Anyone who is covered by the conflict of interest law may request free legal advice about how the law applies to them in a particular situation. The advice is confidential in most circumstances. You may request advice by calling the "Attorney-Of-The-Day," or online, or in writing by U.S. Mail.


Please do not request advice for the same question using more than one of these methods.


Please note that the Legal Division will not return any original materials submitted in support of requests for legal advice.
 

1. Call the "Attorney-of-the-Day" (617) 371-9500/(888) 485-4766

The Attorney-of-the-Day 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.

 OR

2. Make a Request Online

You may submit a request for telephone or written advice from the Legal Division. If you request telephone advice, the Attorney-of-the-Day 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 request written advice, you generally will receive an informal written opinion from the Legal Division within 30 days. 

OR

3. Send a Letter Requesting an Informal Written Advisory Opinion

To request an informal written opinion from the Legal Division, please include all relevant facts and a specific question. You generally will receive an informal written advisory opinion from the Legal Division within 30 days. Please mail your request to:

State Ethics Commission
Legal Division
One Ashburton Place, Room 619
Boston, MA 02108.

The Legal Division gives advisory opinions pursuant to G.L. c. 268B, § 3(g) and 930 CMR 3.01.

 

The Legal Division will NOT respond to requests seeking advice concerning:


1. The conduct of another individual

The Legal Division may provide you only with advice concerning your own conduct.
 

2. Conduct that has already occurred

        The Legal Division may provide you only with advice concerning your future conduct.
 

3. Issues that are not covered under G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law

The Legal Division may only provide you with advice concerning G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law and 268B, the enabling statute for the State Ethics Commission.