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- 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
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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
- 1st Circuit
- English: Spoken, Written
- Board of Governors, Mill Corner COndominium Association
- Town of Acton Planning Board, Former Chairman, Former Member
- Suffolk University Law School
- J.D. (1986)
- Bowdoin College
- B.A. (1981)
- American Bar Association
- Real Estate Bar Association
- Massachusetts State Bar  # 548180
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- Phillips & Angley
- Christopher S. Tolley, Esq.
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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