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St. Petersburg, FL 33702

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I was in a car in a parking lot when a delivery truck backed into me. The insurance company that insured the truck refused to pay for any of the damages. I contacted ARAG and stated what happened. ARAG set up a case number for me. Attorney John Joseph was the first attorney to contact me. He listened to my complex story and guided me through, what to me was a complicated and emotional process. He was always there for me when I called. He asked for and reviewed the information I sent him about the accident. He kept me informed and guided me through the process. The end results. The insurance company agreed to pay for the full amount of the repairs that exceeded $ 2,400.00. I thank him for his knowledge and am grateful for the person he is.


John represented us for problems with two different insurance claims. He achieved results very quickly without litigation and was very responsive and promptly returned calls. We were very impressed with his ability to make things happen quickly! Thanks so much John!


Reached out to John as part of my legal plan coverage for the purchase of my condo. While it was not my first property I purchased, it was a first time I used a lawyer for the process and I am very glad I did. John was very detailed in reviewing all condo docs that were not straightforward. We had some hiccups with the title company in the last week prior to closing and John was instrumental in keeping my best interest. I really appreciate his professional service and advice. Thank you John!!


John Joseph was incredibly helpful during the purchase of our condominium. He walked us through the process thoroughly, and was always quick to respond to any inquiries we had. The title company chosen by the seller kept making errors on the warranty deed, which he picked up on and was diligent in following up and making sure they made the appropriate corrections. We highly recommend him for any real estate transactions. You can feel confident that he is in your corner.


As you know, I had purchased eight home theater seats from this company a few years ago, thinking that I was getting a quality leather product. The total cost for the seats was over $5,000. Within a year of owning these seats, the leather started to deteriorate and peel off the seats. After more than a year of trying to get the company to respond to my concerns and address the problem, I was ready to give up. The company simply never responded to my calls or emails.After being introduced to you through my MetLife legal plan, you agreed to write a demand letter on my behalf, letting the company know that they either needed to address my concerns or I would file a small claims case against them. Within days of a letter being sent I received a call from the customer service manager at Orbo Seating/4seating.com, letting me know that they would be sending me replacement seats with an upgraded leather covering. The value of the seats are significantly higher than the price that I originally paid for the seats. I had honestly not expected to have a result like this. My hope was that they would at least give me a partial credit towards repair and recovering of the seats but this outcome was far greater than I had expected. I am including the email confirmation showing that they have confirmed the shipping of the replacement seats I am very grateful to you for the professionalism and fast service towards my issue, and I would use your services again and recommend you to anyone in need of legal services.

J. M.

He made the process down to earth… it was professional.

Richard H.

My partner and I were able to get our wills, POA, and other estate documents drawn up and notarized N/A – he provided what we asked for.

Rebecca R.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, ARAG for referring me Mr. John Joseph as my real estate transaction attorney. It turned out this was a very difficult transaction. A mistake was made back in the 1950s when the original owner subdivide the land. During the subsequent transactions, nobody spotted the problem. John discovered the problem and fought for me to make sure the issue was resolved via quiet title. John had worked meticulously to foresee any legal issues to ensure that I get a clean title and deed. It is safe to say that without him, I will not be able to see this deal go through. I owe him a big THANK YOU and I will definitely seek his legal advice in the future. I strongly recommend him.


I recently consulted John Paul Joseph about a license agreement that needed modification. From the moment the consultation began until it was finished, John proved himself exceedingly helpful. In addition to answering my question, which was reliant on knowledge of contract law, he provided additional suggestions that I had not considered. The only regret I have is not finding John Paul Joseph earlier, as I firmly believe he could have been a major asset in past business negotiations.


He was quick, accurate and to the point. Friendly and professional. I was very comfortable with him.

Ishtar T.

ARAG Legal Plan Member

On behalf of me and my wife, I wanted to say thank you for taking the time reviewing our wedding contracts leading up to our big day. Not only was it good to know we had the appropriate protections in our contracts, should anything unthinkable happen, but really an example of why seeking counsel from a great attorney is so valuable.  As you might recall, during the review of our photography contract, you pointed out several areas of concern that were unfavorable and questioned if they were aligned with the intent of the services we were expecting. When we addressed them with the photography company, they assured us it was ‘just contract language’ and ‘not to worry… they will make sure to do a great job.’ As a result of your feedback and their subsequent responses, we looked at other photographer options. It turns out we are glad at we did. We not only found our perfect fit who made our day so special and did a phenomenal job! If that alone wasn’t enough, it turns out Key West is a small community. We started talking with another couple who used the very photographer we opted not to at their wedding a couple years previous. The very concerns that were pointed out were some of the same issues and areas of disappointment they had. With photography being the most important way for us to remember our wedding, I can’t express enough thanks for the candor and counsel you have provided!


We utilized Hyatt Legal Plans to help support our real estate transactions as American Express was having me move to the Ft Lauderdale, FL  area.  We selected the Pinellas Legal Center and John Joseph came to represent us.  John was phenomenal!  We had challenges with the buyers of our home as well as the builder of our new home.  John stayed with us every step of the way and provided excellent guidance on how to handle the contracts.  He went above and beyond to help me and my wife through a challenging move.  We will be sticking with Hyatt Legal Plans for a long time.


