My solo practice started in 1996, following the closing of a partnership law office, Weber and Fellman, which operated from 1982 to 1996.
I work with the middle-class population in eastern Massachusetts. I accept cases dealing with bankruptcy, criminal defense and landlord-tenant issues.
I currently represent a Chapter 13 debtor in resolving a number of missed mortgage payments, due to her former spouse's failure to pay child support. A Chapter 13 plan has been approved, and she is covering the "arrears" payments through the plan, while keeping current with the regular payments. At the completion of the plan, her mortgage will be back in full force.
I currently represent a Chapter 7 debtor who invested heavily in out-of-state real estate, and which cannot be carried by rental income. The goal is to shed some of these properties and their debt, allowing the debtor to keep his home.
36 Bromfield Street
Boston MA 02108-5264
Yes I offer a free initial consultation, either over the phone or in the office.
I typically do fixed-flat fees for Chapter 7 and 13 cases, but charge hourly for adversary proceedings and contested lien avoidance matters. Adversary proceedings are fairly rare, but could result in extra fees. I would also advise the client on whether retaining me makes economic sense based on the chance of success in the case, the expected cost, and the "cost" of no action. For example, if a debt were claimed to be non-dischargeable and the debt were only $500, I might advise my client not to retain my defense at the adversary proceeding as the cost of my services might be greater than the recovery. I typically charge $1,500 for a Chapter 7 case and $2,000 for a Chapter 13 case, with the filing fees at additional cost.
$150 plus out-of-pocket expenses per hour.
Hours by appointment.
No other languages; affiliation with Spanish language attorneys is possible.
My general orientation to life is that I don't accept authority without questioning it. I want to know that the person with power has some reason for being there and that I'm entitled to hear that reason. That thought process aligns me with consumers fighting against the "powerful," whether it is banks, credit card companies, government, etc.
I feel that self-education for clients is a great thing, since self-educated individuals may avoid the need to ever become clients at all. Even when a client is self-educated, after a legal event (for example, signing a mortgage which later turns out to be not so good) having a client conversant with legal concepts and terms can be very helpful. Knowledge potentially enables the client to make better decisions in the future, either with or without a lawyer's help.
I am willing to review documents prepared by clients.
I am willing to coach clients, and also advise clients of the "problem points" that might indicate counsel is needed.
I worked for approximately six months with Norman Mamber, Esq., who operated an early credit counseling business. I handled the bankruptcy portion of his practice, cases where creditors couldn't be satisfied outside of the bankruptcy process. While in law school, I worked for the state government in the legal office of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation and Construction. Also I worked in Washington, D.C. for the Senate Environment Committee preparing the report on the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant Accident.
When I was discussing the possibility of changing direction in my life and entering law school, a friend, whose father was a lawyer, told me that this would be a good move so long as I wanted an "aristocratic life." My life as a lawyer has not been like that. I've worked with hundreds of hard-working people who have tried to get ahead, but have been either snared by economic trickery or just had bad life circumstances arise. My practice has helped many of these people continue with their lives with the chance at a fresh start.
I'm also a parent to two boys, now grown, and I've experienced the emotional challenges of parenting both a typical and a special needs child. This has focused me on the need for patience and opened my eyes to the lesser importance of the need for "stuff." It's ironic that many clients come to attorneys like me following a love affair with a material-oriented life.
I do my best to think before I speak, and speak in non-lawyer terminology so that I can break down concepts and make them clear. My history in the performing arts (I was an actor) tends to make me use a lot of humor when I talk with people (actors and lawyers are storytellers).Personal interests:
I enjoy skiing, kayaking, and outdoor pursuits (hiking, biking). I like to listen to different types of music. I enjoy engaging in environmental protection activities as well.
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