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By: Karen F.
Blackley David E Law Office
My elderly father used Mr. Blackley two years ago to get a POA & will completed. Recently my father had another medical emergency that required changes to his POA. After numerous attempts to talk with someone in his office I finally received a return call after 2-3 days. Arrangements were made on a Friday to call his office Monday morning to arrange a meeting. After numerous calls and messages left Monday & Tuesday with no response I was forced to reach out to another attorney. Thank God for the prompt and immediate action on the part of this new attorney. I have to say that with the medical emergency and dire assistance which was explained to Mr. Blackey's office and their lack of interest and response, I would never recommend his service.
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By: Kathy V.
Townsend, Joseph F
He if easy to talk to and very reliable
By: cwilmoth
Hess Ann Giardina
Ann did a wonderful job representing me in my divorce. She was very thorough and detailed. She took the time to explain to me what each step in the procedure would be. I got a better result that what I was expecting. I would most definitely recommend Ann to my friends and family.
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