Warning: Please be advised that information transmitted over the internet is not always secure. Public employees are advised to submit all on-line requests for legal advice using their own personal-home computer on a secure network. Use of a computer provided by an employer or others may not protect your security. The Ethics Commission expressly states that it will not be responsible for any breaches of security that occur during the submission and transmittal of information contained in on-line requests for legal advice, which may be obtained by completing the form below. In addition, please be advised that the Commisison will not return any original materials submitted in support of requests for legal advice.


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Please explain why you are requesting advice. Briefly describe your situation and state your question.


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Please note that telephone advice provided by the Legal Division is binding and carries the same weight as a written opinion.  An Attorney from the Legal Division will return your call as soon as possible, and within 1 business day if you indicate that the matter requires an urgent response because it is a time-sensitive issue, such as you need to get advice on the issue before you attend a meeting that evening.  If you do not receive a telephone call or a message within two business days, please call 617-371-9500, to inquire about the status of your request.



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Please note that it generally takes 30 business days for the Legal Division to process a request for an informal written opinion. However, if you do not receive a letter indicating that we have received your request for advice within one week of submission, please call 617-371-9500 to inquire about the status of your request.