want to look into lawyers who are certified to represent clients on a Limited Assistance Representation ("LAR") Basis. Each Probate & Family Court clerk's office should have a list of Limited Assistance Representation certified attorneys. The lists can also be found online on the court's website. Many Limited Assistance attorneys charge a reduced rate.

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  • How do I appeal a Temporary Order from the Probate and Family Court???

    I just got an order that is based on a facts (quoted in the order) that are patently untrue. It's like it is someone else's order.

    Heather’s Answer

    If you do so in a timely fashion, you may file a "Motion for Reconsideration" of the judge's (temporary) order. See the Standing Order rules in MA Probate & Family Court on how to file such a motion.

    Otherwise, as some of my colleagues have stated, absent error of law on the judge's part you may have to wait until a final judgment in entered for relief. If there was an error of law, however, you could try to file an Interlocutory Appeal in the MA Appeals Court.

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  • Visitation rights for incarcerated father.

    Hello , I am looking for a family lawyer to help getting visitation rights . Is there anyone that offers a reasonable price also who is open to pro bono work ? the father is incarcerated but has joint custody of the child . The mother just ref...

    Heather’s Answer

    In the event the father is interested in hiring an attorney on a limited basis, the Probate and Family courts do have a list of certified Limited Assistance Representation lawyers that may be able to assist in this matter. Some even have their pricing listed to give you an idea of what fees the lawyer charges. Good luck to you!

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  • Where can I find pro bono, low cost, or attorneys that accept payment plans in central massachusetts area?

    Specifically Worcester county..Leominster MA. I just cant afford the up front retainer fees the majority of lawyers ask for. Also the legal aid places seem to only take on domestic violence cases. I am looking for one who specializes in custody DC...

    Heather’s Answer

    Try the Volunteer Lawyers Project (http://www.vlpnet.org/) for free legal aid; if you do not qualify, call my office! (http://www.heatherwardlaw.com/)

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