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Christopher Tolley

Christopher Tolley

  • Consumer Law, Construction Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • Massachusetts
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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.

Education
Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (1986)
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Bowdoin College
B.A. (1981)
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Professional Experience
Board of Governors, Mill Corner COndominium Association
Current
Town of Acton Planning Board, Former Chairman, Former Member
Current
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Current
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Real Estate Bar Association
Current
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Massachusetts State Bar  # 548180
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
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1st Circuit
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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.
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
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Is it required in MA to test and de-lead an old property (1800s) before renting it out?
A: You are required to test for the presence of lead before you rent. You do not necessarily have to de-lead the property before renting, there are other ways to deal with lead paint. You cannot require tenants sign an agreement stating they accept the presence of lead on the property. This is a good summary of the landlord's responsibilities in Massachusetts: https://masslandlords.net/laws/lead-paint/
Q. Can a lawyer submit evidence in a case that's not presented in written complaint to the court
A: Yes. In Massachusetts the complaint itself need be only a "(1) a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief, and (2) a demand for judgment for the relief to which he deems himself entitled." A complaint need not contain the evidence necessary to prove the case at trial.
Q. Merge an LLC and it's assets in NYC with an LLC in Ma..
A: There are several ways to approach this. You could register the MA LLC in NY and convey the NY condo. to the MA LLC. You could merge the two in both states, as you suggested, which would likely involve registering each LLC in the other state first. The above is not an exhaustive list of how to proceed. Each approach has different tax and LLC control issues, for example, who will control the merged entity if you perform a merger. I strongly suggest you consult an attorney on your options as well as a tax professional for the tax consequences of each approach.
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1 Washington Mall Suite 7A
Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: (617) 367-8787