BayState Legal Defense Service Annual membership fee in the BayState Legal Defense Service.
You need to protect yourself and your family. If you are a police officer, correction officer, teacher, municipal official or other public employee, you are uniquely vulnerable to lawsuits, internal discipline and criminal prosecution. A recent national study has shown that a public employee is at higher risk of being sued than virtually any professional in the private sector. In addition to civil claims, law enforcement officers may face criminal prosecution as a result of unfounded allegations on the part of suspects, inmates and supervisors.
Baystate Legal Defense lawyers will be there for you
In support of employees of municipalities, counties and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, attorneys at Louison, Costello, Condon & Pfaff, LLP created the Baystate Legal Defense Fund. As a member of the defense fund, you will not have to face those charges alone. Our attorneys are knowledgeable, aggressive and experienced trial lawyers, prepared to defend and protect you against lawsuits and criminal charges. As a member of the service, you will have access to a lawyer when you need one.
As a member of the Baystate Legal Defense Fund, you pay only annual dues. You will not be charged any legal fees for representation in any issue arising from the execution of your duties as a public employee.
Membership in the Baystate Legal Defense Fund provides representation at internal investigations, at departmental disciplinary hearings, at state or federal appeals, in civil lawsuits and in defense of criminal charges. These services are all included at no charge for members.
Personal injury claims, DUI defense and real estate law
Membership in the defense fund entitles you and your family to discounted legal fees for representation in a wide range of matters:
Personal injury: If a member of your family suffers an accidental injury, our lawyers will reduce our usual contingency fee, and we charge no fee unless you collect damages. Claims we handle include those involving the following:
- Car or truck accident
- Dog bite
- Dangerous product
- Construction accident
- Slip and fall/premises liability
- Sexual harassment
- Medical malpractice
- Insurance dispute
- Dram shop/liquor liability
Real estate: Our lawyers reduce closing fees for defense fund members for all real estate transactions, purchases and refinances, and our firm arranges reduced closing costs with mortgages through our affiliated mortgage providers.
Estate planning, Medicaid planning, asset protection and other legal services: As a member of the fund, please call Louison, Costello, Condon & Pfaff, LLP with any legal question. It is our goal to see that our public servants and their families have high-quality legal services at a reasonable cost.
If you would like to speak with one of our lawyers about the Baystate Legal Defense Service or if you have any other question, please contact our law firm's Boston offices. Our practice serves clients throughout the state of Massachusetts.