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By: Daniel K.
Dematteo James Law Offices
James represented me in a case a couple years ago and did an outstanding job! 100% professional and it's refreshing to meet an attorney who genuinely cares about his clients! Thanks James!
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By: tricalombardo
Sargent & Collins
I will be filing a BBB claim, and hope others who had similar experiences will as well. I closed on my house in August 2016 without issue, and January of 2017 I was contacted by Nicholas Sargent who said they "lost" my check for closing costs, and would like me to send a replacement check ASAP. When I questioned why they were contacting me 5 months later, he turned the blame on me and said I never sent a check. I spoke with the paralegal without giving my name, and she said that they would not have closed without the check in hand. I told Mr. Sargent that I had to check my records, but I was out of the area and would get back to him the following week, and he called my phone SEVERAL times a day, for weeks. I called M&T bank and complained, and he then stopped calling my personal phone and called previous places where I have worked trying to get information about me. I am upset that I am being harassed over something that I didn't even know occurred
By: C M.
The Law Office of Charles A. Messina
I was mislead and taken for all my savings by Charles Messina. I left few bad reviews for him on Avvo and they keep removing them. I guess he paying Avvo to remove bad reviews.Charles Messina is unethical and will take advantage of you in your weakest moments.All I can to everyone do not hire Charles Messina and if you do you watch your purse and your wallet.
By: Janet P.
The Law Office of Charles A. Messina
I hired Chuck Messina for a divorce. It was a nightmare. He dragged my case forever by creating false problems and giving me false hope. Charles Messina ended up making thousands of dollars of off me. No concrete results for me. DO NOT HIRE - Charles Messina will rip you off.What a mistake by having Charles Messina represent me in my divorce. Charles Messina did a horrible job and took me for thousands of Dollars of my hard earned money. Do not HIRE!!! and Run, don't walk from Charles Messina.
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By: Daniel B.
Bobbett Daniel J
Daniel Bobbett provided great service in Buffalo Housing Court for an eviction of a tenant in an investment property.
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By: Lucy F.
Lovallo & Williams
Extremely knowledgeable thorough and compassionate. Plus timely communications. I Very Highly recommend both Tim and Susan.
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By: Steven D.
Sargent & Collins
You would have to be a fool to retain this firm for anything except a Kangaroo court. Mr. Sargeant and his employees made.multiple mistakes with our sale, done by proxy and long distance. Ultimately, his firm's oversight was directly responsible for the omission of $1100/of fees payable to us. When contacted about his firms errors, his solution was to deny, blame others, and become pugnacious. The review above about yelling is completely realistic. I have never in my 50 years and dealings with dozens of attorneys, met anyone and unprofessional as Mr. Sargent and his employees. They represent the worst of his chosen profession and the term ambulance chaser is appropriate. We are sorry we hired this firm and suggest, in the strongest possible manner, that you find alternative, more professional, and better representation for your needs. Caveat Emptor. You get what you pay for and this man and his firm are best placed in the discount rack.
By: S.
Hollenbeck & Hurley LLP
I used Godwin Gilmour & Hurley for a DWI arrest. The arrest was illegal according the law firm but was unable to prove the illegal arrest. They couldn't even find out if the conviction would transfer to the state I lived in which I found out with one phone call. They put little to no effort into my case. DO NOT USE THIS LAW FIRM!
By: David B.
Randy S. Margulis, Esq. Attorney At Law
Very professional and extremely knowledgeable. I have 0 complaints and recommend Randy's Lawfirm to anyone. I have read the review below from Tammy O. And had a very different experience with Nicole. In my experience If Nicole was unavailable she returned my calls and emails in a timely manner.. Even when she was on vacation and I didnt want to interupt her but needed her, she was there responding to texts and emails. I wish there were more stars to give up unfortunately there is only 5 to give. I never had to hire a lawyer before, after meeting with Randy my intuition told me he was the best for the job and he is.
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By: Mark S.
Frank L. Bybel Law Office
Frank is a awesome spectacular attorney Never before have I walked into a courtroom And had to say so little The case was over in three shows in court DoneIs speed was great This knowledge was better It pays to have in your corner Believe me you will not be disappointed
Tips & Advices
When it comes time to choose a lawyer, you should start by searching close to home. If you do have attorneys you are familiar with, ask who they believe would be best for you. After going through personal references - especially from individuals who had similar needs - you should broaden your search through public information resources. You can call your area's attorney referral service or check legal organizations like Martindale-Hubbell. There are other resources available online, such as You can check websites for client reviews and other third-party forms of approval.
If you sign documents and you come across a word you don't recognize, or you need help to navigate important employment or real estate paperwork. Also, during times when personal matters intersect with legal proceedings, you might need to have an advocate to prevent your emotions from getting in the way. If you've been accused of a crime or are in a terrible financial situation, you can find an attorney who will work with what you have available.
When you hire a lawyer, you're agreeing to work with someone over a certain period of time. The more forthcoming the lawyer appears to be with individual needs, the better.
  • You need to ask questions about how the attorney will communicate with you and what responsibilities you hold in the relationship.
  • The attorney should let you know the best channel for quick communication and you need to inform him or her when you want updates.
  • You should also ask questions to get to know the attorney as an individual in order to ensure this is a person you can trust. Ask about their legal philosophy and how he or she views the lawyer/client relationship. Ask as how to keep fees down or what daily disruptions you should expect from a long legal battle.
You need to ask about every possible fee that will come up when working with an attorney. You should request a list of all costs in advance so you won't be surprised by additional expenses like overhead. Also determine exactly when you will start being billed. You want to inspect paperwork carefully. If the attorney charges you for his or her experience, you need to make sure he or she will perform tasks personally and not hand it off to an assistant. Find out if the attorney has a flat fee or charges by the hour. Many civil lawyers work on contingency. Make inquiries about how the lawyer plans to provide service for your money and what you can do if you start to feel unsatisfied with his or her performance.
You can ask how many similar cases they have handled and if they have special skills or training that applies specifically to your needs. Lawyers can't mention clients by name, but you should ask for basic details about identical past cases. You should check their office for the appropriate certifications and diplomas. You can also ask how long he or she has practiced law and request information that demonstrates the practice's success. Look for precise details such as percentage of cases settled out of court.

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