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John M. Crane

Real estate Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   34 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Currently Registered 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. Real estate
    50%
    I have represented, buyers, sellers, banks, private lenders, cooperative corporations, and investors at over 2,000 residential and commercial closings since 1997, ranging from a studio apartment to a 50 unit apartment building.

    27 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Residential real estate
    20%

  3. Commercial real estate
    10%

  4. Probate
    10%
    For clients dealing with the loss of a family member, I help you resolve the sale of property while dealing with the probate court so you can focus on healing and remembering your loved ones, not what papers need to be filed.

    27 years

  5. Foreclosure
    5%
    Practice limited to defending individuals threatened with the loss of their home.

    27 years

  6. Litigation
    5%
    I work with a team of excellent lawyers, including a research specialist and trial attorney when needed to ensure that my clients receive the expertise of a huge law firm and the personal service that only I can provide.

    27 years

John has been a NYS licensed attorney since 1997.  John's practice is focused on residential and commercial real estate transactions, as well as helping a family after the death of a loved one to navigate the surrogate's court in probate and administration proceedings.  In addition to being an attorney, John M. Crane, Esq. is a former adjunct professor at Westchester Community College, as well as a former Village Trustee in the Village of Port Chester, where he was twice elected, the second time as the highest vote getter of all candidates!

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John M. Crane, Esq.
295 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY, 10017
John M. Crane, Esq.
342 North Main Street
Port Chester, NY, 10573-3307
John M. Crane, Esq.
61-43 186 Street,
Suite 573
Queens, NY, 11365
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Posted by Mike | June 8, 2023
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Trustworthy, knowledgeable
John helped me with a purchase that did not go through, due to seller and buyer negotiating. Throughout the process, he was helpful, knowledgeable and extremely generous with his time. Even when it looked like the transaction would not go through. He did not even ask for any payment after spending hours on the deal. He also made helpful referrals. I have nothing but positive things to say about John. I would recommend him enthusiastically to anyone looking to do a real estate transaction in New York State.
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Posted by Nina | May 29, 2021
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Great Real Estate Attorney--Highly Recommended!
I hired John Crane to handle the legal aspects of the recent sale of my parents' home. Since this was a long-distance transaction (I live in California, and my parents are in New York), it was especially important to have a reliable and responsive attorney. John was terrific--on top of the details, always happy to answer questions, a real advocate for our interests, and helped us navigate through a few tough issues. He was great at getting back to me in a timely manner, and always called or wrote back quickly--even with the time difference! This all gave us great comfort and confidence through the hard moments that inevitably come up during a sale, especially one as difficult as the sale of an elderly parent's home. I'm so appreciative of John's work and care. You'd be smart to hire him.
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Posted by Raphael | March 19, 2021
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Outstading
John is simply an outstanding attorney and I am relieved to have made the decision to hire him before other attorneys. From the beginning John was genuinely invested in understanding how to best represent me vs simply making a quick buck. Right away, John gave me the impression that my legal needs were going to be meet by someone with the right level of experience, but with a healthy touch of person-ability. When it's time to get an understanding in casual terms, he will explain things to you as if you were having a simply talk with a friend about sports at a barbecue; and when it's time to have the right representation and have someone side with you when facing other attorneys, he will show you his worth in every penny with strength and conviction. I am happy to have had John in my corner, and look forward to working with him again in the future.
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Posted by Tom | April 16, 2020
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Nicole 2018 is right- Amazing Service
Nicole's review in April 2018 says it better than I ever could. If you are thinking of shopping for an attorney, don't! There are cheaper, but John ends up saving you money! I called John in 2017 for a purchase in 2017 and his fee was $3,250. I was selling a property in Staten Island, so I used someone the broker recommended. By the time I got done, it was almost $5,000 because I was charged extra for doing a 1031 exchange, charged extra because the closing took 2.5 hours and the attorney had in his agreement an extra fee if it goes over 90 minutes. So, I went back to John with an apology when I purchased the replacement property and he performed flawlessly. His assistants were cheerful and helpful, and most of the time he picked up the phone, but if not, it seemed like he called back in 2 minutes. I just finished another transaction with him and he is the real deal. It isn't the fee. He handles everything, makes jokes that take away your stress, and is just a gentleman. John is the perfect example of you get what you pay for. When you work with him, you work with him. I did not get legal advice from a receptionist, or have to talk to a paralegal because he was "busy". Very impressive and worth every penny.
