Benjamin H. Dowling, Attorney at Law Call: 617-217-1438
Benjamin H. Dowling, Attorney at LawCall: 617-217-1438

Eviction/Summary Process

Attorney Dowling is an experienced eviction attorney and has litigated and negotiated landlord-tenant cases, for tenants and for landlords, in Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk Counties.  Summary process proceedings can be complicated and time consuming.  When it matters most landlords and tenants need an attorney who will provide clear non-nonsense advice and who will fight for their rights.  Attorney Dowling has experience in these high pressure situations and is ready to help.




For a landlord, regaining possession in a timely manner is of paramount importance.  The fight to gain back that control can be stressful, especially when a landlord has gone through all of the proper channels and followed all the rules.  Litigation for an eviction case may even mean having to defend your reputation against unfair and unjust accusations.  Attorney Dowling can help.




Being evicted is stressful.  Landlord's often have more resources than tenants and bring those resources to bear on tenants.  Attorney Dowling can even the playing field and ensure that tenants receive all of the legal benefits and protections  to which they are entitled.    

Brief Overview of the Eviction Process

The approach to a summary process case depends on whether you are a landlord or a tenant.  The most critical issue for both parties, however, is often the amount of time a tenant will remain.  The tenant wants more of it and the landlord wants less of it.  A summary process action is initiated with a Notice to Quit (NTQ).  The NTQ is followed up with the summons and complaint.   The summons and complaint is followed by an answer.  Although meant to be brief, summary process actions can involve discovery.  Condition issues are frequently raised, as are issues with regard to what exactly was agreed to between the landlord and the tenant.  Proper and adequate notice is also often a critical issue in these kinds of cases.  Then a trial is scheduled and the case is heard by either a judge, or a jury.  After a judgment is issued there are additional steps in the process, including post trial motions and appeals.  A critical post trial part of the process is the execution which is a document a landlord can give to a sheriff to physically remove a tenant from a property.  Attorney Dowling is experienced in all steps of this complicated process and can assist you throughout.






Attorney Dowling represents individuals and businesses throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island with concentrations in Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth counties including the cities and towns of Attleboro, North Attleboro, Norton, Foxborough, Easton, Plainville, Wrentham, Franklin, Taunton, Seekonk, Swansea, Dighton, Mansfield, Walpole, Norwood, Sharon, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket, East Providence, North Smithfield, Woonsocket, Barrington and last but not least Warren.


Benjamin H. Dowling, Esq.
89 North Main Street
Attleboro, MA 02703

Hours: By Appointment

Phone: (617) 217-1438

Fax: (508) 409-3651


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