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Brian Waller

Brian Waller

  • Divorce, Family Law, Juvenile Law ...
  • Massachusetts
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Summary

I transitioned to divorce and family law after 15+ years working in accounting and operations for start-up technology companies. I strongly believe lawyers overlook the client experience and often force clients to work their way instead of the best way for the client. This means only being available during regular business hours, poor communication, and a less-than-clear understanding of the law related to their case.

My firm's approach starts with the client. We are committed to flexibility and working for and partnering with every client in the most efficient way for them. For parents, a mid-day meeting is frequently a big disruption that may involve arranging daycare, taking time off work, or asking friends and relatives for favors. We are happy to meet in the evening or even on weekends when it works for clients so that working with their lawyer does not introduce even more stress into already hectic lives.

We also believe the best way to resolve disputes is through direct communication with the other party. The court system should be the last resort, and we have no problem advising clients that they are better off handling an issue themselves if practical. We view the client relationship as a long term collaboration rather than a quick money grab. We would rather a client be completely confident in recommending us to a friend or come back years later when they do need a lawyer than feel taken advantage of.

Practice Areas
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Juvenile Law
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
    Bankruptcy
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We are one of the very few firms that offer true flat fees for Family Law. We feel hourly fees encourage inefficiency because there is no incentive to improve, and the client ultimately pays for that lack of efficiency. We want to change the way legal services are delivered, and we want every client to have a great experience and be excited to refer their friends and family to us.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
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US District Court, District of Massachusetts
ID Number: 685672
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Education
New England Law | Boston
J.D. (2012)
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University of Massachusetts - Amherst
MBA (2008)
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Awards
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Super Lawyers
Top 10 Family Law Attorney
Attorney and Practice Magazine
Professional Associations
State Bar of Massachusetts
Member
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Massachusetts Bar Association
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Worcester County Bar Association
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Sequel Law LLC website
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Legal Answers
17 Questions Answered

Q. Hello. Just wondering if a male is issued a summons to appear in court for non payment of allimony and yes it was court
A: If he doesn't appear for court the judge can issue a capias (basically a warrant) to have him brought before the Court by a sheriff. There are a lot of things that could happen as a remedy for the person that was supposed to receive the alimony, like the assignment of wages. Civil contempt (for things like alimony or child support) are usually financial remedies, but it can also be criminal contempt in serious cases resulting in jail time. Jail time usually only happens if someone completely refuses to pay and continues to disobey the Court's orders. It obviously isn't good for anyone if that person isn't able to work to pay the alimony because they are in jail, but sometimes it happens to make the point to the person how serious it is.
Q. Hello I want to go to court to get custody of my dogs and so I can you please advice me on what I should do? Thank you
A: Even though dogs are part of the family, this actually isn't a family law issue, it is a property issue. In divorces, pets are handled in the same way as property and divided between the parties in some way. Sometimes there is an every-other-week arrangement like you agreed to previously. When the parties aren't married and can't agree, you would need to pursue something in district court.
Q. Is it likely judge would rule contempt if nightly call not done as child is older & can call without assistance?
A: It is really hard to say how a judge would decide, but as long as you are making an effort in good faith and the child doesn't want to, there isn't much you can do. It does sound like your daughter has outgrown the way that section of your agreement is worded. You may want to start the call and hand it to your daughter and if she hangs up, she hangs up. To be found in contempt there has to be a "clear and unequivocal order", and it doesn't seem like that section would meet that criteria since your daughter no longer needs assistance with the calls. My answer is just based on the information you provided, however, there could be more background and other factors that a judge may consider if they are familiar with the case. Even if someone knew all the relevant details and background, judges have significant discretion so there is no way to definitively say one way or the other how a court would decide the issue.
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Sequel Law LLC
250 Commercial Street
Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01608
Telephone: (508) 986-9966
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Sequel Law LLC
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