5.0 stars 31 totalReview Jonathan Merel
Posted by anonymous
Jonathan was initially referred to me by a friend. Upon my initial consultation, I liked his no nonsense approach but since I was concerned with costs since I had been recently laid off at the time, I didn't initially hire him. Worst decision made! I ended up having to go through two lawyers who unfortunately didn't accomplish anything and only delayed the process. I came running back as my divorce became more complicated. He quickly setup a consultation as I needed to bring him up to speed and I hired him on the spot. Jonathan and Melissa were extremely helpful and were straight to the point. After all the divorce drama with my ex husband, the divorce is now over and I thank them both for finally giving me my freedom.
Posted by Sathya
My experience with Merel has been truly unique and exceptional. I was amazed at his knowledge and expertise in solving a complicated international divorce case like mine. He was extremely professional - The promises were strictly adhered to and exceeded in terms of timeliness and the speed with which the case was resolved. The cost was much lower than estimated. Billing was very professional and at no point in time I had a second thought of doing business with Merel. Even after two years after the settlement when I had a question about the case, Merel replied to me immediately and set up a meeting to provide answers to my questions. This support has been exceptional.
Last but not least - on the day of judgement, I had walked into the court forgetting my wallet at home and had no cash or card to pay for the parking too . Merel generously helped me with cash. This goes a long way in telling me that he truly cares for his clients.
In short, I would recommend Merel for a stress-free and fair experience.
Posted by Catherine
After my first lawyer floundered on numerous occasions and basically did nothing the first 3 months of my divorce (besides keep my retainer), I contacted Jonathan Merel via AVVO on a Sunday morning. He called me back that same day and we met first thing on Monday morning. He and Stefani Radist went work immediately. They did their best to get my case back on track and keep it moving forward. My ex-husband was unreasonable and delayed the proceedings at ever chance that he could until he was laid off from his job. He then expected an obnoxious maintenance payment. What should have been a simple divorce turned into a more complicated chess match. Jonathan and Stefani were knowledge, organized and resourceful. They kept my best interest in mind and fought rigorously on my behalf. As my ex-husband pushed for trial, they prepared me and my case for the long haul. They had an arsenal of experts to support my case. Fortunately, my ex-husband was hired back by his company less than a month before trial. A settlement was then agreed upon. I had felt like my life was in purgatory for 16 months. I couldn’t have asked for more compassionate and supportive lawyers than Jonathan and Stefani. They pulled me out of my despair on many occasions. Every penny spent was worth the outcome. I can’t thank them enough for helping me reclaim my life. I will absolutely refer anyone seeking a divorce attorney to The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel P.C.
Posted by Clyde
Recently I needed to secure an Out-of-State Lawyer and had absolutely no idea how to even begin. I needed someone who would not only represent me but who would have the tenacity and skillset to ensure that this un-just filing was dismissed. Fortunately, with the help of Avvo and testaments from other individuals like myself, I found Jonathan Merel. Jonathan and his team were direct, to the point and thorough in their requests for accurate and truthful details of my case. They acknowledged the emotional distress and anxiety of having to go through this process while showing great diligence to effectively communicate with me without incurring exorbitant costs and without impacting the excellence of their service. Thanks to Jonathan and his team my case was dismissed. I am truly grateful to Jonathan for his services and definitely advise you to reach out to him if you find yourself in need of true representation.
Posted by Carol
Jonathan is a smart, dedicated, compassionate person. He is understanding, approachable and trust worthy. He works to get the best solutions possible and definitely looks at the long term benefit of the client. Easy to work with and ensures high quality service. His staff is professional and efficient.
He got the job done and had my best interest in mind when things got difficult.
In the end we prevailed and were able to finalize the divorce without spending unnecessary money and time.
Posted by Nicole
Jonathan Merel is a loyal, trustworthy, supportive and dedicated lawyer. Jonathan's assistants and office staff are dependable and professional. Divorce is one of the hardest experiences that one can endure, and Jonathan was aggressive in seeking out my family's best interests. Jonathan stood by my side when my case was at its most trying moments, and for that I am and will be forever grateful.
Posted by Adam Tracy
Jonathan Merel and his office is exceptionally professional, and a no BS kind of lawyer. He's very honest and always easy to get a hold of. He doesn't try to waste your money, instead he has his paralegals complete the easier things and only comes in when needed. His office pushed for my custody agreement quickly, there was no hesitation, there was no extreme waiting periods, everything moved very quickly. Much faster than expected, which has since lead to a great victory. He shows up personally to court dates instead of his paralegals, he coaches prior to the court date, and he knows what he's talking about. I highly recommend him. I've had many lawyers in the past, and if I ever run into another problem, I will be contacting him first.
Posted by Virginia
Jonathan and his team were just incredible. I cannot say enough good things about them. They saw me through a two-year journey, a bitter and contentious divorce that my ex-husband drew out as long as possible just to make life difficult. I don't think Jonathan and his team made a single false step. Jonathan is a bulldog in court, and a sweetheart to his clients. He treated me with genuine empathy and provided moral support, which is above and beyond the job of a lawyer, but was much appreciated. Meanwhile he is excellent at the main job of a lawyer - very smart, creative, leaves no stone unturned, and tough as nails when necessary in court. And I really needed someone like that on my side because it was a complex and challenging case. I will always be extremely grateful to Jonathan and his excellent team.
Posted by Charlie
I was very satisfied with the consultation services that Johnathan provided on my dissolution of marriage. The process took approximately 5 months. Yes, it was a no-contested divorce however there were settlements needed that Mr. Merel helped to facilitate to both myself and my ex-wife's satisfaction.
We were able to discuss reasonable prices for the services provided by Johnathan and his fellow attorneys in the Merel office. Overall, I would highly recommend Johnathan for legal representation.
Posted by Matthew
Jonathan Merel was referred to me by a friend of my Mother who had recently gotten divorced. Prior to calling him I was unsure of what steps to take and what to expect. Jonathan showed immediate concern for both myself and my children. He talked me through all of my silly questions as well as questions with merit without making me uncomfortable and promised that he would always be available to me when I needed him. Though I was skeptical at first, Jonathan always answered his phone and gave me his honest opinion as both my lawyer and as a father. I felt that Jonathan gave me a very personal experience in that he made me feel that my case was his only priority.
In my case, I had been the one to make the decision to separate and divorce and only wanted to make sure that my children would both have everything they needed, what ever the cost, and also that they would not be dragged into a situation messier than a divorce already is. Jonathan always gave me the best advice to make sure that while I was taking care of my children I would still be able to take care of myself. Though my Ex's attorney was more than willing to wait until the last minute to make changes to language in the MSA and disagree with language that we had face to face meetings to discuss, Jonathan always contacted me immediately, was prompt in his responses and showed me that he truly cared about my case no matter how difficult and challenging my case became.
In closing, I feel that I made the right choice in picking Jonathan and Merel Family Law to represent me. I had always assumed that my case would be just another job to whomever represented me but Jonathan made me feel that he cared about my case, about the well being of my children and cared about my well being after the divorce. I would recommend him and his firm to anyone looking to be treated fairly and truthfully while having their best interests at the fore front of the case.