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I hired Niel for a legal matter over four months ago. During the free one hour consultation:
- he sugar coated the challenges in the legal matter
- misrepresented the risks
- underestimated his legal fees
- overestimated his ability to resolve the matter
I was pressed for time due to my work responsibilities - and I considered the reviews on this site as a measure to judge Mr. Cerreto to hire him.
During the case proceeding
- Mr. Cerrreto came underprepared to the hearing,
- kept asking me same or similar questions about the facts of the matter,
- his poor preparation resulted in him expressing a lot of words but little substance,
- the other attorney was factual, well prepared, direct and convincing.
In summary, facts matter, preparation matters and results matter - rest is just talk. He clearly was second best that day - and in the hind sight I realized that almost all his reviews had him rated 5 out of 5 in every category and with several years as an attorney he only had very few reviews. I blame myself for not giving myself more time in choosing my attorney before agreeing to his free initial consultation. I would advise that - we as clients should assess the value of our time and the downstream risk and put in context the overall value of "free" one hour consultation. In my case I paid many many times over in court fees, fines, and hiring a replacement attorney.
My final two cents - in the mumbo jumbo of legal procedural steps, case law, case references, etc. the case matter requires disciplined smarts. If your attorney in under prepared - you see your attorney try last minute verbal theatrics while your opponent's attorney slam dunks your case with facts and well prepared arguments.
Please trying to get recommendations about Mr. Cerreto from people you know - you would do yourself a world of good.
I needed an a lawyer to handle a post divorce matter in a very quick time frame. I asked Aniello and he was quick to answer my questions and gave me frank and responsible answers to all my questions. He handled my sitaution very very well. He , in fact, went above and beyond what was expected. He represnted me with the utmost diligence and I felt very secure in what and how he was handling my case. I was very happy with the outcome, as he saved me not only financially but also saved me from possible arrest. i am very thankfull I had Aniello on my side.
Aniello handled my divorce in a very professional manner and with consideration for what I was going through. I received the right advice and was guided through the process every step of the way. I would recommend Aneillo and I am so glad that I chose him to handle my case. He had the experience to advise me correctly .
Neil over promised his skills in divorce matter and my wife's attorney ran circles around him. He was under prepared and struggled to find credible points to defend our position. In the end he pressed me with (what I later learned) unfounded risks to my case to coach me to a poorly positioned compromise.
As I looked for his replacement - more than two attorneys shook their head when they heard his involvement in the case. He apparently is a traffic court handler who is dabbling into divorce matters and wreaking havoc for his clients. It took me several months to stabilize the damage.
Mr. Cerreto was a breath of fresh air. He is concerned about his clients financial as well as emotional welfare. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He is no nonsense, returns phone calls, email, and text messages promptly. He also takes time to explain the process, answer questions with simple explanations and is very professional.
My prior attorney just wanted to create more of an adversarial relationship between the parties and get high billing. He is a nice down-to-earth guy who cares about his clients. He is a team player!
Call him and see,
Mr Cerreto came into my divorce, towards the end, after a very long fight on my own. a fight in which I was losing very badly. I didn't know what I was doing and I couldn't find an attorney thatthat would help me after being so far along into the divorce. Mr Cerreto took a landslide and slowly put it back in my favor. there is not a professional in any profession that I would recommend more highly!!!
Mr. Cerreto is a true peoples attorney who I highly recommend. He is very professional, understanding, personable, efficient and reasonable. NJ law and most attorney's may not get you what you want but Aniello will get you what you need! He goes the extra mile to educate you and assist you in getting a fair shake in NJ especially when you feel blind slided by your ex-spouse. Aniello responds to all questions, emails, phone calls and on weekends too. He is considerate of your feelings and makes the journey a happy one in a difficult situation. As a male on the opposite side of the spectrum where at times the stereo type is that the female gets everything, well, I was glad I found Aniello. He did everything by the law and I was very pleased with the outcome. He is a true peoples attorney a real champion in the arena of divorce court.
Mr. Cerreto is an excellent attorney who I highly recommend... Very professional and personable and gets the job done quickly and efficiently..Responds imnediately to any calls you may have, and actuallly creates a pleasant atmosphere, even in an unpleasant situation..
Going thru divorce in New Jersey is not easy for both sides I had serveral NJ lawyers handling my case. I kept hoping the next one would be better than the last one.
I met Neil, it took sometime due to the courts but shortly after he got the case under control and got a me a settlement that I could live with.
If your having a legal problem give him a call after talking to him you'll see what I mean.
He is super to work with and was very fair.
You won't meet many like him....Thanks Neil again for all your help!
Mr. Cerreto is very professional, knows the laws very well. He was always reliable and completley understood my point of view and always had my best interest at heart. Due to all his experience, he has such foresight into the matters and the best part, he likes to handle all situations with a peaceful approach. I would recomment him to everyone I know. Mr. Cerreto makes the process as painless as possible truly listening to your concerns and ultimately when everything is said and done, it was done fairly, peacefully and with the least amount of pain as possible. From our first visit, he just made you feel comfortable and you can tell his is a very attentive and caring individual who truly wants to help...