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Mike Foreman, Lynne Foreman, Cindy Burke & Cathy Lloyd

Truly, it has been such a comfort and reinforcement to have had all of you there with me through these past eight years. Such an unusual and trying time it’s been, as you well know. My dad and mom trusted you implicitly and also thought so highly of Mr. Foreman’s parents, whom they had known for many years.

Thank you, Cindy, for your kind words and thoughts. I will most certainly keep your number always in my phone and look to all of you for future guidance as needed. May each of you be safe and well also. Many thanks for everything!

Linda

Mark Martella and Team

I wanted to take a moment to shout out THANK YOU for helping me through a very troubling period in my life. I recently reflected back to the days before I filed for my bankruptcy. They were filled with fear, anger, confusion, and sleepless nights. You and your team were instrumental in coaching me through the ring of fire.

Now it has been many months since my challenging bankruptcy and the ring of fire is behind me. My life and health have greatly improved. I remain completely debt free month over month. Fear has subsided and joy restored. Your professionalism and wisdom made this possible even when things looked hopeless and impossible to achieve a successful outcome.

I am forever grateful to God for His divine intervention, for you, your team and your wise counsel.

Bankruptcy client

Mike Foreman and Cindy Burke

Please know that I appreciate all the work and effort it took to guide us, smoothly, through the “legal jungle.” I would still be hacking my way through, if not for you. I can’t say thank you enough for all your help, kind words, and sharing your memories of mom. She always spoke so highly of you both and enjoyed your company and talks, very much.

The relationship that mom had with you both was one that she treasured. She considered you friends and always looked forward to her visits to the office, knowing she would be able to chat with you a bit before taking care of business. I think we all enjoyed her “Brooklyn-born” humor, quick wit, and “no punches pulled” demeanor. I miss her and think of her every day.

I want you know that the kindness and understanding you showed me during this difficult time was appreciated. Your kind words, sharing memories of mom, and your sense of calm were some of the things that shed light on an otherwise dark time. It helped me to get through the long list of things I needed to do, in order to fulfill mom’s wishes. I will not forget all you’ve done for me and my family.

Jay

Bianca Manos

I cannot say enough regarding Bianca’s fulfillment while working on my family’s case. Her advice during the initial consultation was direct and well supported. Her timeliness for all communications along with the clarity of the information helped reassure us that we were working in the right direction. I believe our case was a one off and obtained fairly new avenues for everyone in the Family Law field. The research she conducted and interpretation of the laws combined with the outcome of our case leaves me to say that Bianca Manos is a Subject Matter Expert in her field.

Matthew

Mark Martella and Tara Cummings

My husband and I are so blessed by Mark Martella and Tara Cummings at Icard Merrill. We are currently going through a major trial and needed legal assistance. Mark and Tara got us speedy results and treated us like human beings. My husband and I were astonished and deeply touched by their love for people and concern for our situation. I recommend that everyone use Icard Merrill, but I highly recommend that everyone speak with Mark and Tara. They are the kindest, most competent people who will do everything in their power to get you victorious results! My family has added them to our daily prayers, and I know they’re continuing to pray for us!

Christine

Jessica Farrelly

Jessica, I am grateful for your intelligent strategy and professional help. I have learned a lot from you. You gave me renewed energy and confidence in people, justice and the American law system… I am pleased with the outcome. You made a great effort to gain the most for me. I would like to deliver my sincere thanks to you again for helping me. Your professionalism and intelligence made the process go smoothly with a successful outcome. I enjoyed working with you and learning from you.

Employee Client

Jordan Riccardi

Jordan was very knowledgeable and always responsive to my needs. Even though the case was small, I felt like Jordan always treated me as if I was one of his biggest clients. Thank you for your prompt and professional attention!

Jessica

Kelly Causey and the Lakewood Ranch team

Thank you to Teresa, Janette, Kelly and the rest of the team at Icard Merrill for such a great closing for our sellers… top notch service!

Wes Eaves, Like It Realty

Mark Martella

I am originally from New Jersey and we truly believe in lawyers. The beautiful thing about Mr. Martella is that he is as honest as the day is long! Always for the small man! He is always going for the small business guy! Mr. Martella is a great guy! Most beautiful quality is his compassion.

