Boston Law Collaborative’s COVID-19 Policy

BLC’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Policy is to provide information and reassurance to help protect all of our clients, guests and employees.

To help protect BLC’s community, we have canceled all upcoming trainings, and will be sending updates once they have been rescheduled.

For those visiting our offices, we are taking precautions by washing our hands, offering hand sanitizer, implementing a “no-handshake policy,” are minimizing communal food, and suggest parties and attendees do not exchange business cards. We are also making sure that our meeting space is thoroughly cleaned before and after each use by wiping down the tables and chairs, and using Lysol spray on items.

For those who do not want to or are unable to make it to an in-person meeting, we have the capacity for videoconferencing or telephone sessions; and during this time period, we will be offering free cancellations.

BLC would like to remind everyone:

  • If you think you have been exposed to someone with the virus or are experiencing symptoms, please do not go out.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

BLC is continuing to monitor updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local officials, and will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions in the best interest of our clients and employees.

Policies and Fees

Privacy:  BLC does not, and will not, collect or use information about who visits this site. We will not contact you unless you ask us to do so.

Confidentiality:  We maintain the confidentiality of all client information, as required by the lawyers’ Model Code of Professional Conduct and other applicable professional codes. Although BLC has space-sharing arrangements with several professionals from fields other than law, we do not discuss the specifics of our cases with them, or they with us, without express permission from our respective clients.

Fees:  One of our goals is to make our services affordable. We reduce our fees, in appropriate circumstances, for clients who cannot afford our ordinary rates. Click here for information about our fees and billing policies for legal services and dispute resolution services.

Expenses:  We do not bill clients for routine out-of-pocket expenses such as postage, copying, and phone calls. We consider that part of our overhead. If we incur a substantial expense on behalf of a client (such as an unusually large copying project, or a substantial amount of overnight delivery service), we will pass that cost through to the client, without markup, at our cost.

Walking the talk:  We believe in dispute resolution, and we do our best to practice what we preach. In the unlikely event that we have a disagreement with a vendor, a client, or anyone else, we are willing to participate in mediation to try to resolve the matter.

Public interest and pro bono work:  All attorneys and administrative staff are permitted (indeed, encouraged) to take off one week per year without loss of pay, in addition to vacations and holidays, to perform public service or community service work for a non-profit public interest or public service organization. Attorneys may instead perform, in accordance with Rule 6.1 of the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct, the equivalent of one week’s worth of work per year (or more if a case needs the additional time) for indigent clients or for charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the needs of people with limited means.