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
- Probate and Family Court: Frequently Asked Questions for Litigants
- Boston Municipal Court: Frequently Asked Questions for Litigants
- Housing Court: Frequently Asked Questions for Litigants
- Land Court: Limited Assistance Representation Information Sheet
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.
- Trial Court Rule XVI: Uniform Rule on Limited Assistance Representation
- Attorney Registration to Provide LAR in the Housing Court
- Frequently Asked Questions for Judges, Court Personnel and Attorneys
- Limited Assistance Representation Project FAQs for Judges, Court Personnel and Attorneys
- Limited Assistance Representation Training Manual
- Uniform Limited Assistance Representation Training Protocol
- Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) Attorney Listing Information [Form]
- List of Attorneys Participating in LAR (Boston Municipal Court)
Limited Assistance Representation forms
Trial Court Rule XVI: Uniform Rule on Limited Assistance Representation (approved November 29, 2018, effective February 1, 2019)