About the Hampshire County Bar Association

The Hampshire County Bar Association is a service organization composed of attorneys, and is dedicated to improving the quality of the practice of law in this county by providing support to the community, the bench and the bar on relevant local issues.

The organization’s purpose is to maintain the honor of the profession, to promote the administration of justice, to advance the science of jurisprudence, and to foster and encourage cooperation and good fellowship among the members of the bar as a non-profit corporation.

We are one of the most respected Bar Associations in Massachusetts, and are proud to be a responsive, innovative and active Bar Association whose members take leadership roles in issues facing the legal community. The Hampshire County Bar Association offers many services and programs to the local community and its members such as the Domestic Relations Program for Children, Hampshire Conciliation Program, Hampshire Elder Law Program, Lawyer Referral Service, Lawyer for the Day (Probate and Housing Court), Probate Court Art, College Award.

Hampshire County Bar Membership

Click here to be taken to our online application form.
Or if you prefer, on that same page you may download a pdf or Word version of the form, and mail it with your membership fee to:
Hampshire County Bar Association
15 Gothic Street, Suite 10
Northampton, MA 01060-3084

Hampshire County Bar Association membership benefits include the Side-Bar monthly newsletter, discounted registration fees to MBA and MCLE co-sponsored CLE programs, discounts on various products and services, participation on the bench/bar committees, and more.

Click here to find out more about membership.

FREE Lawyer Referral Service

Call our FREE Lawyer Referral Service at (413) 586­-8729. You will be referred to an experienced Hampshire County lawyer.
Find out more here.

If you can not afford an attorney, please check our Legal Resources section for available public assistance programs.

Areas of Law:
Administrative Law
Business Law & Corporation
Civil Rights/Discrimination
Common Carrier Property Loss
Consumer Protection
Criminal-District (Misdemeanor)
Criminal-Superior (Felony)
Domestic Relations/ Paternity
Education Law
Elder Law
Employment Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental Law
General Litigation
Income Taxes
Labor Law
Landlord & Tenant
Legal Malpractice
License Suspension, M/V App.
Medical Malpractice
Mental Health Law
Municipal Law
Patent, Trademark
Probate of Estates
Products Liability
Real Estate
Tort Claims
Veteran’s Claims
Wills / Trusts
Workers Compensation

Programs & Services

Listed below are some of our public programs and services. For a complete list, see the “For the Public” tab on the menu bar above.

The Conciliation Program provides mediation services free of charge to parties with cases in the Hampshire Probate and Family Court.
For family law cases: divorce, modification, paternity, guardianship of minors/adults, and also for contested probate matters.
Click here to find out more, or call (413) 586­-8500 x112

This program educates divorcing parents about how to help their children cope with the divorce.

Click here to read more.

For The Children is a supportive parent education program that focuses on the needs of children of never-married parents.

Click here to find out more.

O1C is a communication skills program for separated and divorced parents who have previously completed a court-mandated parent education program.
Learn parent communication skills, which can can help you solve problems faster, save money by avoiding long court battles, and create a calmer atmosphere for your child and for yourself.

Click here to find out more.

The Hampshire Elder Law Program (H.E.L.P.) provides representation for the civil legal needs of low income elders sixty years of age or older and who reside in Hampshire County.

Click here to find out more.