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I have dealt with numerous attorneys in my career with regard to settling estate matters. John R. Merlino Jr. and Ken Gonzalez are the best. They are thorough, expedient and professional in all their work. Too often an attorney's service doesn't live up to the sales pitch in the beginning. Large or small, John and Ken follow through and get the job done. I would recommend anyone in need of Estate or Probate work to contact Merlino and Gonzalez.

- Mark C

Merlino & Gonzalez are both extremely thorough and attentive to their clients needs. Always making themselves available and return calls directly throughout the process. These comments are the positive feedback I hear back from my clients and I too have experienced myself. Great group to deal with.

- Master Associates

Hi Ken - I know we still have some items to cover down the road, but I did want to take the opportunity to thank you for all you help, guidance and support. This sale had some twists and turns and your patience and advice were very much appreciated. Your responsiveness to questions and concerns as well as you going out of your way to see that today's closing was as seamless as possible says a great deal about you as a lawyer and a person.

- Joann

Buying real estate is stressful and at times overwhelming. The firm of Merlino & Gonzalez were exceptional. Their process is meticulous and reassuring. They shared my same concerns and treated me like family. The staff is always ready and available to answer any questions or concerns. All of their preparation made the day of closing seamless. I highly recommend their offices & look forward to working with them in the future again!!! 

- Vedat & Sanela D

John is awesome to work with. He gets the job done and he communicates with you. Expect only the best. That’s John!

- Joanne F (Realtor with Remax)

John and his team precisely and efficiently closed on the house that we sold, and closed on the house that we purchased. John and his team always had our backs, and kept a cool and professional tone throughout the whole process. This is the second home that John and his team have helped us to purchase. We will use him for every house we buy in the future!

- Karen C

We would recommend the law firm of Merlino and Gonzalez to anyone purchasing or selling a home. They made the sale of our house and purchase of a new home an easy process. We wouldn't have been able to complete the process without all of their help. Any questions or problems that arose were handled promptly and professionally. The entire staff made us feel welcome and were very accommodating whenever we visited the office. We have used the firm in the past and would not hesitate to use them again!

- Ryan and Talia V

I was so lost when my husband died, but Ken was recommended to me by my friend Steve. It was a great and rewarding experience. Michele was so helpful and pleasant. Ken had such a sweet personality and made me feel good about the future. I couldn't ask for more. He explained everything so clearly and was so efficient. He has been a great help on a few other things and I have recommended him to many people. As long as I am around I will always consider Ken and his staff my only law firm. As a side note: usually lawyers are not that pleasant and personalities, not that great but Ken is the nicest, most helpful of any lawyers.

- Helen R

We first came in contact with the firm of Merlino and Gonzalez when we needed to draw our wills, health proxies and other legal documents. Among the many attributes of this firm we were particularly impressed with its professionalism and competence. Calls were always returned in a most timely fashion. We would not hesitate to use this firm in the future and to recommend it to our friends.

- Grace & Dirk H

I needed to assist my parents with getting their estate together and the clock was ticking. My parents were anxious about what their legacy would be. My biggest obstacle was getting my father to understand the process and what we were there to do. Kenneth Gonzalez Esq. embraced my parents as if they were his own, his personal touch and attention to their needs was incomparable. After spending time with Mr. Gonzalez my parents told me that they would trust him to assist with any of their legal needs. We then went back to the firm to have Ken assist with my husband and my estate needs. His knowledge and experience helped us through a very unique situation and his guidance was key in getting our legal paperwork in order. I have highly recommended the services of Kenneth Gonzalez, Esq. and John R. Merlino Jr., Esq. to anyone seeking the assistance of professional counsel for their legal needs. I would use this firm again should my need arise.

- Maylee B

I had the pleasure of hiring Ken during a most difficult time. My mom had passed and I had to deal with her affairs. Ken was professional, knowledgeable, but most of all kind and sympathetic to my situation. He handled everything in a swift manner and was always available for questions. I have hired him again for a house sale because I couldn't think of going to anyone else. He has a personality that makes him easy to work with and never makes a client feel dumb for asking questions. His office staff members are also very helpful and very nice. I will surely hire him again if the opportunity arises. 

- Karen M

As a young married couple with a growing family, we wanted to protect ourselves, our children and all that we worked so hard for. We contacted the law firm of Merlino & Gonzalez to assist us with all our estate planning needs. Everyone was so helpful and Ken and John took the time explaining what each document was and its significance. I couldn't have been happier with our experience, the attention to every detail and I felt that I walked away making a great investment in my family's safety and security. I have recommended several friends and family members to the law firm already and without a doubt, would use them again if the opportunity arises. There isn't a law firm out there that I trust more!

- Greg and Tricia S

We reached out to Mr. Gonzalez for our estate planning, after our real estate agent recommended him to represent us during the purchase and sale of our homes. After working with him on those transactions and seeing how detailed and thorough he was, we decided he would be a perfect fit to help guide us through the difficult questions and scenarios of estate planning. Once it had become apparent that we needed to ensure that the ideas we had about what would happen to our children and assets in the event that one or both of us passed, we called Ken for guidance. We were not disappointed. Ken took the time to explain what we didn't understand and guided us step by step through the entire process, making it extremely easy. We would highly recommend him, and in fact, have done so to numerous friends. We also know that when circumstances arise for us to revisit our planning again, we will be calling Ken. 

- Cindy Q

I was discussing with my accountant concerns I had with regards to estate planning. He recommended Ken Gonzalez of Merlino & Gonzalez. In fact, he called Ken while I was in his office and we spoke briefly. I was sent a list of questions to answer before my visit as to what my concerns were and what I wanted to do regarding the issues I had. At the time of my visit, Ken addressed all my concerns, answered all my questions and calmed any fears I had about the estate planning process. After our meeting, I received a detailed letter from him, going over all that was discussed. It made it so much easier for me to understand all that transpired during our meeting by seeing it in print! Without a doubt, I would recommend the firm of Merlino & Gonzalez not only for their professionalism, courteousness but for their expertise in the estate planning process!

- Jo-Ann S

Ken Gonzalez has been representing my family for over 10 years. He has held our hand through several real estate planning transactions over the years, always keeping our best interest at heart. He has always gone above and beyond to make sure that we not only understood every step in the process, but that we were comfortable with the decisions and outcomes of his counsel. Whatever our goals were, Ken has always been there to show us both sides of the coin, enabling us to make informed, and smart decisions. His friendly and attentive staff consistently provide the highest level of service to his clients. Naturally, when it came time for our current buying and selling adventure, Ken was the first person we called and so should you.

- Phil

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