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John G Manfreda

Estate planning Attorney at Clinton, NJ

4.1   14 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 44 years
    Massachusetts - MA 44 years
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1980
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1979
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    35%
    All aspects of Trusts, Estate & Gift Tax Planning, Asset Protection Planning and Elder Law, to include Guardianship actions in the Chancery Court

    42 years

  2. Litigation
    20%
    Primarily in the Chancery Division of the Superior Court handling contested Estate & Trust Accounting cases, contested Guardianship matters and Will contests

    42 years

  3. Probate
    15%
    All aspects of NJ Probate, to include Ancillary Probate proceedings in other states, and contested infant and senior Guardianship and Trust Termination matters

    42 years

  4. Business
    10%
    General business and commercial law, to include purchases and sales of businesses and Real Estate, mortgage/refinancing transactions and litigation of business disputes

    42 years

  5. Corporate and incorporation
    10%
    Corporate and LLC formation in all states, to include preparation of Buy-Sell and LLC Operating Agreements

    42 years

  6. Real estate
    10%

Although I am well known as an estate planning/probate/trusts and estates lawyer, I also handle a significant volumn of estate administration matters, to include contested probate and guardianship matters and business disputes in the Chancery Court. I also handle real estate, tax, corporate, LLC/LLP and general business matters for my clients. I have had an AV-Preeminant Rating from Martindale-Hubbell for 15+ years, and I was elected to Super Lawyer status in 2015 and in 2016.

Location

Gebhardt & Kiefer, PC
1318 Route 31
P.O. Box 4001
Clinton, NJ, 088090000

Reviews

4.1 / 5.0
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Posted by Christine | November 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't know what this is asking for
Drew up Wills, Powers of Attorneys, Advance Directives for husband and wife. In two meetings, was thorough in explaining the clauses in the documents and in explaining the law governing them. Absolutely fulfilled promise to expedite.
Posted by Kelly | November 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional service!
My husband and I began our relationship with Mr. Manfreda just over a year ago. He spent an extraordinary amount of time fully explaining all of the complicated components involved in assembling a comprehensive will and trust for our family. He was both patient and passionate. He truly guided us through the process as if we were members of his family. John answered emails and phone calls in a timely fashion and was happy to meet with us on several occasions; he even met us on a Saturday afternoon! Our experience with John Manfreda far surpassed our expectations and I enthusiastically recommend him and his firm.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
John assisted with preparation of wills and trusts for our family. John was a pleasure to work with, was very knowledgeable and was never hesitant to share that knowledge with us. He took his time to answer all of our questions very thoroughly. We highly recommend John if you are in need of these services.
Posted by Paul | April 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
John worked with our family to make a comprehensive estate plan. He took the time to explain the details of each type of document, including trusts, wills, power of attorney, and restructuring the deed to our home. He was patient with questions and kept the process moving briskly over the course of several meetings.
Posted by Bob | March 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
John was very helpful in taking the time to explain, review and guide us through the estate planning process. His expertise and approach would certainly be beneficial to anyone using his services to pursue estate planning. We see ourselves continuing to use his services in the future.
Posted by Sean | March 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Estate Planning
We worked with John on our estate planning and couldn't be more happy. He takes the time to learn about your situation and explain all of the intricacies involved in estate planning. John is extremely thorough and enjoys his practice and helping others. We would not hesitate to recommend his services.
Posted by Annette | February 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A True Professional
I first hired John many years ago to help with my Mother's estate planning. He was extremely thorough in explaining all the details and options available to most efficiently manage Mom's assets and the inheritance process. He was always available to promptly answer our questions no matter how big or small the issue. I'm a client for life!
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Posted by Scott Seiferheld | June 4, 2015
Estate Planning
John provided great service in helping my wife and I secure a financial plan for our families future
Posted by Barry | June 1, 2015
One of the good guys
I've been with John for a number of years and can't sing loud enough his praise. Every move made, in several areas, were always very well explained with no surprises. Even if there wasn't a line of constant communication, which there always is, I always feel my best interest it of primary concern. Very professional, very caring, a friend.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2015
Great Attorney!
I've been asking John Manfreda for legal advice on estate planning and business issues for over 10 years and always found him to be very knowledgeable and helpful. His responses to my inquires were made timely and he took the time to explain my legal options until I understood them. Dealing with some lawyers can be intimidating, but John has a way of making you feel comfortable. I'm happy to say that I've even recommended him several times throughout the years.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2013
Referred lawyer who became a family friend
I met John years ago through family friends. He handled all of our personal accounts in a timely manner. John was extremely professional, but also compassionate. He truly cares about his clients. I would strongly recommend him for all estate planning matters.
Posted by George | November 26, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Testament
While I visited John Manfreda in order to prepare a simple will and after I stated to him that I do not make power of attorney’s, his response being that ( I will twist your arm to make one) he prepared a general power of attorney that would render me incapable of managing my own affairs.
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2014
Ethics complaint
He did not return phone calls in a timely manner and stalled, stalled, stalled. I finally went to another attorney who handled my case quickly to a successful conclusion. Luckily, I did not let this poor excuse for an attorney continue with my case. It pays to do your homework. Had I known about his history, I would not have wasted my time with him.
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Response from John Manfreda September 8, 2016
I have no idea what this is about. It is contrary to how I run my practice, especially with regard to promptly returning phone calls. I am very surprised by this review and I have no idea who or why same would have been posted. Also, this is merely one disgruntled client's comment, out of the hundreds of clients I deal with, and does NOT constitute an Ethics Complaint nor should it be titled as such.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2013
The worst lawyer experience of my life
The worst lawyer I ever dealt with. Talks down to me. Sexist. Totally disorganized. Just check out his office. The piles of client files are everywhere. He has a stand up life size cut out of a tennis/porn star in his office. The only good part about him is you probably are not going to get his bill for months as he takes forever to do anything even bill. He will talk about his daughters forever which you will pay for in time. He is more interested in selling his daughters ADP payroll service then helping you with legal problems. He is NEVER WRONG. I think this guy is totally loosing it mentally.
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Response from John Manfreda September 8, 2016
The source is a former unethical client of mine with whom I severed my business and personal relationships quite some time ago. The vitriol speaks for itself and requires no further comment from me. This person has no credibility whatsoever. My professional credentials and 34 years of successful practice helping thousands of clients completely refutes such comments.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Gebhardt & Kiefer PC Law Offices
  • 2000 - Present

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Boston College
  • BA Magna Cum Laude
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • IMO Mary Clancy, Dec'd
  • Case successfully settled prior to trial

Associations

  • Rotary Club of Whitehouse
  • President & Director
  • 1994 - Present
  • Hunterdon County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Greater Middlesex Somerset Estate Plan Council
  • President & Trustee
  • 1994 - 2017
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Rotary International
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Hunterdon County Adult Educational Program
  • Estate Planning 2000-to date
  • 2017
  • Flemington Active Adult Senior Center
  • Estate Planning
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In the field of Estate planning John is simply the best!"
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John Manfreda for your Estate Planning needs. John is an excellent and skilled attorney. He has great depth of experience and a winning personality. I recommend John Manfreda to you."
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Clinton Estate planning Lawyer John G Manfreda
John G Manfreda
Estate planning Attorney
Clinton, NJ
Licensed for 44 years
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