Taunton, MA asked in Civil Litigation for Massachusetts

Q: If I'm represented by an attorney at a firm, can all his colleagues assist in the case without filing notice to appear

Are all attorneys assisting with a civil matter required to file a notice of appearance?

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William J. Amann
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A: Yes. The attorneys who file an appearance are the lawyers of record with the court on your behalf. That doesn't mean other lawyers in the firm cannot assist, behind the scenes, on a case. I think it's a matter of degree and what they are doing. Conducting legal research or drafting memos seems fine. If the assistance takes the form of dealing with other parties outside of the firm in letters or phone calls, it might be a good idea for them to file an appearance.

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