Enrique

Patrick Seidensticker

What an amazing, dedicated, and talented firm! I have a lot of experience using several law firms for various issues over the last three years, and I was very impressed with this firm. I had the pleasure of working with Patrick Seidensticker on a complicated and scary issue with one of my properties. The issue was resolved as quickly as possible, limiting my legal fees, while also being extremely thorough. I highly recommend Patrick and Icard Merrill.

Mark

Jaime Wallace and Staff

I worked with Jaime Wallace for a year on my case. She provided me hope and an educated plan through her expertise, experience, intellect, and compassion. Her advice and plan of action was always in the best interest of me and my future. Jaime and her paralegal Ginnine exceeded my expectations and brought me calmness during the storm and I highly recommend their services as you are treated with respect and compassion during a very difficult time.

JoAnna

Jaime Wallace

Jaime Wallace recently handled my extremely complicated divorce case. Without reservation, I will say Ms. Wallace performed with outstanding professionalism, exceptional expertise, and kind understanding over a long and arduous process. Every expectation was communicated accurately and as promised.. She identified and utilized available resources both inside and outside the firm. Her knowledge of family law gave me comfort that I was well represented. A fair and equitable result is proof of her outstanding performance and high standards. Ms.Wallace was recommended to me by a lawyer at another firm. Needless to say, I owe a sincere thank you for pointing me in the right direction. I highly recommend Ms. Wallace to anyone requiring family law services and Icard Merrill for all of your legal needs.

Gary

John Waskom and Staff 

This firm is really great!! John Waskom and his assistant Gulim (Bugayev) have been just awesome. My mother passed away and I found myself in need of a probate lawyer. My mom’s lawyer that drew up her will wanted right at $4,000. I was devastated as there wasn’t money in the estate for that and personally didn’t have that kind of money. I, myself, was going through some very tough times. I had to reach out for help through legal aid. Mr. Waskom responded and took my case pro-bono and has done everything through the mail because I didn’t have a vehicle. I could never thank him and Gulim enough.

Melody

Michael Foreman and Staff 

Mike and Cindy (Burke),

We can’t begin to tell you how much you meant to Mom, and to us all, for your help and kindness. You are more like family to us and Mom treasured your friendship. We just wanted to let you know how much you are appreciated! Again, thank you!

Jay and family

Mark Martella

Mark gave a wonderful presentation to my condo group about “Staying Solvent During Retirement.” It was concise, interesting, and delivered in layman’s terms so it was easy to understand. He even shared real life stories of situations he’s come across that were pertinent to the discussion. Everyone enjoyed learning the pitfalls and remedies and gave high praise for the content as well as for Mark, the presenter! Thanks so much!

Carole

Telese McKay

Thank you very much for your assistance regarding a sensitive issue. A good result when all parties are happy. Look forward to working with you in the future.

Keith, The Inlets Board of Directors

Mark Martella

Thank you for being you. This is the best Christmas present in my life and I appreciate your support in getting this chapter of my life in the past. You are a 1st class gentleman and professional. An inspiration to us all that makes a difference in the lives of many. Your leadership and support are a blessing to both your clients and colleagues. Words cannot express my gratitude to you and Tara to be there and help me get back on solid ground. God is good and very present.

Mary-Anne

Jessica Farrelly  

The City recently had a need for attorney representation in a human resources matter that involved Florida’s Firefighter Bill of Rights.  Jessica worked closely with staff to resolve the issue.  The outcome was excellent, especially in light of the fact that the firefighters and paramedics are represented by a powerful and aggressive union.

Ms. Farrelly’s role in this process included guiding City staff through the full process of conducting an interrogation, including ensuring proper notifications, the interrogation itself, and necessary actions that followed the interrogation.  We found her ability to navigate this complex process to be thorough and correct.  She led us through drafting the findings and action to be taken, accurately summarizing the issues at hand and ensuring that disciplinary action that followed was appropriate and commensurate to the charges.

We heartily endorse Ms. Farrelly’s commitment to ethical and competent outcomes, and ensuring that any decision that is reached is compliant, not only with the law, but also any agency guidance that may be part of a process.  The City is grateful for her guidance and active participation in a process that could have had a much more negative outcome had Ms. Farrelly not been involved.

