Merlino & Gonzalez March 2018

March 2018




WAY MORE THAN LAWYERS M&G Are Neighbors, Guides, and Friends Over the years, we’ve had the chance to guide countless incredible people through the real estate and estate planning processes. Therese Romanelli is one such person. More than simply being a client, we think of her as a member of the Merlino & Gonzalez family. We firmly believe that our clients are the real stars, so we wanted to give Therese the chance to share her story. I hope you enjoy it. –John R. Merlino Jr., Esq.

From the first moment I sat down with John, I knew I had made the right decision. I had built up an image in my mind of what an attorney would be like. I expected somebody boisterous and forceful — a bull in a china shop, if you will. But that’s not John. He’s humble, calm, and trustworthy. His demeanor immediately put me at ease. I entered the meeting an anxious ball of nerves; I left feeling comfortable and confident. I couldn’t believe how willing John was to answer every last one of my questions. My son, who has met no shortage of real estate attorneys, was so impressed that he now recommends Merlino & Gonzalez to all of his clients. I’ve used their firm for a few real estate transactions, and I’ve been wowed every single time. During one closing, I was working 80 hours per week. John said he would be able to represent me. The fact that he could take the stress away from me was lifesaving. I’m a registered nurse, so work is crazy enough without needing to think about a house closing. It’s rare in life that you find somebody who says they’ll take care of something and follows through. I’m very lucky to have met John. Another thing I appreciate about the firm is how devoted they are to the community. Stepping into their office feels like entering somebody’s home. In a funny coincidence, I now live just a couple of blocks away from their office. I’m not exaggerating when I say they are my neighbors and friends. I’m a tough critic, so it’s not often I say my experience with anything has been 100 percent positive. But that’s the only way to describe each and every time I’ve worked with Merlino & Gonzalez.

Therese and John smiling after another successful real estate transaction!

When I got a call asking if I would be featured in the Merlino & Gonzalez newsletter, I was flattered. While I’m happy to tell you about the exceptional service I’ve experienced, I think the spotlight should be on John, Ken, and the entire team at Merlino & Gonzalez. The first time I met John, I was looking for an attorney to help me sell my house. What I got was a relationship that will last a lifetime. Hiring an attorney is a stressful process even when it’s for something good. My son is a Realtor, so I had some idea of what to expect, but I was still a little nervous. How do you know if you’re hiring the right person? I relied on word-of-mouth recommendations. I talked to a few people, including my son, and one name kept coming up: John Merlino. So I gave his office a call and set up a meeting.

–Therese Romanelli



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