Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS Legal Advisory Plan

MMS Legal Advisory Plan

“Since I was not a Plan member when I received a Board complaint, it cost me thousands of dollars for an attorney to resolve the issue. The Plan is an incredible bargain.” — MMS Member

The MMS Legal Advisory Plan (LAP)*, an exclusive members-only, low-cost legal service, provides expert advice from attorneys on Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine (BORIM) matters.

Protecting your medical license is paramount to preserving your reputation and continuing your career. Any Board of Registration in Medicine (BORIM) discipline may have devastating consequences.

Some BORIM investigations include:

  • Patient complaints of the physician being rude, not listening, and/or dismissing health concern
  • Not completing your medical license application correctly
  • Failure to report misconduct by other physicians

With a BORIM complaint or investigation, it is not recommended that you respond personally. Hiring an attorney can be quite costly, possibly reaching thousands of dollars.


Save Money

For a nominal fee of $70* a year, you will have access to attorneys** that:

  • Specialize in BORIM matters
  • Deliver a well-crafted response to BORIM, which would otherwise cost thousands of dollars
  • Represent you at an informal BORIM conference, which will save you even more money


Bridge Your Legal Gap

  • Your professional liability policy may be limited to a certain coverage amount for BORIM matters. Since it is possible to quickly go through your coverage maximum, using the Plan first provides an extra layer of coverage.
  • Using your policy coverage first could potentially increase your insurance premium.


Bonus Benefits

  • Free extra 30-minute BORIM consultation, whether or not the LAP member has received notice of a complaint or investigation
  • Free quarterly newsletter, The Legal Advisor, on Board matters and changing laws that affect your medical license and career
  • 25% savings on The Legal Advisor online CME courses 
  • Additional discounts for groups of five or more physicians


LAP Sheet

Review a sample of Board complaint case studies that may impact your medical license and career.

If you need assistance or have questions, please email lap@massmed.org or call (781) 434-7311.

* Full details of the Legal Advisory Plan | Includes application form (.pdf, 4 pages)

**Plan’s legal counsel, Adler, Cohen, Harvey, Wakeman and Guekguezian, LLP


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