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I have hired Gust Sarris on numerous occasions to handle the many different needs of my business and he has never left me down. What has always impressed me was his entrepreneurial skills and inquisitive nature coupled with his vast knowledge of BUSINESS in general to keep my firm out of hot water. He has helped me with everything from business plans, reviews of my marketing materials and other critical contracts that surround all of us business owners. There are many fine attorneys that I have dealt with around Jacksonville, but I have never found one that has the business savvy and experience that Gust brings to the table.
Gust Sarris is a very knowledgable attorney with outstanding ethical practices. Gust is helpful and caring of his clients situations and holds all matters in the strictest confidence. I consider Gust my family's attorney and would highly reccomend him to any of my friends, family and associates. Gust is direct and kind and explains things in an understandable manner.
My business relationship with Mr. Saris started in July 2009 and included a new client fee of $750 which I paid in August 2009 plus $200 per month paid from August 2009 through April 2010. The recurring fee covered the cost of a one hour meeting each month and entitled me to a discount on the cost of any litigation.
We met five times in the first seven months on 7/24/09, 8/6/09, 8/20/09, 11/3/09 and 1/29/09. At these meetings we discussed various legal questions faced by my businesses. I was generally satisfied with the outcome of these meetings; however, he was very poor and responding to email inquiries. I often had to ask the same question in two meetings before it was addressed.
During our meeting on 2/15/10 we talked about estate planning. In advance of the meeting I completed his estate planning questionnaire. We talked for about 2 hours. At the time I paid a fee of $2,750 for estate planning services. I expected that Mr. Saris would prepare an estate plan based on the information he gathered through the questionnaire and interview.
We did not meet at all in March or April. Regardless, I paid the $200 monthly fee these months. I thought Mr. Saris was busy creating a complex estate plan.
We met again on 5/28/10 to review the estate plan. We talked for about an hour but mostly we covered the same subjects as the first meeting. Mr. Saris had not prepared any documents nor made any plans based on the results of our first meeting. He came to the meeting with a blank piece of paper. Two and a half months after I paid for estate planning services nothing had been accomplished.
When I looked back over these events I felt that I did not get any extra service for the $2,750 fee. We had only 7 meetings during the 11 months we were working together. No documents were drawn up for the estate plan. Even though we spent some time talking about estate plans we did not utilize any more of your time than the regular maintenance fee would allow.
On 6/16/10 I asked Mr. Saris to refund the $2,750 estate planning fee. On 7/4/10 I asked about the status of the refund request and Mr. Saris said he would work on evaluating the situation ‘this week’. On 8/5/10 I asked again about the status of my refund request. This time, Mr. Saris indicated that he needed to take the issue up at a partner meeting which will be held ‘next week’. On 9/17/10 Mr. Saris offered a 50% refund of the estate planning fee. I accepted his offer but it took several more emails and four more weeks for me to receive a $1,300 check.
In summary, I paid $2,750 in February for ‘estate planning services’. After 4 months Mr. Saris had delivered no documents of any kind. I asked for a refund. It took 4 more months to get less than half of my money back. I think that Mr. Saris should have quickly refunded the entire estate planning fee even though it was called a ‘non-refundable fee’.
Gust has worked with many of our members in Jacksonville.
His dedication to helping Entrepreneurs sort through the complexities of the law and the proper set up of a firm has been displayed on many occasions..
Gust was imperative to the establishment of our Corporation.
I was in need of legal consultation/representation to establish a unique business and was worried the initial corporate structuring would be difficult. Gust's thorough knowledge of corporate structure and business principles made the process simpler. Our corporation is now on its way to success thanks to Gust and his qualified staff!
An organization I belong to recently had a big dilemma. The person representing several of our members in a property valuation protest suddenly passed away. Mr. Sarris, on short notice, stepped up and took on our cause right in the middle of the process. He went on and did a fine job of representing us and without asking for any other funds than what had been allocated for the first person.
I definately recommend Gust Sarris to anyone seeking legal advice. I have found him to be sincere,responsive and successful in accomplishing the various opportunities and challenges I have experienced over the 20 years I have known him. Even though it may be months between meetings or discussions I know that he'll take my call and move quickly to capitalize on or resolve the need at hand.
I contacted Mr. Gust Sarris and his firm regarding setting up my start up business. I am so happy that I did. Within a 15 minute conversation he opened up my eyes to certain aspects of my business that would have left me vulnerable to being sued. I talked to other law firms previously but was not satisfied with the way I was being treated nor did they ever bring up any of these vulnerabilities. You know, small fish, big pond, ect. From now on I know where I need to go for legal advice.
I went to see Gust Sarris to discuss a new business entity with six other women in six different states. Of course, we were talking about setting up the company right away. Gust brought so many issues to my attention that I hadn't thought of which are extremely important - especially if the busines becomes as successful as we hope it will. I am so glad that I talked to him before proceeding with a legal entity. We are putting the creation of the business on hold until we have all of our ducks in a row. When the time comes, I will go back to Gust for all of the legal needs of the business. He is an very astute businessman as well as a lawyer.
I have used Gust on many occasions. His advice is timely, solid and on the mark. You couldn’t ask for more from an attorney . I have recommend Gust to many friends and colleagues.