Merlino & Gonzalez October 2017

October 2017





My 12 Years Working With Merlino & Gonzalez

A Word From Ken Gonzalez:

that goes over the heads of people simply looking to secure a home for their families. Ken, however, never lets his expertise get in the way. He speaks to his clients using language they’ll understand, even when he’s discussing complex legal issues. Simply put, he knows how to communicate. Sure, when he and I are chatting, we may throw around some real estate and legal jargon, but we never want the people we represent running to a dictionary after a meeting. Not only have I referred many of my clients to Ken and his team, I’ve relied on them myself. Anytime I need an attorney for either property or estate planning matters, I don’t have to think twice about who to call. For me and anyone in my family, Merlino & Gonzalez is the only firm we even consider. Buying a house? Make sure you call Ken. Need to talk about your estate? I’ve got just the team for you. My feelings about the firm were cemented when they did some estate planning for my elderly mother-in-law. Now, I’ve done more than my fair share of real estate deals over the years, but estate planning was like jumping into uncharted waters. Ken explained everything with clarity and made sure we did what was best for our family. It gave us peace of mind, and I’m so grateful for the work the team at Merlino & Gonzalez did. In fact, I’m always grateful to work with them. In the world of real estate, especially in the New York metropolitan area, problems can arise at a moment’s notice. With Ken, John, and their team, you’ll never need to worry about those problems going unchecked. I promise my clients the best, and that doesn’t just extend to my representation. The attorneys I work with have to be the best too, and Ken Gonzalez more than fits the bill.

One of the great joys of working in real estate and estate planning law is that I get to build lasting relationships. We are not a one-and-done firm, and I would never want it that way. For over a decade, one of the people I’ve been able to work with many times is Alison Ponterio. She’s a local real estate agent, so I’ve done work for a number of her clients, as well as helped her family out with both real estate and elder law matters. More importantly, we’ve become great friends. With that said, I’ll get out of the way and turn the floor over to Alison. I work in Staten Island as a real estate agent for Tom Crimmins Realty. Needless to say, I’ve represented a lot of homeowners during my career, and whenever they need a lawyer they can trust, I always turn to my old friend Ken Gonzalez. Ken and the entire firm at Merlino & Gonzalez are the very definition of professional. They return calls, they take care of their people, and they are just wonderful to deal with. As someone with an intimate knowledge of Staten Island real estate (just like Ken and John), I know how easy it is to slip into shoptalk

Alison Ponterio



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