Municipal H.R. Manager

Jordan Riccardi and Staff

When my Mom died unexpectedly, I turned to Icard Merrill, as they wrote her will. While I knew nothing about them and had no prior contact with them, I was impressed that Jordy and and his assistant Cindy (Burke) were able to retrieve the will and a living trust filed over 10 years prior from their archives. Given there was essentially nothing in my Mom’s estate, I needed someone to work with me to efficiently guide me on a viable do-it-yourself approach to apply for small estate probate. I was impressed that Jordy was willing and able to that. As a former mediator, I’ve worked with many attorneys and can attest that Jordy and Cindy went above and beyond the norm with their compassionate yet practical approach, well-tailored to my specific needs. They are the kind of attorney I would most want to recommend to my mediation clients seeking competency and fair treatment. If I have need of an attorney for estate planning in Florida, I would definitely consider contacting Jordy before I’d consider anywhere else.

Dana

Tony Manganiello and Staff

I highly recommend my attorney, Anthony Manganiello, at this law firm! Your issue or problem is their top priority and you will always receive prompt and knowledgeable responses. Attorney Manganiello and his staff (Renee & Lauren) were extremely kind to me, they always listened, and they delivered 100% on their promise. I felt fortunate to have this kind of representation and do not hesitate to contact their office. Thanks to all these amazing people!

Edie

Robert Messick

Robert Messick worked with me on a real estate transaction and I cannot say enough about his professionalism and efficiency. He does what he says and completely exceeded my expectations. I was well appraised and his assistant was wonderful. I cannot recommend him highly enough. Thank you for everything!

Barry

Jordan Riccardi

My husband and I contracted Jordy Riccardi for estate planning. From the moment we met with Jordy, he was very thorough and made sure to cover everything we needed. Estate planning is not the most enjoyable process and can be overwhelming, but Jordy made it super easy and answered all of our questions. We were able to ask him any question or ask him to revise something over e-mail and he changed and responded promptly! He made time for us when we both could make it to his office after work and stayed late for us on several occasions. My husband and I were very happy with Jordan “Jordy” J. Riccardi and would recommend him!

Rose

Steve Rees

On behalf of the Nokomis Fire Department, I want to thank you so much for your effort in helping resolve this ordinance issue for us. It is very obvious you were the right person to handle this for so many reasons including your knowledge of Sarasota County ordinances, helping write the interpretation, and knowing who to work with in the County. Your intimate knowledge of fire service workings and effort for our Department did not go unnoticed.

Mike, Nokomis Fire Department

Telese McKay

Thank you for the letter that you sent. Our condominium association board members felt the tone matched exactly how they felt about the incident. The results were equally satisfying to the board. We all feel that you have helped us eliminate a potentially dangerous situation in the building with the least amount of difficulty.

Richard

Jordan Riccardi

We recently contacted Jordan Riccardi for estate planning, in part based on posted reviews. Our experience with him was excellent. He is warm, friendly, and clearly well versed in his field. He immediately put us at ease and made the rather grim prospect of estate planning almost fun. He was also able to set up an LLC for our rental property. He discussed his fees openly and up front so there would be no surprises. We were very pleased with the experience and the resulting documents. We would strongly recommend him to anyone.

Steve & Nancy

Telese McKay

Ms. McKay,

Thank you very much for the effort you put forth in getting my deposit back from the construction company. The check has cleared and I am relieved. I will certainly contact you again if I am ever in need of legal services and am pleased to recommend you to others.

Joan

Tad Drean

My husband and I had a long, two year, exhausting guardianship battle in probate court. Over and over we were dragged back to court and through the mud. We were powerless but our Attorney, Tad Drean, from Icard Merrill was our hero! He was continuously impressive, professional, respectful and well spoken. He got the job done against all odds and we are happy to report it ended in our favor. Thank you Tad! You’re the best!

Audrey

Jordan Riccardi and Staff

Attorney Jordan Riccardi was highly recommended to me by a friend. At our first meeting I was immediately put at ease. Jordan is a very personable, kind, and knowledgeable young attorney. He clearly explained (in detail) every legal document, paying attention to my wishes, many questions and concerns. Attorney Riccardi and his office staff (Cindy Burke) provided a pleasant experience through the entire process. My estate planning and appropriate legal documents were timely prepared exactly to my expectations and wishes. Jordan makes himself available for further counsel, questions and concerns. I definitely recommend Attorney Jordan Riccardi for legal counsel and legal needs in his field of expertise.

