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Brian Waller

Brian Waller

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

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. I try to look at everything from the client's perspective and make every effort to make things as easy as possible for them.

I strongly 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 that is the best approach for the client. I view the client relationship as a long-term collaboration rather than a quick, one-time money grab. I would rather that a client be completely confident in recommending us to a friend, or come back years later when they do need a lawyer. Almost all orders in cases with children need to be modified at some point for changes to child support, the parenting schedule or college expenses. My goal is that once someone becomes a client, they never even consider calling someone else when they need an attorney. If they have a great experience working with us, feel like we understood their goals and represented them well, and they received good value for the money they spent, there should (hopefully!) be no reason to start over with a new attorney.

I specialize in divorces with financial issues, whether high-income or net worth, family-owned businesses, real estate, retirement assets, or stock options and other equity compensation. All divorces have a range of issues though, so I am certainly not limited to financial cases by any means. Every case is unique, which is the reason I love doing what I do.

Education
New England Law | Boston
J.D. (2012)
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University of Massachusetts - Amherst
MBA (2008)
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Awards
Certified Financial Litigator
AACFL
Recognized by the AACFL as having completed our comprehensive training in the financial aspects of divorce including complex financial issues, achieved a passing grade on the CFL Exam and is in good standing with the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators. These individuals represent an elite group of practitioners nationwide who have achieved this status - the highest level award granted by the AACFL.
Rising Stars
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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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
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US District Court, District of Massachusetts
ID Number: 685672
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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.
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
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. What if I filed a complaint but no answers have come in and it is 35 days now. What do I do now?
A: If you haven't heard anything from the court yet, I would recommend contacting the Register's office and trying to find out if there is a reason it hasn't been processed. If you have already served the other party, make sure you have returned the summons to the court and that they have received it and docketed it. If the other party has been served and they haven't filed an answer yet, you don't need to worry about anything. The other party isn't required to file an answer, and if they miss the 20-days that are usually allowed, judges will normally allow an answer to be filed late if nothing has happened in the case yet.
Q. If I receive a child support payment that is above the required weekly amount does that mean I need to wait?
A: You should contact MA DOR - Child Support Enforcement Division to confirm, but your ongoing payments should not be impacted by any overpayments if there is an arrears balance. Any overpayment should be applied to the oldest outstanding payment. It is possible he received a tax return that was intercepted accounting for the overpayment. DOR would also be able to tell you the source of each payment (whether they intercepted it or a payment he made). You can always ask for the court to modify child support if it hasn't been recalculated recently. The bankruptcy would have nothing to do with his child support payment going forward.
Q. I filed for child support online months ago & I still haven’t heard anything or received anything. What’s next?
A: If there was a prior order for child support that the dad isn't following, you could file a Complaint for Contempt. If there was no prior order, you would need to file a Complaint to Establish Paternity or a Complaint for Custody Support and Parenting Time. You can contact the Department of Revenue and they may pursue it for you, or you can file it on your own or with the help of an attorney or with the help of the Court Service Center at the courthouse in whatever county you reside.
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