Licensing & Issues at the MA Division of Professional Licensure
The Order to Show Cause
At some point in their lifetime, many licensees and businesses receive Complaints (i.e. an Order to Show Cause) from their license governing Board within the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure. Generally, an Order to Show Cause arises as the result of an inspection or a dispute filed by a customer with the Board within the Division of Professional Licensure under which you or your business is licensed and regulated.
If you or your business have received an Order to Show Cause from the Board of Barbers or any other Board within the Division of Professional Licensure and would like to obtain an attorney please complete the Contact Form found BELOW.
The process often begins with an inspection, interview, request for information or even an investigatory Conference that may be requested or scheduled by the Board. You should contact a legal representative immediately upon receipt of any such request or scheduling notice. Some businesses and licensees will simply receive an Order to Show Cause as their first notice that a license issue exists.
You Must NEVER Ignore An Order to Show Cause – Your Livelihood Is At Stake
The Order to Show Cause is similar to a civil complaint brought by the relevant Board within the Division of Professional Licensure against you or your business. To protect the status of your license, you must comply and respond to the Board’s inquiries and the Order to Show Cause. There is a twenty-one (21) day deadline to Answer and Request a Hearing. The failure to Answer an Order to Show Cause will result in a default against the licensed individual or business. The failure to Request a Hearing can constitute a waiver of your right to a hearing before the Board. Each Board within the Division of Professional Licensure has its own specific rules and regulations that licensees must comply with, however the procedures (called Administrative Rules) for handling an Order to Show Cause are much the same for each Board.
Your rights, interests and, most importantly, your license to do business, are potentially in danger any time you receive an Order to Show Cause. The response, or Answer, to the Order to Show Cause is one of several steps in the process where you can protect your rights and your business license. If you have received an Order to Show Cause and would like to know more about the process, you can find a bLAWg entry by Clicking Here.
The Jacobs Law LLC can advise you and your business throughout the process and can draft documents in response to an Order to Show Cause, request for information, Investigatory Conference, etc., and contact the Board Counsel to discuss the allegations. A lawyer from The Jacobs Law LLC will also attend or accompany you to inspections, Investigatory Conferences and Board Hearings and advocate on your behalf. If you have received notice of a complaint, request for information, or an Order to Show Cause from any licensing Board within the Division of Professional Licensure, you should contact The Jacobs Law LLC immediately for assistance, and especially before you make any verbal or written statements.