March 26, 2019

Limited Assistance Representation (LAR)

If you unsure whether you need an attorney to represent you for a whole case, you may want to consider Limited Assistance Representation (LAR). LAR lets you get legal help for part of a case, while you are still responsible for the other parts of the case. Therefore, LAR typically costs less than hiring a lawyer to take your whole case.

LAR is available in any non-criminal cases in:

  • Superior Court
  • Probate and Family Court
  • Housing Court
  • District Court
  • Boston Municipal Court
  • Land Court

You and the LAR lawyer must agree to which parts of the case the lawyer will handle. The lawyer will write up an agreement for both of you to sign.

Here are some examples of help a certified LAR lawyer can provide:

  • Review and explain legal documents
  • Coach you on how to represent yourself in court
  • Represent you at a negotiation, mediation, hearing, or trial

The Boston Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service can provide referrals to LAR certified lawyers. You call the Boston Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at 617-742-0625, connect with an area online 24/7 by clicking “Get Started” here, or by submitting an email request online today.