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John Paul Lewandowski

Elder law Attorney at Rossford, OH

3.5   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    30%

  2. Litigation
    30%
    Probate litigation, inheritance disputes, will and trust contests, breach of fiduciary duty, financial exploitation of elderly

  3. Trusts
    20%

  4. Estate planning
    10%

  5. Probate
    10%

Location

Heban, Murphree & Lewandowski, LLC
200 Dixie Hwy.
Rossford, OH, 43460

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Reviews

3.5 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Posted by steve | July 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
John represented me in a sensitive litigation case that required a lot of tact. He is very knowledgeable and lived up to my expectations. John is an excellent communicator and pays attention to details. I like his demeanor and personality. He has earned my respect and will use him again should i find the need.
Posted by John | September 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
My wife and I used John Lewandowski to complete our estate planning. Mr. Lewandowski was professional, friendly, a great communicator, and made things easily understandable for us as we made decisions regarding our estate. I would definitely use Mr. Lewandowski's services for future litigation needs.
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Compassionate and Knowledgeable
John Lewandowski takes the time to listen. He always makes me feel welcome and never rushes our conversations. He is responsive to my concerns and provides thoughtful and timely analysis and insights. He explains the probate process, discusses options, and describes what happens next. He does this all while maintaining a positive attitude despite dealing with difficult and emotional situations surrounding probate. Strongly recommend.
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Posted by Bob | October 30, 2019
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Dr.
John was hired as co-counsel for a will contest against my brother and sister here in Youngstown/Mahoning County. He was here numerous times, was always available via cell phone or email and kept me constantly updated. This was over a 6 month period. He also kept in regular contact with the atty here in town. The trial against my evil siblings was settled out of court as I could not have asked for anything better. Do not believe any negative reviews against Atty Lewandowski. I spent a considerable amount of money on attorney fees and depositions but it was well worth it. The decision ended up favorably for me mainly due to this man's tireless efforts. We will continue the friendship that developed between us and plan on keeping in touch and visiting regularly.
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Posted by Nancy | September 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very Positive Experience
We hired John to help us after my brother-in-law died without a will. There was a lot of bickering between the siblings, especially when we found out that one sister had convinced my brother-in-law (who had dementia) to put everything in her name. John met with us to gather the information, and then he patiently walked us through each step. It was kind of a mess but John was calm throughout the entire process and helped us get everything straightened out. We are very happy with the service he provided. Everyone at his office is friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend John and his law firm to anyone needing a lawyer.
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Posted by Ray & Connie | August 18, 2019
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Up the creek without a paddle!
Mom died! We live in Florida. My sister lives in Toledo and hired an attorney to assist her with probate. They spent months concocting a plan to eliminate us from any inheritance! When they sent us the final papers to sign to close the estate it was obviously full of false statements that would award my sister the bulk of mom's estate (which consisted of less than $100,000) and us with less than $4000. Attorneys here in Florida said they couldn't help us because their license was valid only in Florida. We contacted a few lawyers in Toledo with no avail, all telling us there simply wasn't enough in the estate to cover their fee. Finally we were referred to John Lewandowski! When we called his office the receptionist connected us to his line and he actually answered his call! What a pleasant surprise to make a call that is answered by a live person rather than a recorded message. We explained our predicament of being out of state and how my sister and her lawyer submitted to us a proposal with a list of phony expenses that basically left very little in the estate. We told him we realized there wasn't enough money in the estate to warrant his time. We asked him if he would just construct one letter for a flat fee to send to our sister's attorney in hopes it would be enough to have them resubmit a more realistic proposal. John informed us that there were items in the proposal that were not actually legal under Ohio law. He said it just isn't fair what your sister's lawyer is attempting to do. He agreed to send a letter for us. One letter turned into several phone calls and emails before we finally received a fair settlement. Never once did John complain or even mention anything about having to do so much more than what we agreed to. He is truly a compassionate person with the utmost empathy for others. He is the true interpretation of the words integrity & trustworthy! We are so thankful he was referred to us and would definitely recommend him. John, we don't know if you read reviews or not but if you do please except our sincerest appreciation and thank you for all the extra time you spent for us. Ray & Connie
