Merlino & Gonzalez August 2018

August 2018





My Work With Merlino & Gonzalez

No law firm can provide exemplary service to their clients without the help of other professionals. That’s why we’re so lucky to be able to refer Mark A. Coller when we have clients in need of a CPA. I’ve known Mark for 20 years. During that time, he’s become not just a trusted colleague, but also a great friend. We like to think of him as a not-so-distant cousin in the Merlino & Gonzalez family tree.

tax work and small-business accounting. When I work with Merlino & Gonzalez, it’s often to help their estate planning clients with the accounting portions of their plans. It’s always very rewarding to work alongside the team at the firm and provide clients with peace of mind in regard to their legacy. I can see how much John and Ken strive to provide their clients with security, and I’m honored to lend a hand wherever I can.

I was first introduced to Ken Gonzalez through a mutual client two decades ago. We hit it off quickly. I immediately got the sense that Ken was a stand- up guy and an excellent attorney, but I had no clue that first meeting would be the start of a long and fruitful professional relationship. Of course, in working with Ken, I eventually came to know John Merlino as well. Between their awesome work and everyone else on the Merlino & Gonzalez team, I never have any hesitation recommending Merlino & Gonzalez to my clients. When I refer a client to another firm, I need to have absolute confidence in their abilities. If they have a bad experience with a Realtor, law firm, or any other company I mention, it makes me look bad. Luckily, that’s never a concern when it comes to Merlino & Gonzalez. Beyond simply being great at their job, John and Ken believe in treating clients the same way as I do. They understand that creating a relationship with clients and guiding them through the process is just as important as filing papers and crunching numbers. As a CPA with offices on Staten Island and in East Brunswick, New Jersey, you could say that I share a lot of the same stomping grounds with Merlino & Gonzalez. I run a private practice specializing in personal

Over the years, my relationship with John and Ken has grown to be social as well as professional. We love to get together with the families and hang out when we have a little free time. That may not seem like a big deal, but I’ve noticed that as we’ve become closer, our professional relationship has grown even stronger. I think that when you get along with the people you work with and enjoy their company, that can’t help but translate to the work you do and the experiences of your clients. I’m very lucky to call Ken and John my colleagues and friends. When you need a law firm to help you with real estate or estate planning matters, you can do no better than Merlino & Gonzalez. The best compliment I can give them is that their relationships with their clients last just as long as their relationship with me. That’s hard to find, and it’s worth celebrating. –Mark A. Coller, CPA



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