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Posted by Shawn | April 6, 2020
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Everyone is correct- AMAZING LAWYER
Positively amazing communication and expert advice. John is as hands on and interactive as can be. When I spoke to his assistant, she was friendly and helpful. But John gave me his cell number and most times I would text or call to instantaneous assistance and cooperation. John answered all my questions and helped me throughout my transaction to relax my fears and anxiety as someone moving from CA to NY might. If I called at 5:30 am, it was 8:30 in NYC and John would usually answer. If I called on a Saturday, he would answer. He sent me a closing statement 3 days ahead of time and I knew what was happening before I got there. He reviewed everything with me, and the closing was a breeze. I do not know how I could recommend anyone higher.
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Posted by Nicole | April 12, 2018
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Amazing Sevice from an amazing person
I had already moved out of NYC when I got an accepted offer on my condo. I read the reviews of John and figured I would call. I asked him what his fee was and he said "that is really probably the least important question you could ask" and he was right. John proceeded to explain that he could save me money because I could give him power of attorney and not have to fly back for the closing. He also asked my plans for the money. I had the fake sales attitude up and said "why is that any of your business" and I got a 20 minute education that probably saved me 350,000 in taxes! Do not do what I did and look for a cheap attorney! All real estate attorneys are not the same. Despite my stupid questions, John patiently explained a 1031 exchange when I told him I would probably invest the money in a property in Nevada where I moved. John set up a conference call with my financial advisor and I and brilliantly explained how I could pay a little tax on money I wanted to keep liquid and invest the rest in a 1031 and defer the bulk of the capital gains tax until some time in the future. As a cpa, I knew about 1031's but didn't want to deal with tenants. John listened to me say I walk with a walker and patiently suggested a professional property manager and everything just clicked. He handled everything from start to finish and I was updated with every occurrence. Both he and his staff were absolutely professional and John wired money to my bank and the rest to the 1031 company so that everything was ready for my Nevada purchase. I have already referred my best friend and her son and will continue to send everyone in NY that I know that says they are buying or selling. I paid John $3,500 and honestly his service was worth double. When I told him I couldn't walk too good and my mailbox was at the end of the driveway, he sent everything by Fed Ex directly to my door. His service was really that exceptional!
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2018
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Highly recommend - Professional, responsive, and knowledgeable
John helped me through the process of purchasing my first home in New York City, which can be a very confusing and overwhelming process. I was anxious, but he was there with me every step of the way to be sure it went smoothly and to be sure that I understood. He is extremely thorough and responsive, and he helped me get the best outcome. It was a pleasure to work with him and his entire team. I am SO grateful that I found him, and I would definitely work with him again. Thanks John!
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2017
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Very Helpful - Real Estate Buyer Representation
John was so helpful during the purchase of my condo investment property. I've heard the saying, "What separates a good attorney from a bad attorney? A good attorney answers their phone." This could not be more true. Being my first real estate investment property I had specific questions about resale, taxes, zoning, 1031, etc and John was able to field them all or point me in the right direction. Look forward to working together again soon.
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Posted by Thuyet | January 12, 2017
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First time homebuyer
The reason why we decided to use John's services in purchasing our first home was the initial phone conversation. We were calling to ask for his quote and it turned into a 30 minute conversation about the entire home buying experience. That level of detail and taking the time out for potential clients spoke volumes. John and his office were great throughout the entire process and kept us updated every step of the way!
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Posted by Camille | December 28, 2016
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He is Better than All of the Reviews Say
