If there is some potential barrier to obtaining or renewing a professional license in Massachusetts — such as a criminal conviction in another jurisdiction — there is a right way and wrong way to fill out the form. The wrong approach may result in rejection of the application or investigation and severe sanctions by a disciplinary board.
Boston attorneys Sigmund Roos and Jessica Block offer legal counsel for sensitive situations in which a professional license and one's livelihood are jeopardized. Sigmund Roos regularly appears before the more than 30 licensing boards in Massachusetts governing the licensure of lawyers, doctors, social workers, veterinarians, physical therapists, nurses, real estate brokers, accountants, and allied health professionals, among others. The firm fields many calls from out-of-state professionals who are seeking licensure assistance in Massachusetts.
Addressing Potential Barriers To Licensure Or Relicensure
Anytime you are signing your name to the veracity of an application, the best practice is to be forthcoming. Dealing proactively with a licensure threat will usually work out better in the long run than false statements or omissions.
Attorney Sigmund Roos advises clients on how to address specific questions on the application form that could nullify eligibility or trigger an inquiry, such as:
- A criminal conviction
- Treatment for substance abuse
- A complaint of harassment
- A finding or judgment of professional malpractice
- Allegations of breach of fiduciary duty
- Questions of academic credentials or Massachusetts residency
Need legal advice about license applications or renewals? Call 617-223-1900 or send us an email.