I want to express my gratitude for your efforts against my Condo Association in Sarasota , Fla , your effort and dedication to my case as before you got involved it had been a long and upsetting process of phones , receiving to answer , no members of Association wanted to help , or get involved or provide just basic service or attention after terrible sewer pipe that burst after sewage backup in neighbor home in a shared wall causing the severe damage on first floor bathroom , kitchen , hallway, front-room , flooding my home in Sarasota, Fla on July 4- 2016 , and again on July 13 – 2016 and July 18 2016 with black water , that left mold and human feces all over down stairs in my home. Mr john P Joseph’s and staff of Pinellas legal center of Saint peter burg Florida , and member of Hyatt legal services a Met Life company . On my behalf you and your team went to work immediately , I am totally grateful to you for taking all of stress off me and took the fight to Association and restored order and direction , with a positive result . His faith and knowledge and determination help to solve a very worries some problem as they Association was pointing fingers at everyone else not taking responsibility for damages. They are now !!!! Mr Joseph’s is a fixer . I truly appreciate all that you did on my behalf you are a rare treasure . Thank you so much.


Dear ARAG Legal Plan: Just wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience and job that Mr. Joseph did. He should be at the top of your referral. Thanks again.


Thank you John for everything. You went above and beyond and my wife and I really appreciated everything.


It was a real pleasure and surprise to meet with you.  I was amazed on how quickly you grasped the issues and so quickly developed and initiated a plan of action to convince our adversary to consider re-framing the issue to make it work for all of us.  I pray that your plan works.  It was extremely comforting to see an efficient, caring and courteous attorney at work.  Both my mother and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the time you granted us and your amazing quick actions.


I contacted Mr. Joseph for a contract review, as my wife and I were buying a home as part of our relocation to Florida.  In the beginning, I was pleased with the service offered by Mr. Joseph, he was prompt, courteous and professional.  Ours was a pretty run of the mill document review as part of the purchase of the house, nothing too involved or intricate.  Mr. Joseph reviewed the documents, made some suggestions and offered some good advice.  Already, this was more than I expected from a contract review.  However, because of confusion on the part of the title agency our closing went totally off the rails.  I’ll spare you the gory details, but suffice to say that Mr. Joseph was the only person in the entire process who I felt was representing my interests.  I have no idea the number of phone calls he made and the time he spent on our case but his presence was invaluable.  He went way above and beyond what I expected from him and I can’t say enough about how pleased I was about the level of service I received and I wanted to make sure that you knew what a happy customer I was.


My legal insurance plan recommended John to me. After I called his office, he contacted me immediately, listened to my problem and was able to suggest a solution. John really took care of my problem and was able to achieve the best results possible. I was very happy with his professionalism, overall knowledge, response time and results, the perfect lawyer! I will recommend John to everyone who needs excellent legal help.


I would like to take the time to thank Hyatt Legal Plans and its network of Attorneys in the South Florida area. Recently, my fiancé and I utilized Hyatt Legal Plans for an issue that saved us thousands of dollars. John P. Joseph at Pinellas Legal Center took the time to help us with our cases and it was settled without going to court. His demand letter was specific and right to the point and was not generic at all. We are now able to have less stress in our lives and focus on our jobs to get ahead in life.


Since only one of the ten lepers came back to thank Jesus, I wanted to not fail to say thanks for your good counsel regarding the fraud I recently discussed with you regarding another church. My meeting with all involved went very well. The full Board was informed and agreed upon the restitution approach, then met with the guilty party and her husband. Confronted with solid evidence, she admitted to everything and she and her husband signed the restitution agreement. (I had our church’s attorney assist me in drafting this document, which left open the possibility of future discovery and reopening of the church’s remedies in that event). There seemed to be a desire on the part of all to move forward discreetly, allowing for repentance and continued fellowship but moving wisely in terms of permanently separating this individual from any church leadership function. Time will tell, but I am hopeful that this situation could turn out as well as could be hoped. Your counsel proved invaluable. Thank you from the leadership of the church as well as from me!


I worked with John Joseph here in the Tampa Bay area and I was very pleased with his response time to my request. He literally got back to me within a few hours and discussed my options with me. I would highly recommend him and this plan to anyone I know.


I had no idea what we were getting into when I proposed the possibility of a merger of Destiny Church in Ruskin, Florida, with Faith Assembly of God in Temple Terrace near Tampa.

An interim pastor had served Faith Assembly for 18 months. Although the church could pay its bills it could not pay a full-time pastor. Our vision at Destiny Church is to be a church of regional influence and impact. We believed we could best accomplish this through revitalizing a church that was struggling. Faith Assembly of God was that church. Faith Assembly consisted of a small group of faithful people who needed leadership and a vision. The church was in the middle of a residential area mostly untouched by the churches in the area.

The board of trustees agreed that the prospect and timing were right for the merger. Everyone involved wanted to do it right. We needed legal advice. This was the best decision we could have made. When I called John Joseph and told him what we were trying to do, he laid out a plan that enabled both churches to understand the merger process. His recommendation for a transition team composed of representatives from both churches aided immeasurable in paving the way through the Plan of Merger, Articles of Merger, a new constitution and bylaws as well as informational meetings at both churches.

While some pastors may be reluctant to seek legal advice because of the cost, we did the right thing. We could not have answered the questions about the protection of our vision and the assets of the churches without his help. Because of our diligence in complying with the legal requirements we did our merger properly. No one can come later and accuse either church of failing to do the right and legal thing.

What began as an idea we shared over lunch is now a reality. Each congregation voted in favor of the merger. We have filed the documents with the state, and the church can now concentrate on its vision to reach the community. Destiny Church of Ruskin, Florida, had its first satellite church in Temple Terrace. We believe we will touch the lives of people we would have been unable to reach otherwise.

In our view, revitalizing existing churches stands alongside planting new churches in the Great Commission mandate Christ gave His church. Doing the merger with the benefit of legal counsel enabled us to pursue that mandate without questions that might later give way to distractions and prevent us from seeing the vision come to pass. The cost was worth every penny for the peace of mind.


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