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Legal Malpractice Lawyer Resources

The Law Office of Neil Burns is a law office that represents victims of legal malpractice.  We have devoted this page of our website to folks that need resources to research their own issues, and learn what resources there are out there.

The following are Massachusetts resources

Board of Bar Overseers / Office of the Bar Counsel

This site is to the Board of Bar Overseers and the Office of Bar Counsel which governs lawyer discipline in Massachusetts.  The Board of Bar Overseers investigates claims against Massachusetts attorneys and the Office of the Bar Counsel litigates complaints against lawyers.  We generally do not assist clients in filing claims with the BBO.

The BBO has a system that is very easy for clients to use:  you fill out their form to submit a claim and they forward the claim to the attorney.  The attorney is required to respond.  You will get a copy of the response.  After that, the BBO determines what, if anything, they will do.  They will keep you informed.

Attorney Database Lookup – Board of Bar Overseers
This site enables you to look up the status of all Massachusetts attorneys.  There is not much information, but you can determine the address, status (active, retired, etc.) and whether the attorney says he or she has legal malpractice insurance.  This is critical information for a legal malpractice case.

Massachusetts Clients’ Security Board
The Board that oversees return of monies that Attorneys have taken.  This Board can be helpful, but only if moneys were stolen.

Bar Association Referral Sources

Boston Bar Association 
A private bar association with a referral service.  Our office, along with many other offices, are listed with the BBO referral service.

Massachusetts Bar Association 
A private bar association with a referral service.  Again, we are members of this referral service.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Homepage
Massachusetts State government; you can find most government agencies through this link.  Many client have undertaken significant research via this resource.

National and Regional Bar Association Links 
A list of many bar association websites around the country.

Newspapers and Libraries

Lawyers Weekly – Homepage
The only major news publication for lawyers in Massachusetts.  There is a subscription fee, however, some information is free.  And, if you need a case, they will send it to you for their fee.

Social Law Library, Boston, Massachusetts 
An excellent resource with a new main library located at the newly refurbished John Adams Courthouse, across the street from our office in Boston.

Resource Guide to Publications and Services – Center for Professional Responsibility 
American Bar Association website focusing on legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Court Websites

Federal Courts.

Massachusetts Courts