All I can say is working with John is like going to the spa. You end up so relaxed! I called John's office, asked to speak with him, and his assistant put me on hold for about 10 seconds. A male picks up the phone and with a raspy type voice says "this is John Crane, how can I help you?" I then got to explain to him that I was selling a condo on the upper west side that I had not been living in for the last couple of years and was going to buy something else. Without hesitating, John asked if I had ever heard of a 1031 exchange, explained it to me, and had me motivated to purchase not only one, but two additional units so that I could have a primary and rental income. John then explained his process and how he was different, mentioning how he frequently closes for people overseas by Power of Attorney so that I did not have to worry about coming back for the closing. He even made a joke about how I would save more on airfare than he would charge in fees...which turned out to be true! Simply put, John kept me informed at every step of the way. He has an instinct (or maybe it is 20 years experience) in that every email he sent was either important or perfectly timed just to say "the only reason you haven't heard from me is because nothing is going on". My girlfriend (who is a real estate agent) wanted me to use some fancy firm. I called to speak to the attorney and was told that he would call me back. The following day his "associate" called me back and said he would be handling the account. After John explained the 1031, I asked this attorney about the 1031, and he said "you don't qualify because it was your primary residence and you never rented it out." John spent about 20 minutes on the phone with me that first time and I could not even get the fancy "partner" to pick up my call or call me back. I think this is what differentiates John from other law firms. It isn't just business, it is personal and caring. The associate at the other firm made it clear I was a "customer", "his partner was busy" and that they would make time for me when I had a contract that they could make money from. In making my decision, I called John back and he again got on the phone. He also called a 1031 company and had a conference call so that we could explain my situation and the owner of the company could verify that because I didn't live in the condo for the prior couple of years, that it would qualify for a 1031 because it was now viewed as an investment property as John had said. Needless to say, I selected John and his service was far superior to anything I have ever experienced. I knew what my expenses were well before each closing. He gave me his cell number and instructed me to text him. When I explained I would be out of the country a lot of the time, and asked if he would use What's App, he immediately agreed and I had an almost instant line of communication with him. The fancy firm quoted me a price of $3,750 and John's price, including the 1031 was $3,250 per transaction. He delivered more than I could ever have expected, was always professional and did everything ahead of schedule. John is as trustworthy as I could ever expect. His staff is very well trained and personable, but I had John's cell and never really spoke to the staff. They would send me emails and wiring instructions and make sure everything was on track at all times, but when you work with John, you get John and honestly, I just finished an estate proceeding with another firm and I can really see the level of service John delivers when comparing it to another firm. All 3 transactions were unbelievably successfully done and I cannot thank John enough.
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Posted by Hezi | November 12, 2016
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He emails me back in ten minutes. All the time.
The due diligence was thorough and everything went very smoothly after I gave John the power of attorney. But what truly amazed me was how responsive John is. There was never a single worry about why he hasn't reply, because he writes me back in 10 minutes all the time! I'm now writing this review from my newly-purchased UWS apartment, and being very grateful for finding John through Avvo.
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Posted by Tony Robinson | August 4, 2016
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Highly recommended
John provided an outstanding service on the closure of our property in Manhattan. Based in the UK we were looking for a lawyer that responded quickly and made the whole process easy and efficient. The whole process was made so easy by Johns outstanding level of service, attention to detail and working with multiple parties to ensure a fast and easy process. A true advocate of putting clients first and understanding their unique situation. John is a delight to work with.
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Posted by Rebecca | June 28, 2016
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Phenomenal Probate Attorney
John is not only the most honest lawyer I have ever met, but his customer service is really on the same level as going to Le Bernadin or Bloomingdales. He really does go out of his way to make you feel as if your matter is the only matter he has. My family member left a home in disrepair. Not only did John arrange to find a plumber, contractor, and get the home salable, but he also handled everything with the humor and grace I needed in such a difficult time. John handled the real estate transaction as flawlessly as others here have mentioned, giving me all necessary updates. However, it is John's personality that truly separates him from most other people on the planet. I have worked with many very competent attorneys, and while John is extremely competent, it is the feeling that he cares that makes John special. I most highly recommend recommend John Crane for any probate matter to anyone that wants to work with a patient counselor that actually cares and appreciates old fashioned customer service, or as John calls it, a concierge level of service.
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Posted by Peter | May 10, 2016
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Outstanding Attorney. Highly Recommended.
