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Middleborough Guardianships and Adoptions Lawyers

Plymouth family attorneys helping parents and children

The Studley Law Offices is dedicated to children’s well-being. The courts have recognized our exceptional knowledge about children’s issues, appointing lawyer John Studley as guardian ad litem in more than 40 child custody disputes and estate settlement cases. Our Plymouth county family lawyers have 38 years of combined experience guiding families through the adoption and guardianship processes. We answer your questions and walk you step-by-step through each stage of your case.

Adoption in Massachusetts

The day you bring your child home is one of the most exciting times of your life. The adoption process however, can be challenging. Our lawyers in Plymouth County assist you through every step of the process — from choosing the right adoption options to participating in a home study and ultimately the finalization of your adoption. The adoption services we offer include:

  • Adoptions through the Massachusetts Health and Human Services Department
  • Stepchild adoptions
  • Agency adoptions
  • Private adoptions
  • Contracts for open adoptions
  • Home study preparations
  • Refuting negative home study results
  • Filing court documents
  • Petitions for finalization of adoption
  • International adoptions
  • Legal name changes
  • Adoption disputes
  • Termination of parental rights issues

Guardianship laws of MA

Parents are typically considered the guardians of their children, but certain circumstances require the courts to appoint another adult to serve as their guardian. The probate court appoints a guardian when the parents of minors die — usually the person the parents name in their last wills. If parents are found unfit, the family law courts may appoint a temporary or permanent guardian to care for the children. Our attorneys advise you about guardianship of minor children, including if you are:

  • A guardian appointed by the court
  • A parent naming a guardian through your testamentary documents
  • An individual who is petitioning the court for guardianship rights
  • A family member who is contesting guardianship in probate court

Learn more about how our Middleborough adoption and guardian lawyers can help you

When involved in an adoption or guardianship case in Middleborough, MA or the surrounding areas, contact the Studley Law Offices. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 508-923-7207 or 800-640-2889 or contact us online.

  • "John Studley helped me thru a very difficult time in my life. He explained everything to me and made me feel independent in my decisions. He got me more than I expected. Thanks to You and your team." - Diane - December 9, 2016

  • "I completely agree with a prior reviewer...a complete class act! He is highly efficient, extremely knowledgeable, personable, totally professional, highly successful and very entertaining. I have dealt with Atty. Studley on a few matters over the course of 12 years and he (and his staff!) have consistently provided the time and means to successfully litigate my cases/issues. I was fortunate enough that he was referred to me and I have had absolutely no regrets. If you're looking for the best, he's the person to hire." - L - December 1, 2016

  • "Posted by Michelle September 16, 2015 John Studley is a true class act. I have been a client of his since 2008. He puts the needs of the child first and foremost. He is direct and honest with his clients in a compassionate manner. I would highly recommend Studley Law Offices. I have great faith in John, Sandy and the rest of the team and I remain truly greatful for all of their hard work." - Michelle - September 16, 2015

  • "Attorney Studley and his staff are exceptional! They all are very professional, courteous, efficient and empathetic for our case. Attorney Studley knew the "ins and outs" of the laws and was able to implement them in our case. He was always available to us in a timely manner. He explained various situations and avenues we needed to explore. He provided us with the information we needed to move forward in our case. Attorney Studley was always prepared for any situation in court. He even had copies of documents that the judge did not have available to him during court proceedings. We have already recommended him to a fellow grandparent and would do so again." - Bev - August 31, 2015

  • "John Studley is very professional. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer. He kept me informed by promptly responding to my emails and phone calls." - Roger - January 31, 2015

  • "John and his staff were very professional from the beginning. He is very persistent and thorough. My case took over a year to settle but his staff had to do a lot of research. They constantly kept me in the loop as to how the case was progressing. I would not hesitate to use his services again." - Ron - August 21, 2014

  • "John helped my family in a difficult child custody case. His excellent work was instrumental in saving my granddaughters from ongoing physical and mental abuse." - Tom - August 12, 2014

  • "This was my first experience dealing with a lawyer. I found John Studley to be very professional in dealing with my case. He explained everything to me in detail and his knowledge of the law reassured me that my case was justified. I had complete trust in him as he was confident and I would highly recommend him to any person in need a lawyer. John dealt with my personal injury case. He set up appointments with Doctors, Neurologists and Physical therapists for me. He and his team were very responsive in returning my phone calls and communicated all correspondence in this matter. He showed a compassion for my health and well being during a difficult time in my life. He was instrumental in facilitating a fair settlement in my case." - Brian - February 21, 2014

  • "John Studley has been my attorney for over 20 years and has never disappointed me. He is, in my opinion the best lawyer you could have. Rest assured that if you have Attorney Studley for your lawyer he will definitelyl do the best that he can do for you. He definitely is a cut above the rest..." - Edna - February 11, 2014



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Through our attorneys' unwavering dedication, The Studley Law Offices has achieved successful results on behalf of many of our clients. Please read more about some of the verdicts and settlements of which we are most proud.
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