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Christopher Tolley

Christopher Tolley

Board of Governors, Mill Corner COndominium Association
  • Consumer Law, Construction Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • Massachusetts
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Summary

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 ctolley@phillips-angley.com to learn more.

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

YOUR GOALS ARE OUR GOALS. YOUR NEEDS ARE OUR NEEDS.

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
    Collections
    Bankruptcy
    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
Fees
  • 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
Massachusetts
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1st Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Board of Governors, Mill Corner COndominium Association
Current
Town of Acton Planning Board, Former Chairman, Former Member
Current
Education
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
Current
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Real Estate Bar Association
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Massachusetts State Bar  # 548180
Member
- Current
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Legal Answers
67 Questions Answered

Q. Hi, I like know about consumer law. I want to know about my rights.
A: You may be entitled to relief under the Massachusetts Lemon Law. I suggest you review the requirements here: https://www.mass.gov/guides/guide-to-used-vehicle-warranty-law. You should also visit: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/consumer-services-at-the-attorney-generals-officer The dealer has to have given you a warranty (I assume this is a used The issues are did the dealer violate the used car warranty (I assume the car is used) when it charged you for the initial repairs for the brakes, tires and BSD, was the warranty still in effect when they performed those repairs, are those repairs, as well as the need for a new bumper, covered by the warranty. Can you find a used bumper or get one online more cheaply? Dealers tend to sell OEM parts which are more expensive. If all else fails, you can always sue in small claims court. See if the court clerk will help you fill out the form and explain why you were treated unfairly and how much money you are entitled to.
Q. If I own two properties that abuts a paper road do I have more rights then my Neigbor?
A: Under the derelict fee statute, G.L. c. 183, s. 58, title to property abutting a way carries with it either (i) ownership to the midpoint of the way, when the grantor retains land on the other side of the same; or (ii) ownership of the entire width of the way, when the grantor does not own land on the other side of the same. Here is a link to a blog post by one of my colleagues that explains further: https://www.phillips-angley.com/blog/2014/08/derelict-fee-statute-basics/ I strongly suggest you review any letters from the attorney stating the basis for the rights your neighbor asserts. Then I would retain the services of your own attorney to obtain an opinion on your rights and duties. Feel free to call my colleague Jeff Angley, his contact information is at the link above.
Q. How to end the lease early due to a toxic roommate situation?
A: I think you have stated the legal issues well. The landlord has to to approve any subletter, and likely the lease says that approval may not be unreasonably withheld. He is is reasonably withholding his approval because the roommate does not approve. The landlord has every right to hold your friend to paying her rent. That means your friend has to find a practical solution, or violate the lease. Keep trying to find a subletter the roommate will approve? Ask the roommate to find someone she approves? Tell the roommate she has to approve a subletter or get out? Spend as little time as possible at the apartment, ride out the lease, and chalk it all up to experience?
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1 Washington Mall Suite 7A
Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: (617) 367-8787