Law Office of Peter T. Kelley, P.C. - Licensed in MA & CT
Attorney Peter T. Kelley offers a wide range of legal services. Here are just a few of the many services he offers:
 
Criminal Defense
Peter T. Kelley has successfully represented clients on offenses ranging from Disturbing the Peace to Armed Robbery.
 
  • OUI
Operating Under the Influence (OUI) in Massachusetts is a very serious offense. "Melanie's Law" was signed in October 2005. As a result, there was a significant increase in the penalties for OUI. There are lifetime look backs for previous offenses. You may have taken a plea in the 1980s thinking it was getting dismissed. However, now you face a second offense.
 
We keep up to date on all relevant case law in Massachusetts. We will fight to exclude evidence and statements at trial. If the police department did not follow procedure in administering your breathalyser at the station, then we will get the results suppressed from evidence.
 
  • Armed Robbery
  • Assault and Battery
  • RMV Hearings & Appeals
  • Drug Charges
  • Gambling Charges
  • Record Sealing
 
 
You should contact an attorney immediately if you are arrested or receive a summons to appear in the mail. With the right argument, cases can be dismissed at clerks hearings. Motions can be filed at arraignment to preserve evidence that may otherwise be destroyed. You need to act immediately to protect your rights.
 
Family Law
Attorney Kelley regularly appears in the Middlesex and Essex Probate and Family Courts.  He can provide legal advice on drafting your pro se documents or represent you all the way to trial.
 
  • Divorce
 
You can initiate an action for divorce or for  separate support by filing a complaint in the Probate and Family Court.  You do not have to be living apart from your spouse in order to file for divorce.
 
Attorney Kelley can explain your legal rights if you are looking to file or have been served with divorce papers.  We regularly file temporary order motions asking for temporary custody, temporary support, temporary visitation, orders to vacate the marital home and others. 
 
There are several grounds for divorce in Massachusetts.  However, the majority come to an agreement before trial and are then filed as a Joint Petition under G.L. c.208, sec 1A.
 
  • Spousal/Child Support
 
Click here to view the current Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines.  Attorney Kelley can insure that you are paying or receiving the proper amount.
 
  • Visitation/ Parenting Schedules
  • Alimony
 
Massachusetts has recently passed the Alimony Reform Act of 2011, which will go into effect on March 1, 2012.  Attorneys across the state are already using these new guidelines to negotiate settlements.  This new law provides limits on the length, amount, and co-habitation rules in relation to alimony.  The act groups all alimony into specific categories: General Alimony, Rehabilitative Alimony, Reimbursement Alimony, and Transitional Alimony.   Click here to view the act.
 
If you have an old alimony order and are interested in how these changes may affect you, please contact my office for a free consultation.
 
  • Restraining Orders/Harassment Orders
 
Restraining orders can be sought in either the Probate and Family Court or the District Court. 
 
Click here to see if you are eligible for a restraining or harassment order.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal Injury
 
Personal injury claims and lawsuits arise when people are injured by the careless, negligent, or intentional actions of others.
 
    What should you do after the accident?
     
    Get medical attention as soon as possible. Follow your doctors recommendations for treatment and keep your appointments.
     
    Get as much information as you can about the accident. Write down any witnesses names and contact information. Take pictures of the scene, the damaged vehicles, and your injuries.
     
    It is very important to get medical care immediately after your accident for proper diagnosis. It is also important to keep your medical appointments and follow through with the course of treatment. This will not only help you physically recover from the accident but also strengthen your personal injury case.
     
    Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
     
    In Massachusetts there is whats called Personal Injury Protection. This is an initial amount provided by the insurance companies to cover your medical bills and lost wages.
     
    • Motor Vehicle Accidents
            - Automobile
            - Pedestrian
            - Bicyclist
            - Bus
            - Taxi
            - Hit and Run
            - Uninsured
            - Under-insured
            - Drunk Driving
    • General Liability
     
    In Massachusetts property owners are required by law to maintain safe premises. When injuries occur as a result of their negligence, an injured person is entitled to compensation.
     
    We investigate all allegations thoroughly. We will demonstrate to the insurer that the owner knew about the dangerous condition and failed to address it.
     
    • Dog Bits
    • Wrongful Death
    • Burn Injuries
    • Scaring
    • Premise Injuries
    • Social Security Disability
     
     
     
    Estate Planning
    • Wills
    • Health Care Proxy
    If you are competent and at least 18 years old, you may appoint another person, your agent, to make decisions about your health care if you become unable to do so.
    Should you become paralyzed, unconscious, or mentally incapacitated, your agent can will be called upon to make medical decisions on your behalf.
    • Power of attorney
    • DNR's
     
     
     
     
     
    At the Law Office of Peter T. Kelley in Andover, Massachusetts, we provide a variety of responsive and cost effective legal services.
     
    If you plan on making an appointment, please fill out the following intake sheet and bring it with you to our office.
    General Intake Form (PDF — 159 KB)
     
    The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your specific legal issue.
     
    Law Office of Peter T. Kelley, P.C.
    23 Main St., 2nd FL
    Andover, MA 01810
    (978) 835-2679
    Licensed Notary Public
    We emphasize personal service to every client.
     
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