I have worked with John Crane as co-counsel on various legal projects for many years, as well as directly referred many of my own clients to him. John's expertise and professionalism are unmatched. He is an absolute pleasure to work with, and all clients whom I have referred to him have been extremely pleased with his services. I cannot recommend John enough for any type of Real Estate and/or Commercial Litigation services in the New York City area. He is an absolute pleasure to work with, and truly an outstanding attorney.
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Posted by Sarah | April 20, 2016
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Highly Recommend!
My husband and I just completed the home buying process and could not be happier with the partnership we had with John Crane. His professional, knowledgeable, and gregarious demeanor put our anxiety to rest about the daunting process of buying a home. John answered our countless questions and explained each step of the process, breaking it down to easily understand. He was always there anytime we called or emailed and communication was seamless. We could not recommend John Crane more! Thanks John!
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Posted by Vlad | March 10, 2016
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Experienced attorney providing premium service in NY. Do not hesitate to contact!
I recently purchased a home in Staten Island and John Crane was a tremendous asset! I found him through Avvo and this was my first transaction with him. He definitely delivered on all of his promises and was very responsive to any questions throughout the entire process. I live in Florida and although I wasn't able to make it to the closing, John and his team were very accommodating and made sure everything went smoothly. I have dealt with numerous attorneys and buyer's agents in the past, but John Crane was easily the best I've encountered. The level of professionalism and customer service he provides cannot be beat. I would definitely hire him again out for any NY real estate transaction.
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Posted by Pratiksha | August 13, 2015
Available round the clock and an absolute joy to work with!!
My sister and I are first-time home owners but John made the whole process so smooth that it felt like it was our 10th or 11th purchase. He guided us every step of the way keeping us well-informed. He is available via text/email round the clock and he responds to your questions right away. Not only did he help us with the closing, he also gave us great recommendations on home insurance, mortgage loans, and everything that we needed to secure our home. I would highly recommend John M. Crane for all real-estate related issues. We look forward to working with him again in the future. He is definitely your guy if you want a highly organized, detail-oriented and above all friendly and approachable attorney to represent you. He will make you feel like your case is his number one priority with no delay in his dealings. It was a great pleasure working with you, John.
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Posted by Pam | December 8, 2014
He delivers above and beyond
I was buying a commercial property and John caught the fact there was an open permit for a laundromat that had been operating for over 12 years. I was going to close but John insisted the seller close out the permit. Over 4 months later, the Seller got all approvals at a cost of almost $20,000. John is the real deal and I saved many times what his legal fee was! He has all my business.
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Posted by Lenny | December 4, 2014
Sold my condo without even being in the USA
What can I say but positively amazing? He sent the contracts out within 2 hours of my selecting him. I was in Asia and gave him Power of Attorney. I was kept informed. His office staff is also tremendous. Two days before the closing I received an email detailing the financial adjustments and clearly itemizing the expenses and profits I could expect. Within 24 hours of the closing, my account received a bank wire for the full amount and a few days later I received an international package with copies of all documents for my records in a binder. This wasn't just a legal service, this was customer service the way it should be. One of John's clients already called him the Bloomingdale's of Bankruptcy, but his customer service is honestly even better than that! A heart felt thanks and while John is not a discount lawyer, his service shows that sometimes you really do get what you pay for!
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Posted by Camille | October 27, 2014
Outstanding from start to finish
I read John's reviews and was shocked when I called his office and his assistant told me to hold on. Within a minute, John picked up the phone. I told him I was selling my coop and needed to do things quick because I would be leaving the country. With a bit of humor, he said "why does that worry you" and suggested closing by power of attorney. When John sent me the contracts to sign, he also enclosed a power of attorney. It could not have been simpler. John and his staff handled everything from start to finish, and I received an email after the closing indicating that a wire had been sent to me in the Middle East for almost 2 Million Dollars. Trustworthy, on top of things, and a pleasure to work with. I cannot describe how simple it is to work with John and his staff.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • John M. Crane, P.C.
  • 1999 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Westchester Community College
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Village Trustee
  • Village of Port Chester
  • 2002 - 2008

