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Philip J. Byers

Child custody Attorney at Andover, MA

4.5   16 reviews

Licensed for 47 years

About Philip

Learn Philip’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    18%

  2. Divorce and separation
    18%
    Uncontested & Contested

    48 years

  3. Family
    15%
    Divorce; Contested Divorce; Uncontested Divorce; Paternity; Premarital Agreements; Restraining Orders; Child Custody; Child Support; Post-Divorce Modifications Contempts; Grandparents Visitation Rights; Removal/ Relocation out of

    48 years

  4. Child support
    10%

  5. Uncontested divorce
    10%

  6. Alimony
    5%

  7. Domestic violence
    5%

  8. Guardianship
    5%

  9. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

  10. Probate
    5%
    Guardianship; Conservatorship; Contested Estate Litigation; Equity Actions; Quantum Meruit Actions

  11. Mediation
    4%

PRACTICE AREAS:

Massachusetts Family Law: Divorce; Contested Divorce; Uncontested Divorce; Paternity; Premarital Agreements; Restraining Orders; Child Custody; Child Support; Post-Divorce Modifications Contempts; Grandparents Visitation Rights; Removal/ Relocation out of the Commonwealth, Mediation

Probate Law: Guardianship; Conservatorship; Contested Estate Litigation; Equity Actions; Quantum Meruit Actions

Mediation: Divorce; Child/Spousal Support; Parenting Plans; Modifications; Unmarried Couples

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:


Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Massachusetts Chapter 1990-Present

Awards

Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
2013

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Massachusetts Family Law/Divorce Attorney

Divorce, Child Support, Paternity, Post-Divorce Modifications, Contempt, Alimony
Licensed for 47 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1975
Updated 12/25/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Philip

