GARY ALLEN LAW
Limited Assistance Representation Is An Affordable Alternative To Full Case Representation
The Massachusetts Trial Court permits attorneys who have completed the Uniform Protocol for Limited Assistance Representation Training to offer Limited Assistance Representation (“LAR”) to clients seeking help with only certain parts of a larger matter, when the client chooses not to opt for full representation. Attorney Gary Allen has completed the training and is qualified to offer Limited Assistance Representation.
Limited Assistance Representation is an agreeemnt where the attorney represents or assists a party in a case only with particular tasks, but not all, of his or her legal matter, instead of the standard full representation on an entire case. With LAR, a party can hire an attorney for a central or critical part of a case, such as a pretrial hearing, case management conference or a motion to dismiss—without the costs of full representation. The attorney and client enter into a detailed agreement defining what tasks the attorney will be responsible for and what tasks the client will be responsible for. This policy change permits attorneys to contract with clients to handle only certain tasks in a case, rather than providing full representation in a matter. This option was permitted by the Supreme Judicial Court after a series of pilot programs conducted since 2006.
LAR is often beneficial to clients whose cases involve housing, family disputes or less complex types of business disputes typically heard in civil courts, including small claims. If you need assistance with a part of a matter you are handling on your own, contact Attorney Gary Allen to discuss whether Limited Assistance Representation would be appropriate for your situation.