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Posted by Peggy | July 23, 2019
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Personable attorney & painless process
John updated our old wills, created a trust, and prepared living wills. He was very knowledgeable, offering suggestions when husband & I were unsure of how to handle some aspects, and he was very patient in explaining specific language and its intent. The process was an efficient, positive experience, and it was handled with total professionalism. We now have peace of mind knowing our affairs are in order and our final wishes documented.
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Posted by Rita | March 16, 2019
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Super attorney honest and helpful with probate and estate law
My sister died with a will and a Transfer on Death, and Pay on Death. She lived in Toledo, Ohio. I live in Dayton, Ohio. My sister the named executor, lied about the estate and didn't probate our deceased sisters will. It was a real mess. I retained John Lewandowski to help find out what was really going on with her estate. My dishonest sister took all the money and sold the house and kept the money for herself. We were all named beneficiaries in the will. But because my dead sister didn't put all our names on the T.O.D., and the P.O.D. we got none of the bulk of her estate. John Lewandowski investigated the estate, explained our options, and gave us sound legal advise. He was fair and honest with us. He helped us understand the laws of probate. I found his council very helpful. I have not come across an attorney with such high integrity, honesty, and compassion. He has empathy for his clients. He took my case and worked with us so we didn't have to travel three hours one way just to meet with him. I called several other attorneys who did not want to help us without the hours of travel. He went above and beyond to help us. I know if you retain him as we did, you will be satisfied and pleasantly surprised. As we were.
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Posted by Mike | March 16, 2019
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Great Lawyer
Great to work with! He is knowledgeable and down to earth. He was thorough and took the time to explain everything to me in a way I could understand.
Posted by Jeanette | March 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
John Lewandowski extremely helpful very knowledgeable probate attorney
Both my parents died within three days of each other. My father died intestate my mother died with a poorly drawn out Will with a lot of credit card debt and a house with a transfer on death. John Lewandowski helped my siblings and me with the laws of probate. He was able to explain our options and formulate a good plan so we settle our parents estates. I highly recommend him to anyone who is dealing with the loss of a loved one. He is knowledgeable in probate law. He has compassion and empathy for his client. He is honest and trustworthy. Which is hard to find in my experience. He will work hard for you too.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Great to Work With
I was highly impressed with the legal knowledge John had, and in my humble opinion, he has been great to work with. Very professional & courteous. The overall team at HML also seems highly informed about the current legal system, and I was impressed!
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Disapointing
My experience with John P. Lewandowski and his law firm has been a disappointing experience from nearly the moment he was retained. . I hired John Lewandowski to negotiate a business dispute in the summer of 2017 . The lack of his ability to retain/comprehend information and properly communicate with me is truly unimaginable. I would not want anyone to experience the many months of frustration that I have endured. This matter is still not resolved but they have all my money. I have tried numerous time to contact and communicate with John's Law Firm with no meaningful response. It's hard for me to understand that anyone that dedicates themselves to passing the bar exam would conduct themselves in this manner.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2022
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Please read all poor reviews They are spot on!
Will tell you what you want to hear and when the retainer is cleared your out 5k. If the case requires him to do anything other than show up for the court date your on your own. You will be your own paralegal and still that will not be enough. And when it came time for litigation everything that we said we agreed upon and agreement that was met with other party involved was not the same as the agreement letter written so I did not sign and return. I was then called by him asking why I would not sign the papers and I told him I didn’t agree to what was in the papers he then tried to say that was what was agreed upon and if I didn’t sign them he would no longer represent me and I’d be out the money I already paid him. Not only did he take my money and run with it the attorney that referred him to me took 2k as well just for referring him.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2019
