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.
- Massachusetts Automobile Deficiency Calculation – Sale Price Minus Fair Market Value Is Retroactive
31 July 2020
- Pull A Credit Report After Discharge? Report A Debt During Bankruptcy? Do These Violate the Automatic Stay In Bankruptcy or the Discharge Injunction?
23 July 2020
- Recent Massachusetts Case Affirms Role Of Use and Occupancy In Postforeclosure Evictions
2 July 2020
52 Questions Answered
- Q. can a seller back out of a verbal agreement for sale of their house 3 hours after accepting because a better offer came.
- A: Yes. To be enforceable, an agreement to sell real property must be in writing.
- Q. Real Estate Law Question Can the seller back out of a signed agreement to sell a piece of land to a real estate agency
- A: Your agreement with the seller governs what rights the seller has to back out of the deal and your rights to your deposit. This is not an ordinary purchase transaction and I strongly suggest you consult an attorney for a thorough review of all relevant documents.
- Q. The plumber who is fixing my boiler has been in and out over 3 weeks. If i hire someone else instead, do I have to pay?
- A: If you have not agreed on the work he is to perform and what you are required to pay him, you do not have a contract. He may have a right to compensation for his visits but it would be up to him to show what he did and the basis for any compensation he claims to be entitled to. I suggest you hire a reliable plumber and get the problem fixed. If the current plumber demands payment, tell him you will not pay until he justifies his work and the amount he has charged you.
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