Is there an expedited process for obtaining a Certificate of Admission or Good Standing? No. All requests will be handled in order of submission. There is no expedited process. Attorneys are responsible for making requests that will allow the timely return of the CGS for their business purposes. While this new, online process and electronic returns should allow for improved service, customers are advised to allow up to seven (7) days to complete the process. If necessary, the receipt for the Certificate should provide proof of processing.
Is there any other way to request a Certificate of Admission and Good Standing or certified copy of a Petition for Admission? No.
Can I request more than one Certificate of Good Standing? Yes. You can request more than one certificate for more than one attorney or multiple certificates for the same attorney.
Can I request that the CGS be sent to more than one person/place? You would need to make separate requests with separate recipient addresses.
Can I have the original documents mailed to me? Yes. Contact the firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, date you purchased the Certificate, and, where you would like the materials mailed.
Can I pick up the original documents? Yes. Send an email with a copy of your receipt to email@example.com. Provide your name, contact information and request a date and time to pick up the Certificate. Obviously getting your CGS at the Courthouse will not reduce your processing time.
How long is the Certificate valid? Massachusetts’ CGS are valid for thirty (30) days.
How will I know if my Certificate is being processed? The receipt for you Certificate of Good Standing ensures that your CGS is being processed. If you do not receive your Certificate within 5 days, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is the Certificate the same as a “disciplinary history? No. To obtain a letter of grievance or a letter of disciplinary history, follow the instructions in Other Requirements in Certain Jurisdictions.
What if the jurisdiction does NOT want a Certificate but, instead, has its own form? After you submit the payment and have a confirmation number, follow the instructions in Other Requirements in Certain Jurisdictions.
What if I do NOT have a registration (BBO Number Yet)? Use not applicable.
What if I do NOT remember when I took the bar exam? Use your best guess. We will contact you if there is an issue.
What if I do NOT remember the actual date of admission? Use your best guess. We will contact you if there is an issue.
When should I receive the Certificate or Certified copy of a Petition? Barring any issues, the Certificate of Admission and Good Standing is usually issued within 3-5 business days and the certified copy of a Petition for Admission within 5-10 business days.
How do I get more information about paying by ACH? There is a link on the ordering website with a link for ACH FAQs.
What if I have a question that is not answered by these FAQs? Then please refer to Contact Us and email this office. We will try to respond as quickly as possible.