Law Office of Philip J Byers
15 Chestnut Street
Andover, MA, 01810

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
Philip received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2013
Posted by Mrs. Balthazar | August 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
I highly recommend Attorney Phil. For my case, he eased my mind, he explained everything , and made the process a learning experience. Good customer service, humble, compassionate and good professionalism. I am grateful to him .
Posted by Ronald | August 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
He is knowledgeable, sincere, he was always available for me, to answer my questions, and explained my case. He made me feel comfortable, also treated me like family. He is always going to represent me, if I have another case. I will recommend him…
Posted by Tim | July 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Phil was a great help and very knowledgeable. His ability to help me work through a difficult time in my life was extremely helpful. His years of expertise knowing the court system and the procedural matters where beyond extraordinary. His para legal Linda was also very helpful. On a side note he was very caring and thoughtful and coached me through the pitfalls. I consider Phil a friend and would highly recommend hiring.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2021
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Excellent support
Phil has been a tremendous help in a very difficult situation. He was caring, knowledgable, and a very credible entity with tge court system. I would recommend him for any case.
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
We approached Atty. Byers as we needed assistance with clearing up some documents for a family member in order to sell a house. He listened to what we needed and set up a plan to get everything accomplished quickly so the sale could close on time. He was composed and always ready to handle any unexpected issues that arose. His dedication to his profession and drive to assist his clients to the fullest are just a part of what makes him such a great attorney.
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Posted by Derek | October 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Life Saving
After having a horrible experience with my first attorney, Phil was able to help guide me through a 3 year custody battle and help correct some terrible mistakes made by the system. The dedication to my case was such a breath of fresh air, and I'm so thankful for everything he and Linda were able to do for me to be able to get a fair outcome for my son's custody. 10/10 service and highly recommend!
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Posted by Joanne | March 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Andover’s Best attorney
Without Philip Byers’s help I would’ve never got my grandchildren back from DCF. He was kind, considerate and the most knowledgeable person I’ve ever met. I thank God for him every day!l
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2013
Exemplary!!
I originally went to Attorney Byers for advice and representation on a probate matter. I was quite shaken up at the time and wasn’t sure there was even a case worth pursuing. He did an excellent job of putting my worries at ease and explaining all of my options. He took time to explain anything I didn’t understand. His compassion, advice and knowledge of the law were very impressive and the result he achieved for me was more than I ever expected. I have since used Attorney Byers for other legal matters and would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2013
Top Notch Attorney
Attorney Byers represented me in a paternity matter and did an excellent job. He took time to explain the laws and what my rights were and was very patient with me during this difficult process. He is an extremely competent attorney and I personally feel he is the best family law attorney in the area and would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a paternity attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2013
Excellent
I cannot say enough good things about attorney Byers. He helped me and my family through a very difficult divorce case and we are forever grateful for his hard work and professionalism. His knowledge and experience shined in the court room and it was obvious how highly respected he is by the judges. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a family law attorney.
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Posted by Dan | May 9, 2013
I love this man. He is absolutely the best! I wish he could take care of all my legal needs.
My girls were taken out of state by their mother. She said they were never coming back. I called around and spoke to other lawyers and they all kept saying how hard of a case this was going to be. And obviously concentrated on getting 5k to 10k retainer without giving me any hope what so ever. I spoke to Phil and he said to come on in so we can get the kids back to the Commonwealth ASAP. Phil said he would make her return and he did. She was in the process of getting a fraudulent restraining order against me in another state because I was not there to defend myself. Phil reached out to someone that is a member of a huge association he is a member of. The lawyer defended my position and served her the same day. The kids were back in Mass a few days later and we had our day in court! Needless to say it was a very good outcome. Living in a state that is notorious for favoring the mother, makes me feel lucky to have found Phil. I can't end this without mentioning Phil's staff. (Especially Valerie!) EVERYONE in the office is a joy to deal with. Bottom line is Phil gets results. Period. Side Note: After a while the ex and I started speaking on a somewhat civil manner. She told me that she had such a hard time getting a lawyer on such short notice. She said the lawyer she really wanted refused the case because she told him that Phil was my lawyer and he didn't want the case to affect his win loss ratio!
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Posted by George | May 9, 2013
Great result
Atty Byers did excellent work on 2 Modifications of Alimony, which I was paying $670.00 per week and I presently am not paying anything. I am a retired Atty.and this burden has been lifted. Phil was very efficent and always responsive to all calls etc.
Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2013
Divorce
Attorney Byers helped me through a very difficult divorce, while always keeping the best interest of my children in mind. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a divorce.
Posted by Niall | May 8, 2013
A good man, person and excellent attorney
I have know Atty. Philip Byers personally and professionally for many years. He handled my divorce proceedings in a most professional manner. During the preliminary proceedings, he had provided the opposing counsel with a separation agreement that was both reasonable and fair. The opposing counsel had not interest in any negotiations. The resulting judicial decision was virtually identical to his proposed settlement, after two years of delay and costly trial. I deeply respect his abilities and expertise in his area of concentration, Family law.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2013
Horrible, Horrible, Horrible!!!
He does nothing without first taking your money. I mentioned to Byers himself, of how unhappy I was with his results in my case, then he said, he would provide a service "at no cost". So I accepted what I thought was a nice gesture. But it was ultimately just a hustler's way of doing business, as he inevitably asked for more money..........WOW! How do we, as clients, know if a letter he, I mean, his office help, typed up takes 2 hours. Well we don't know, and he knows that to his advantage. He must have some really old people working for him. P.S...I only rate a 3 star above as He (his office help) kept me informed so as to charge more for his "Service." A "charge fee" is tacked on your bill for every move he makes. Tasks done on an average certainly do not amount to what has been indicated on my invoices.
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Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2013
Terrible lawyer, in every aspect
Byers represented me in my divorce case. He & his staff spoke about how influential and respected he was in the court system. I found the opposite to be true. The judge called him disingenuous when he wanted her to release money from the marital assets to pay his bill. All he & his staff cared about was getting paid. As a client, he did not communicate with me, nor did he seem interested in the issues pertaining to me or my children. He did some things that were unethical. I had to switch lawyers halfway through & was case went better from then on. If you care about your case, you will not hire him.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Family Law Attorney/Owner
  • Law Office of Philip J. Byers
  • 1975 - Present

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • Colby College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971

Legal Cases

  • Ulin v. Polansky (2013), 2012-P-0061
  • Reversed
  • Maroon v. El-Kareh, (2012), 2012-J- 0292
  • Affirmed
  • Maroon v. El-Kareh (2012), 2012-J-0431
  • Affirmed
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Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 1990 - Present
  • Essex Bar Assocication
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Former Board of Directors
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Top Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top Rated Family Law Attorney- Andover, MA
  • Super Lawyers (As Published in Boston Magazine, Super Lawyers Section)
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2006
  • Top Rated Family Law Attorney- Andover, MA
  • Super Lawyers (As Published in Boston Magazine, Super Lawyers Section)
  • 2006
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Publications

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Co-author of Amicus Curiae Briefs regarding the Blixt (Grandparent Visitation) and Champagne (Permanent Restraining Orders) decisions by the Supreme Judicial Court.
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Suffolk University Law School, Advanced Studies
  • Lecturer and Panelist
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Philip
Probate Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is highly regarded in the legal community. I am pleased to give him my endorsement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Philip is a leader in the industry and has the experience, knowledge and skills that provide his clients with the highest level of representation."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Having worked for and with Attorney Byers for the last several years, I can attest to his knowledge, professionalism, and genuine care for his clients."
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of getting to know Philip and am very impressed with his approach to family law. He believes that a well negotiated agreement is far preferable for both his client and for the family as a whole than anything that could be obtained through the court. Like myself, he recognizes the importance of educating his clients both directly and in his writings. I have found Philip's articles very valuable and have shared them with others."
Divorce and separation
Andover Child custody Lawyer Philip J. Byers
Philip J. Byers
Child custody Attorney
Andover, MA
Licensed for 47 years