Limited Assistance Representation

With Limited Assistance Representation, litigants can engage an attorney for part of the case without the costs of full representation.

Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) is when an attorney represents or assists a litigant with part, but not all, of his or her legal matter, instead of the standard full representation on an entire case. With LAR, litigants can engage an attorney for part of the case—a crucial event, like the case management conference or a motion to dismiss—without the costs of full representation. The attorney and litigant enter into a detailed agreement defining what tasks the attorney will be responsible for and what tasks the litigant will be responsible for.

Information for Litigants

LAR permits attorneys to assist clients on a limited basis without fully representing the client in all aspects of litigation.  The client and attorney agree on the specific, discrete tasks to be performed by each.  Depending on the nature of the attorney’s involvement, the attorney may or may not enter an appearance with the court.

Frequently asked questions

Finding a lawyer to provide LAR


Information for Lawyers

Included here are resources for judges, attorneys, and other personnel participating in the Limited Assistance Representation Project. This includes training manuals as well as a form for attorneys to complete should they want to be considered as a participant in LAR for the Probate and Family Court.

Additional Resources for Information for Lawyers

Limited Assistance Representation forms

Limited Assistance Representation forms 

Additional Resources for Limited Assistance Representation forms

Standing Orders

Boston Municipal Court

District Court

Housing Court

Land Court

Probate and Family Court  

Superior Court


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