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extremely unprofessional. worst lawyer I have ever worked with.
John Lewandowski used an outdated form for the state of Ohio and also completed forms incorrectly for estate planning, causing the forms to be rejected by the end recipient. He also deleted the original documents He created and did not have them as a reference when I had follow up questions (less than 2 months after initial correspondence and while we were still awaiting final confirmation/acceptance from the end recipient). I certainly understand and respect that mistakes can occur; the core issue was not the mistakes that were made, but his unwillingness and lack of professionalism to fix the issues and correct the forms. I had to find a new lawyer to finish the work he started--and that he was paid in full for--but that he did not complete correctly. He was unwilling to correct the forms based on the end recipient's feedback and instead said the end recipient was wrong. He was completely unaware of, and unwilling to accept, his own mistakes in creating and filling out the legal paperwork. Further, he was inflexible in his way of thinking and trouble shooting problems, following only one formula/approach--even when that approach /formula was rejected (forms returned) by the end recipient. He did not care at all about customer satisfaction and took no steps to try to "right" the situation when I let him know I was unhappy with his legal services. I felt that he only cared about a pay check and did not sense that he takes pride in his work and a job well done. John Lewandowski is the most difficult and unprofessional lawyer I have ever worked with and while he likely has other, happy, clients, I am not one of them. I would not recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2019
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Made a really difficult situation much worse
Our case was very time sensitive and i feel like he did nothing but waste our time. We talked to him at the beginning of may. Paid him the money he asked for that day and the next time we heard him was the beginning of July. We called all the time, tried to get a hold of him every chance we could, but he was too busy doing other things. He never called us back never emailed us back never made any attempts to contacts us about what to do. He wasted the time that was precious to us. When we found another lawyer he apologized for being busy and told us he would get us a refund of some of the money he gave us. We waited a week before calling him because the check hadn't come yet. He forgot to send it. My mother in law had to drive and pick up the check personally from him to get it. I think he was a horrible lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2019
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Made a mess of my case
A very big mistake, absolutely terrible representation. John was never was up to date with the details of my case, every conversation was a repeat of the same information that he was previously given, as he seemed to have retained nothing and was prepared for nothing. His inattentiveness to the case was truly beyond the pale. if you need a lawyer who can stay on top of your case and not do most the work yourself, look elsewhere. I ended up doing most of the work myself and ultimately had to hire another lawyer to fix his very costly mistakes. Of course it always makes you look bad when you switch lawyers.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2019
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Devastating
I thought when I came to John Lewandowski I would be getting my life back, after working hard all of my life for all that I have I was expecting to come out happy and relieved as promised however that was not the case. Heres to another lifetime of struggling and paying back everything while all he cares about is asking for more money before he can give any information as to what he screwed up.
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Posted by Dan | November 28, 2018
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Refused to file the lawsuit I hired him to file
I was a client of John Lewandowski. I hired him to file a lawsuit. Instead of filing the lawsuit he pressured me into signing a settlement offer that was not only against my best interests but could expose me to a lifetime of financial and criminal liablity. He argued forcefully for me to agree to a deal that in my opinion, strongly favored the other side and had no upside for me. 10 months after hiring John Lewandowki, he quit after I finally demanded that he file the lawsuit he was hired to file. He told me that filing this lawsuit was "foolish and a waste of time " and that he "wanted no part of it". but thats not what he told me before I hired him and paid his 5k retainer which was almost all spent on his failed settlement talks which I were opposed to for many reasons. (He did refund me approximately 1k of the 5k retainer balance). Before I hired him he said, in writing, that I had a good case and a good argument and that he felt confident he could achieve in litigation what I hoped to achieve.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 6.6 (Good)

Education

  • Duquesne University
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Speaking Engagements

  • Probate Litigation
  • Probate Litigation
  • 2018

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Rossford Elder law Lawyer John Paul Lewandowski
John Paul Lewandowski
Elder law Attorney
Rossford, OH
Licensed for 14 years