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According to Mass. Division of Banks Opinions 13-018 and 16-002, “if a law firm’s principal purpose is the collection of debts, or where the firm regularly collects or attempts to collect debts owed or asserted to be owed to another, such law firm is required to be licensed as a debt collector in the Commonwealth.”

Law firms have until six months from February 11, 2016 to comply. More information is available from the Division of Banks.

Update: The policy has changed. See Attorneys Won’t Need to Register as Debt Collectors After All

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