Education

  • Pace University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • City University of New York, Lehman College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Kolodzinski v. Frito Lay
  • Confidential Settlement

Associations

  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2021

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • Fair Housing CE Class for Real Estate Brokers and Agents
  • Fair Housing
  • 2020
  • 1031 Exchanges- Using Leverage to Increase Your Clients Net Worth
  • 1031 Exchanges
  • 2020
  • First Class Education CE Class for Real Estate Agents and Brokers
  • Laws Of Agency
  • 2019
  • Fair Housing CE Class for NYS Real Estate Brokers and Agents
  • Fair Housing
  • 2019
  • Residential Transactions
  • Transactional Law Panel
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

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Litigation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Crane is a highly capable attorney committed to providing clients experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive representation. I endorse him without reservation."
Real estate Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From co-ops to castles, John eliminates the hassles. He's the one you want behind you to help with any real estate transaction. His deep experience in the field and attention to detail allows him to spot problems, quirks, and curlicues in a real estate deal right away. He also takes a holistic (instead of purely transactional) approach to real estate deals so that clients know how the purchase/sale can affect their total financial and investment picture. John is responsive and approachable ... but not afraid to dig in and advocate for his client's best interests. Finally, John is incredibly resourceful--eager to bring in strategic partners and advisors so a client can get all the help and guidance they really need. I'm delighted to endorse John."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney with a great level of professionalism and experience."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Let me count the ways... Famous words that perfectly encapsulate what it is to work with John Crane. An utter professional to his core and an amazingly knowledgeable, kind and caring attorney that takes a holistic approach to the representation of his clients. Despite John's vast experience, he is always thinking outside of the box to ensure that he can see the whole picture to best aid his clients. Most real estate attorneys have no idea about tax law and trusts and estates. This is rather crazy in my humble opinion because most wealth in this country is derived from real estate holdings. John takes the initiative to include those valuable insights into his client's considerations to make them "whole" on each transaction. I would have no hesitation ever in referring John to any of my clients, friends or family. He is a stellar professional, true advocate and an all around pleasure to deal with. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give him a 12."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is very capable and conscientious-- a role model for all legal professionals."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John's experience and expertise in the realm of real estate law is of the highest caliber. He makes sure that all of his clients receive the personal attention that their particular cases demand and is able to explain the most complex matters in a way that they can understand. Whether it be a closing, a foreclosure matter, or anything in between, I refer my clients to John Crane. I recommend him with no reservation."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is extremely knowledgeable, hard working and diligent. He is easy to work with and always returns calls and emails in a timely fashion. In addition, John provides a high level of service with a friendly approach. I endorse John Crane."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with John Crane on several matters, including bankruptcy and foreclosure defense and I most highly endorse him. He is knowledgeable, caring, pays attention to deadlines and has a discerning legal mind. More importantly, John dedicates himself to the clients he represents and takes the time to consider what course of action will best serve a particular client."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"One thing I can say about John Crane is that in all of the referrals I have sent him, I have not had one client ever call and say anything negative. In fact, I usually receive thank you telephone calls from clients stating how attentive John was to their needs and far exceeded their expectations. I most enthusiastically recommend John Crane to anyone searching for a bankruptcy attorney in the Westchester/Bronx areas."
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