Marilyn

Jordan Riccardi

We originally met with one of the senior attorneys at Icard Merrill. After our initial meeting, we were told our information would be reviewed by one of their young associates as there appeared to be some debatable areas which needed to be addressed and researched. This young attorney was Jordan Riccardi. Jordan exceeded our expectations for our legal needs in every way. His correspondence with me was carefully thought out and articulate. The final documents were exceptional. They stated exactly what we hoped to achieve. Should we have any legal needs in the future we would not hesitate to ask for Jordan.

Jacqueline

Jordan Riccardi

I would like to acknowledge with gratitude and respect, the assistance afforded me by Jordan Riccardi. The unexpected loss of my husband left me with the daunting task of settling an extremely complicated estate, as well as assorted business and personal matters. Much to my benefit, Jordan was given my case. I found him to be kind and sensitive to my situation, and the consummate professional. Emails and phone calls were returned in a timely manner. His knowledge of the law was evident from the outset, and Jordan always explained things in a way that cut through complicated “legalese.” Jordan was a tireless advocate on my behalf, undaunted by any challenge that arose. With persistence and talent, he was able to resolve all matters and grant me peace of mind.

Miriam

Jordan Riccardi

Working with Mr. Riccardi was very pleasant and professional. Answered all my questions timely and had excellent follow-through. Thanks!

Dan

Mark Martella

Mark Martella is the best attorney in the area! Always returns my calls and emails, and is extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend Mark!

Rob

Jordan Riccardi and Staff

My husband and I just completed our trust/estate/wills and powers of attorney with Jordan Riccardi. His advice and assistance were professional and knowledgeable. He listened to all of our concerns and helped direct us to the final portfolio. We are completely satisfied and grateful. This can be a long and tedious process but he managed to make it simple.

We are currently working with him and a member of his firm on an agricultural designation for our farm. Again, we are confident that it will be handled professionally.

I will continue to contact him in the future for any of out legal needs. Even if it is not within his realm of expertise, I know he will direct us to the appropriate attorney. For several years we had worked with Tom Hopkins who retired. We were very satisfied with Tom and were worried about the change. Jorddy stepped up and has risen to the occasion and has made a very seamless transition for us.

Nancy

Jordan Riccardi

Attorney Jordan Riccardi has been wonderful! I previously had a very unpleasant experience working with an out-of-town law office and was cringing at the thought of working with another attorney, but Attorney Riccardi was such a breath of fresh air. He is extremely personable (feels like you are talking with an old friend) and he explains the legal process in simplified terms without talking down to his clients. He returns phone calls and emails in a very timely manner and he filed all the necessary paperwork quickly and accurately. A family member of mine also used Attorney Riccardi and was very happy as well-you won’t be disappointed. If all businesses were run like Attorney Riccardi runs his practice, it would be a much less stressful world. Thank you, Attorney Riccardi!

Mary Jo

Jordan Riccardi

Mr. Riccardi did my probate when my wife died. He explained everything that I needed to know. Did it quickly and did a very good job. I was very satisfied with his work. I would recommend him highly.

Jerry

Icard Merrill

If you have a legal problem and need assistance, this is the place.

Rocco

Jordan Riccardi and Staff

We were so very pleased with the knowledge and professionalism of Jordan Riccardi! He always took his time in explaining the complexities of wills, trusts, and power of attorney to us… while doing this in a time manner and being very friendly and understanding. The office staff was very accommodating with all of our needs as well. We would highly recommend him to any that would need his professional services!

Terri

Real Estate Group

Had our house closing done by them, and was really impressed. They are strictly by the book (which is exactly what you want when closing a house sale), but they go our of their way to make a rather scary event comfortable.

Our closing was supposed to start at 10 and be done by lunch, and due to repeated errors by our mortgage company, it dragged out until 5pm. Throughout the time in (Icard Merrill’s) office, they were open, honest, and put so much effort into our closing, leaving no doubt that it would have fallen through without them.

Thanks so much for everything you did for us!

Graham

Jordan Riccardi and Staff

Mr. Riccardi helped me with a summary administration after my dad’s passing. It was clear from the beginning that Mr. Riccardi listened to my specific situation and was giving me advice that would benefit me based on what I told him – he treated me like a person and not just a faceless small client.

All of my dealings with Mr. Riccardi were pleasant and on an appropriate time table – in fact there were a few times when he just reached out to advise that he was still working on things. All of our interactions were on the phone or via email because I am out of state but that didn’t make it seem at all like my issue was less important to him.

His assistant (Cindy Burke) is also really kind. I was super happy with the service I received.

Erin