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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 to learn more.

Phillips & Angley
1 Washington St. Suite 7A
Boston, MA 02108


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
Town of Acton Planning Board, Former Chairman, Former Member
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
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Real Estate Bar Association
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Massachusetts State Bar  # 548180
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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1st Circuit
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  • 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
    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
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. My solar panels have been damaged by rodents. Company says warranty does not cover damage.
A: After a brief check I was unable to find any state regulations governing solar installers or installations. They may exist. Can you call your local building inspector and ask if there are any such regulations or regulations that would generally apply to correctly securing equipment from animal intrusion. I realize your contract with the installer may be very one-sided but I would request they repair this at their expense if you have not done so already. If the panels themselves are affected you as a homeowner should not be expected to repair complex electricity generation equipment.
Q. Co-tenants signed lease together and are breaking up.
A: I assume the lease states your daughter and the boyfriend are 'jointly and severally' liable for the rent. This means that each is liable for the entire rent. In the event of dispute, the landlord can seek the entire rent from either your daughter or the boyfriend or both. I don't think this makes your daughter liable for greater rent because your grandson resides with her.

I don't think your daughter is legally liable for more rent because the grandson resides in the premises. The division of rent liability is a matter of decision between the boyfriend and your daughter. I assume your grandson has been residing in his room at the premises since the beginning of the lease. The parties informal arrangement on who was responsible for what percentage of rent was driven by their respective incomes, not whether your grandson resided in the premises. Your daughter did not initially pay more because your grandson had a room, she paid more because she had more money. Since the grandson's presence or absence was never part of the calculation of who pays what rent, it should not be now. ... Read More
Q. Is there anyone else I should contact or any legal recourse?
A: If no relief is being sought against you, this is of no issue to you. The attorney's acts may be incorrect, ignorant or unfair but you have no right to redress against him. You may want to send the former tenant (if you know where he is) the letters you sent to the attorney and the court for him to use as a defense to the case filed by the attorney.
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1 Washington Mall Suite 7A
Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: (617) 367-8787