Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&A
- Consumer Law
- Construction Law
- Real Estate Law
- Personal Injury
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
- 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
- - Current
Websites & Blogs
- Phillips & Angley
- Christopher S. Tolley, Esq.
- Constitutional Rights In Time of Emergency – Federal Court Strikes Down Portions of The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Emergency Debt Collection Regulations
14 May 2020
- When Otherwise Lawful Acts Are Deemed Unlawful Due to Exigent Circumstances – Association of Debt Collectors Sues Massachusetts Attorney General To Overturn Emergency Debt Collection Regulations
29 April 2020
- Massachusetts Attorney General Clarifies(?) New Fair Debt Collection Regulations
23 April 2020
48 Questions Answered
- Q. I made a partial payment on a time barred loan but it had it reversed in less than 2 minutes. Can they still sue me?
- A: If the debt is otherwise time-barred, the creditor would have to file suit against you and allege that your reversed payment was agreeing to pay the debt. Based on what you say, you do not appear to have agreed to repay the debt. Also, the creditor has to have informed you that the debt is or may be time-barred. Its failure to do so is a violation of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Fair Debt Collection Regulations and the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. If the creditor does sue you, in addition to claiming you did not intend to revive the debt by making the reversed payment, be sure to make it known that the creditor did not give you the required warnings about the debt being time-barred, if that be the case.
- Q. In MA if you receive a notice to appear in court to mark docket satisfied is it important that I go?
- A: I do not see why you have to go to court in order to have the debt marked satisfied in full.Normally my office just sends the paperwork to the court indicating the debt has been paid. I suggest you call the clerk's office to get clarification as to the necessity of your appearance. You could also cal the plaintiff or their attorney and ask that they send whatever is necessary to the court to indicate the debt is satisfied.
- Q. I’m taking my seller to small claims over non disclosure. She also never disclosed she’s a realtor. Can I sue her lawyer
- A: Why do you want to sue the lawyer? Did he/she make any false statements or refuse to disclose the faulty major appliance when he would have been expected to? If not, I do not see the basis for a suit against the lawyer. Also, if you had an inspection of the premises that would have disclosed the faulty major appliance, the seller can use that as a defense. Good luck.
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