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Christopher Tolley

Christopher Tolley

  • Consumer Law, Construction Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • Massachusetts
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Meeting Your Business And Personal Legal Needs
Your needs are our needs. Your goals are our goals. We strive to provide our clients the best representation we can, employing rigorous legal analysis and considerable experience to develop client relationships where we consistently deliver success. From common to complex legal issues we seek solutions that are creative, inventive, even counter-intuitive – but always practical.

Our areas of practice include:

Debt Collection Regulation - Federal and Massachusetts
Construction Supplier Litigation
Real estate transactions – buying, selling, mortgages title issues, title insurance
Commercial and Consumer Collections
Commercial And Consumer Mortgage Foreclosures
Personal injury
Chapter 7 and 13 for Individuals and Small Businesses
Bankruptcy and creditors’ rights litigation

Focus and Determination
We are diligent and proactive, thorough and meticulous. We expends the time and resources necessary to fully address our clients’ needs. As a small office, we give our clients’ matters personal attention.

Collaboration and Litigation
We have the experience and judgment to employ negotiation, collaboration and strategic concession as needed, as well as the flexibility to abandon either friendly or hostile approaches to meet evolving needs.

Keeping You Informed
You are our partner and employer. Your understanding of what we are doing and why is critical to our success. We keep you informed so you can advise us on whether we are performing according to your goals, needs and wants. We are always here to answer questions.

Part of a Team
The Phillips & Angley culture of mutual support and collaboration means I and my clients can call on the additional wealth of experience and acumen of my colleagues.

Please call me at 617-367-8787 or email at to learn more.

Phillips & Angley
1 Washington St. Suite 7A
Boston, MA 02108


Practice Areas
Consumer Law
Class Action, Lemon Law
Construction Law
Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
  • Free Consultation
    Initial consultation and discussion of your legal matter is free.
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I work almost exclusively on an hourly basis. For certain matters I accept flat fees. I accept contingent fees only after consultation and investigation.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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1st Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Board of Governors, Mill Corner COndominium Association
Town of Acton Planning Board, Former Chairman, Former Member
Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (1986)
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Bowdoin College
B.A. (1981)
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Professional Associations
American Bar Association
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Real Estate Bar Association
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Massachusetts State Bar  # 548180
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Phillips & Angley
Christopher S. Tolley, Esq.
Legal Answers
148 Questions Answered
Q. Looking for any & all legal arguments that the executor of an estate has standing to contest legality of a foreclosure
A: I would think an executor does have standing to contest a foreclosure but what is the basis of the objection? Did the bank fail to advertise, fail to advertise adequately, fail to hold a public auction, fail to comply with statutes relating to foreclosure, fail to conduct the foreclosure sale properly, fail to obtain the highest price, etc., and how was the executor harmed by the bank's acts or omissions? I suggest you take all your paperwork on the foreclosure and your course of dealing with the bank to an attorney and review the entire transaction.
Q. Does a commercial lease agreement & term truly end if the landlord does not extend the lease term of a tenant?
A: 1) If the lease does not give the tenant some mechanism for extending the lease term such as an additional term, option to renew, etc., once the lease expires, the tenant no longer has a right to occupy the premises. The landlord is not permitted to perform a 'self help' eviction however and if the tenant will not vacate the premises the landlord is required to resort to a court action to have the tenant removed and follow all requirements of the lease and applicable law in doing so.

2) The tenant can unlawfully remain in the premises after the lease term ends.

3) See response to #2 above. The landlord is permitted to accept payments from the tenant and pursue eviction at the same time so long as the landlord accepts any payments for use and occupancy only and not as an extension of the lease or the creation of a new tenancy. ... Read More
Q. There is a piece of property around 200 sq feet that we have been using for the past 27 years that a condo association
A: Your argument would be that you used the land as if it were your own, you landscaped it, cut the grass, watered the plants, built on it, parked your car there, etc. (if all that is the case) and if the town assessed it to you, paid taxes on it, and that it should have been obvious to the condominium that you treated the land as your own, and they did not dispute your ownership for a period of 20 years. Your argument is very much based on the facts of your use of the land over the years, so I strongly suggest your consulting an attorney to review your options.
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1 Washington Mall Suite 7A
Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: (617) 367-8787