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Melissa A Pezzino

Wills and living wills Attorney at Amherst, NY

2.5   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2005
    Status
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Melissa Pezzino is an attorney working in Tiveron Law’s Estates, Estate Planning, and Elder Law Department. Ms. Pezzino drafts Wills, Health Care Proxies, and Powers of Attorney for clients and then represents those estates in a compassionate and caring manner. Ms. Pezzino handles all aspects of probate and administration, from the initial petition to accounting proceedings, and finally the closing of estates in Surrogate’s Court.

Prior to joining Tiveron Law, Ms. Pezzino practiced law in the Western New York area for several years under her established law practice.

Ms. Pezzino received her Juris Doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Oswego with a dual major in Psychology and Sociology.

Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Pezzino served as a social worker, assisting children and adults with severe mental illness. She has a particular interest and passion advocating for those with mental health diagnoses, both in and out of the courtroom. Ms. Pezzino strives to bring compassion and an understanding of the sensitive issues surrounding estate planning and handling the affairs of a loved one who has passed.

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Posted by Sarah | September 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Federal Court Disability Case
Ms. Pezzino is the lawyer who met me at the lowest point of my life. She gave me the time in the day when nobody else would, she listened, she read previous denials in my case, she contacted my doctors, reviewed the records, spent hours and hours working on my appeal. We did not have much time left but she cared enough to spend time despite her own problems and issues and made sure to file an appeal on time. It took several years to fight back and forth but we were able to prevail. I can thank Ms. Melissa A. Pezzino enough for everything she sacrificed for my case. Thank you, MP, you are one of a kind. Highly recommend this lawyer to anyone looking for a good one.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Handled many cases at local, Hearing, Appeals council and federal court
I’ve worked with Ms Pezzino for several years, she has represented hundred of clients and was able to obtain favorable results for her clients. She is a very talented and hard working attorney. She represented people I know in Social Security Disability claims and they were all happy with her representation
Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and great attorney
Melissa helped me when I had nowhere to turn for social security
Posted by Karina | March 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Abandoned her client
I’ve been try to communicate with Melissa and I get no response I moved to another state and still trying to communicate and even my new attorney is trying but no response at all she should of send her secretary to send note about what’s going on. So irresponsible!
Posted by Marshall | January 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
No response lawyer
I have tried to contact Miss Pezzino numerous times about my case and received no response. Very unprofessional. There has been no response for about 4 months now and I am supposed to be going to court soon.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Abandoned her client
We hired Ms. Pezzino to represent my daughter in her SSI case. I called her in February to let her know the hearing was in April and received no response. I looked her up online to see if something had happened to her and saw the bad reviews and her response that she had health problems. I emailed her informing her that I had heard of her health problems and offered to go with a different attorney if she was unable to continue. Her response? "I should be fine by April". I just got home from taking my daughter to an SSI hearing with no representation.
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Posted by Tracey | February 1, 2018
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Appeal Blues
I'm in the same boat waiting on ssd appeal and never get any updates unless I call & that was maybe 2x. She doesn't return calls, emails no updates or info. Upset with this case & Jeffrey Freidman recommended!
Response from Melissa Pezzino February 2, 2018
Tracey, I apologize to both you and Deborah. I have been ill, and have been referring cases to other attorneys, so that I can focus on the cases that I have been handling at appeals past the hearing level, and be in better contact with my clients while I am dealing with medical issues. I have been handling your appeal at Federal court, and I will contact you today to discuss your case. Thank you for leaving your name to allow me to respond to you.
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Posted by Deborah | January 11, 2018
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Doesn't return emails or phone calls
After a ssd denial, attempted several times to contact ms, pezzino via phone and email several times. Has not returned one. Becauae of this, my ssd case went past time to appeal. Thanks for nothing.
Response from Melissa Pezzino February 2, 2018
I apologize for this. I have been ill and referring clients to other attorneys if I have not handled their appeal past the hearing level. Deborah, I believe we spoke recently, and do not worry, I did appeal your case. It is pending at the Appeals Council. I appreciate you leaving your name so that I could respond to you.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Tiveron Law PLLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Melissa Pezzino, Esq., M.S.W., Attorney at Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney/Partner
  • Clark Jordan Pezzino, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Ward, Brenon & DiVita, LLC
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Support Counselor
  • Transitional Services, Inc.
  • 2001 - 2004
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Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2004
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • M.S.W.
  • 2004
  • State University of New York At Oswego
  • B.A.
  • 2000

Associations

  • Committee for the Disabled
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Ranked Attorney
  • Justia
  • 2022
  • Psychology Honors
  • State University of New York at Oswego
  • N/A

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Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Guardianship Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Pezzino is a fantastic attorney with whom I have worked on numerous cases. She is dedicated to her clients and will stop at nothing to make sure they are properly represented. Her commitment to her attorney-client relationships, as well as her mastery of her field, makes her an ideal attorney for anyone needing a lawyer specializing in Wills and Estates matters. I would highly recommend Melissa Pezzino to anyone looking for an amazing attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Melissa is an extremely conscientious, competent and diligent lawyer. She provides every client she represents with the highest level of service and the utmost care, concern and attention."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Other
"Melissa is a very knowledgeable and hardworking attorney. She will take the time to explain the process and then work diligently to accomplish your goals."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Pezzino is an experienced attorney who actually cares for her clients. If you are looking for an attorney who will fight for you no matter what, hire Ms. Pezzino."
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Amherst Wills and living wills Lawyer Melissa A Pezzino
Melissa A Pezzino
Wills and living wills Attorney
Amherst, NY
Licensed for 18 years