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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. I had to file contempt for my ex to provide his financial statement. He has yet to do so. What’s the next step for me?
A: In my experience, judges don't have a lot of patience for things that aren't a good use of their time, like having a hearing that doesn't accomplish anything because one party hasn't provided info they were supposed to provide. Judges have a lot of discretion in how they handle the situation though, and a lot depends on the circumstances and the judge's history with the case. As an example, someone who has every ability to provide their financial statement and information but intentionally tries to delay the process (and who has done that repeatedly) would likely be treated very differently from someone who is dealing with personal issues beyond their control, like receiving chemotherapy or dealing with COVID symptoms. Both may be in contempt, but a judge would probably have more patience for the latter. There is no hard and fast rule though, it can vary based on the judge, and even one judge may handle things differently on different days. If the other party is found in contempt you could be awarded attorney's fees, so it could be worth it to speak with an attorney. It is usually helpful to speak with someone who has experience with that particular judge also.
Q. Hello. Just wondering if a male is issued a summons to appear in court for non payment of allimony and yes it was court
A: If he doesn't appear for court the judge can issue a capias (basically a warrant) to have him brought before the Court by a sheriff. There are a lot of things that could happen as a remedy for the person that was supposed to receive the alimony, like the assignment of wages. Civil contempt (for things like alimony or child support) are usually financial remedies, but it can also be criminal contempt in serious cases resulting in jail time. Jail time usually only happens if someone completely refuses to pay and continues to disobey the Court's orders. It obviously isn't good for anyone if that person isn't able to work to pay the alimony because they are in jail, but sometimes it happens to make the point to the person how serious it is.
Q. Hello I want to go to court to get custody of my dogs and so I can you please advice me on what I should do? Thank you
A: Even though dogs are part of the family, this actually isn't a family law issue, it is a property issue. In divorces, pets are handled in the same way as property and divided between the parties in some way. Sometimes there is an every-other-week arrangement like you agreed to previously. When the parties aren't married and can't agree, you would need to pursue something in district court.
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