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FIRM OVERVIEW

LaFountain & Wollman, P.C. is a full-service law firm that provides highly competitive rates to a diverse clientele. Since 2010 it has been our privilege to help clients navigate the legal challenges that life may bring, and to accomplish the goals that often need an attorney’s assistance to achieve. We offer free initial consultations by appointment, have our attorneys communicate directly with our clients, and we have the experience and knowledge needed to handle the cases we accept at a very reasonable cost.

One of our goals is providing boutique-like services in a general practice setting. Each matter is assigned to a lawyer who focuses their practice on the specific type of law at issue. By focusing on unique practice areas, we are able to help clients with a diverse range of legal needs “in house.” It also allows us to collaborate when a matter involves multiple practice areas. We always advocate for the best outcome in every matter, and we keep our clients informed of all developments and options in their cases. You can find more information about the practice areas we can help you with by clicking the links below.

LaFountain & Wollman, P.C. is conveniently located in Watertown, just outside of Cambridge, Boston, Brighton, Newton, Belmont, and Waltham. Our firm primarily focuses on Divorce / Family Law, Real Estate and Condominium Law, Personal Injury / Civil Litigation, Business Law, Probate Matters including litigation and estate planning (such as drafting wills and trusts), Landlord Tenant Law, and Immigration Law. We primarily provide legal services to clients in Middlesex County, Suffolk County, Essex County, Norfolk County, and all of the Boston metro area and beyond. For real estate matters, we also serve clients in Plymouth County, Barnstable County, and Worcester County.

 

To learn more, please click on the links to our law firm’s practice areas:

Recent Announcements

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Impact

LaFountain & Wollman, P.C. is closely monitoring the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Massachusetts.  We are proactively taking measures to ensure business continuity so that our attorneys can continue to zealously represent our clients.

While LaFountain & Wollman, P.C. remains open for business during this time; in accordance with CDC & WHO guidance our employees’ physical presence at 507 Mt. Auburn Street will be limited.  Be assured that our attorneys are more than capable of working remotely on your case. During this time, the best way to contact the attorney working on your case is via email. Those emails are as follows:

Nicholas J. LaFountain: [email protected]

PeggyAnn K. Wollman: [email protected]

Michael J. Vosilla: [email protected]

Alexander E. Swift: [email protected]

If you call our office during business hours and there is no answer, please leave a voicemail message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Even if we are not in the office, our system automatically forwards all voicemail messages to all attorneys via email.

Additionally, during this time LaFountain & Wollman, P.C. is:

Increasing the frequency of the cleaning and sanitizing of the common areas in our office such as our conference rooms;

Holding client meetings by telephone or other virtual means whenever possible; and

Encouraging employees and clients who feel sick to stay away from public spaces such as our office to avoid possibly spreading any infection.

Finally, we apologize for any inconvenience, but at this time we are encouraging all clients and potential clients to refrain from visiting our office without an appointment.  

Clients seeking an appointment should contact the attorney working on their matter via email to arrange for an appointment. 

Any potential clients who wish to consult on a new case should call our office and speak to a member of our staff or leave a detailed voice message and a member of staff will return your call as soon as possible and no later than the next business day.

Thank you for your consideration during this time.

Yours truly,

LaFountain & Wollman, P.C.
Nicholas J. LaFountain
PeggyAnn K. Wollman
Michael J. Vosilla
Alexander E. Swift

Recent Announcements

It is probably common knowledge that courts are open but handling most matters virtually due to Covid-19. Obviously, this can slow down how fast a matter is processed from beginning to end in a lot of cases. But what surprises some people, is that couples seeking an uncontested divorce might be able to get one more easily and cheaper than before Covid-19. The reasons are simple actually.

For couples with minor children, the required court approved parenting program can currently be done virtually, saving people travel time going to and from an in-person class.

And for all divorcing parties, before a settlement is final, a judge must approve the separation agreement. Before Covid the separation agreements were reviewed in a physical courthouse, with both parties present usually. This would involve travel time, and waiting time, because there would often be many sets of parties waiting to see the same judge. Now that courts are working virtually, these agreements are often reviewed by judges with the parties appearing via zoom. The time for the parties to appear is more specific than before, which cuts out driving time, and significantly cuts down on waiting time. And that saves money as well, because it leads to less time spent by counsel getting the agreement approved.

Recent Announcements

Same-sex Spouses can file for Immigration Benefits

posted Jul 3, 2013, 5:04 AM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Jul 3, 2013, 5:05 AM ]

Pursuant to a statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, as a result of the Supreme Court’s Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) decision, same-sex married couples will enjoy the same immigration benefits of opposite-sex married couples.  This means that a United States citizen, or permanent resident, in a same-sex marriage can file an immigrant visa petition on behalf of their alien spouse in order to allow the alien spouse to obtain legal permanent residence, or a Green Card.

If you are in a same-sex relationship and may be able to benefit from this decision, please contact one of our immigration attorneys to set up a free half hour consultation.  Our immigration lawyers have already begun the process of filing petitions for an immigrant visa on behalf of same-sex couples.

Recent Announcements

After a while, many couples both decide they were not “meant to be” and come to a general understanding of what they want to happen next. When that occurs, quickly getting the process over with can save many months’ worth of stress, anxiety, uncertainty, agitation, hostility, and discomfort. Even the most amicable of separating couples can find themselves arguing over minor and trivial annoyances when trying to navigate the legal process of their marital dissolution.

Know Someone in This Situation? We Can Help

If you or someone you know is in this situation, we can help bring the marriage to a quick and low-cost resolution. We can only represent one spouse in any given divorce under the law. However, we can help you quickly convert your tentative agreement into a formal divorce agreement for your spouse to review. We can also draft the legal papers that must be filed with it (except for one standard form that must be completed by your spouse – we can give them a blank copy, though). Once both sides are in agreement on the legal documents, we get them filed and arrange for a court hearing to finalize the matter.

Same-Day Filing

In one county, we can often get the papers filed and presented to the judge on the same day or even morning! Again, in some cases, we can submit the completed documents together and leave the court before lunch with the case already resolved. Even in courts where that is not possible, the delay before the hearing is generally not too long when everything is filed correctly, and in most cases having the agreement signed and filed will reduce the stress and fighting a great deal during the wait.

We Can Help You Reach A Joint Agreement Faster

Finally, even if there are a few issues in dispute, getting the assistance of counsel to finalize the remaining issues can help reach a joint agreement faster and with less stress than going it alone. This can be done before anyone files for divorce in hopes of doing so together, or it can be done after one side files.

Recent Announcements

According to an article on MassLive, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts chief justices are still relying on virtual hearings whenever in-person appearances aren’t deemed necessary. That means that the majority of child custody and divorce hearings are currently held digitally.

While the digital hearing change was mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many justices foresaw the shift taking place.

“With the pandemic, we have made substantial progress in just a few months. Therefore, even when this pandemic is behind us, we do not believe we will or should go back to doing things as we did in February. We are, more quickly than many thought we could and with some stumbles along the way, creating a more modern and efficient court system that will survive after the pandemic has passed.” – letter signed by chief justices Ralph D. Gants, Mark V. Green, and Paula M. Carey (sourced from MassLive.com)

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