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Philadelphia Pa Probate AV Rating

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Philadelphia Pa Probate AV Rating – Bio

John B. Whalen, Jr., Esq.
Born July 14, 1962
AV Peer Review Preeminent® 2006-Present

Philadelphia Pa Probate AV Rating – Dedication

… this post is dedicated to my father who would follow my career, who would always get irritated at me because I don’t internalize these awards, and my mother who was always caught in the middle …

Philadelphia Pa Probate AV Rating – Note

I have been asked often what the AV Peer Review Rating means. The following explanation is directly from the Martindale Website.

Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Peer Ratings and Client Reviews

For more than 130 years, Martindale-Hubbell has been evaluating attorneys for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards through a Peer Review Rating system. Prior to the 1887 edition of Martindale’s American Law Directory, which was the first publication to provide such ratings to attorneys, there was no way of truly knowing if the lawyer you were considering to do business with was trustworthy, ethical, or skilled in the legal field.

Today – Martindale-Hubbell continues to provide verified ratings for attorneys based not only on their legal ability and ethical standards as judged by their peers, but also based on reviews from their clients. While the criteria and format of the Peer Review Rating system has evolved since the 1800’s – the goal of Martindale-Hubbell ratings remains the same: to help keep the public informed when making the decision to do business with an attorney or law firm.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings

Historically the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system utilized an “A – B – C” scale to estimate the legal ability and ethical standards of an attorney.

To qualify for an “A” rating an attorney had to be reported as “Very High” in their legal ability and had been practicing for at least 10 years, a “B” rating meant an attorney was rated “High” and had to be practicing for at least 5 years, and a “C” rating meant that the attorney was rated “fair” with no limitations on how long they were practicing.

A second rating was also given to go along with the “A – B – C” rating and that was a “V,” meaning that the attorney’s peers stated they had “Very High” ethical standards. Over the years this transitioned to “AV”, “BV”, and “CV” ratings – with an “AV” rating meaning that the attorney had reached the highest of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.

Today, Martindale-Hubbell conducts a thorough review of attorneys who wish to receive a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, through a secure online peer review survey where a lawyer’s ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice is assessed by their peers.

Once the review process is completed an attorney may receive 1 of the following Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™:

  • AV Preeminent®: The highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers.
  • Distinguished: An excellent rating for an attorney who has some experience and is widely respected by their peers for their professional achievement and ethical standards.
  • Notable: A rating given to a lawyer who has been recognized by a large number of their peers for their strong ethical standards.

Martindale-Hubbell Client Review Ratings

While the Peer Review Ratings™ is still the gold standard in attorney ratings – times have most certainly changed since the first attorney ratings were released in 1887.

With the rise of the internet and how easy it is to share your experience with a business – it was important that Martindale-Hubbell also introduced a rating system for client reviews. In 2017 Martindale-Hubbell introduced a yearly client review rating award known as the “Client Champion” award to help consumers understand the real world experience previous clients had with a lawyer or law firm.

Attorneys can qualify for 3 different award levels of “Client Champion” based on client reviews:

  • Platinum: Has received at least 10 client reviews and maintains and average client rating of 4.5 or higher.
  • Gold: Has received at least 6 client reviews and maintains and average client rating of 4.2 or higher.
  • Silver: Has received at least 3 client reviews and maintains and average client rating of 4.0 or higher.

Whether you’re a consumer who is looking to enlist the services of an attorney or a lawyer interested in being awarded a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ or Client Champion rating – Martindale-Hubbell has all the information you need; just select your path below.


John B. Whalen, Jr., JD., LL.M., is an AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent 5.0 and Avvo Rated 10.0 Superb premier and prestigious Attorney and Counselor at Law. He is featured on Avvo, Justia, Lawyers, LinkedIn, Martindale, Nolo, and Thumbtack. He has amassed over 70 prestigious professional awards and over 5000 client reviews and endorsements. His main office is located at 696 Pont Reading Road, Philadelphia, PA, 19087, and he serves all surrounding counties, on all 7 days, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and on evenings, weekends, and holidays. He can be reached by email at jw60297@me.com, and by telephone at 1-484-417-6244.

I Still Get To Live

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“I Still Get To Live” – Bio

David Eric Grohl
Born January 14, 1969
Founder, frontman, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter of the rock band Foo Fighters since 1994, and was the best-known and longest-serving drummer for Nirvana from 1990 to 1994, when they broke up, following the death of Kurt Cobain.

“I Still Get To Live” – Dedication

… this post is dedicated to those who want to call it a day, those who called it a day, and to the shrapnel who hits everyone else …

“I Still Get To Live” – Thoughts

when Kurt died, I remember the next day

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and thinking I still get to live

so I’m going to live every day

like its my last one

even if it’s the worst day

I’m going to try and appreciate it

Something To Believe In

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and give me something to believe in

Something To Believe In – Bio

Bret Michael Sychak
Born March 15, 1963
American Musician, Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Producer,

Something To Believe In – Dedication

… this post is dedicated to believing that the past is gone and it should be left there, to believing that the future will be okay when it arives, and to believing that the present will show me people who believe the same …
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Something To Believe In – Background

“With “Something To Believe In” I wrote that late at night after a friend (James Kimo Maano, a security guard and best friend of Bret Michaels) of mine passed away a couple of Christmas’ ago.

I was at my mom’s house for Christmas when we got the call and it was late at night. That really affected,” he says as his voice trails off.

The song emphasizes several different things, such as the televangelism scandals, the thoughts of a Vietnam veteran and how he can never seem to shake the memories of “a war he can’t forget,” the recent death of a friend, and seeing the homeless on a street at night, dimly lit by a neon sign that once spelled out “Jesus Saves” and how it seems that the lessons of yesterday are forgotten on the world of today.

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Well I see him on the TV
Preachin’ ’bout the promised lands
He tells me to believe in Jesus
And steals the money from my hand
Some say he was a good man
But Lord I think he sinned, yeah

Twenty-two years of mental tears
Cries a suicidal Vietnam vet
Who fought a losing war on a foreign shore
To find his country didn’t want him back

Their bullets took his best friend in Saigon
Our lawyers took his wife and kids, No regrets
In a time I don’t remember
In a war he can’t forget

He cried forgive me for
What I’ve done there
‘Cause I never meant the things I did

And give me something to believe in
If there’s a Lord above
And give me something to believe in
Oh, Lord arise

My best friend died a lonely man
In some Palm Springs hotel room
I got the call last Christmas Eve
And they told me the news

I tried all night not to break down and cry
As the tears rolled down my face
I felt so cold and empty
Like a lost soul out of place

And the mirror, mirror on the wall
Sees my smile it fades again

And give me something to believe in
If there’s a Lord above
And give me something to believe in
Oh, Lord arise

Sometimes I wish to God
I didn’t know now
The things I didn’t know then

Road, you gotta take me home

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I drive by the homeless sleeping on a cold dark street
Like bodies in an open grave
Underneath the broken old neon sign
That used to read Jesus Saves

A mile away live the rich folks
And I see how they’re living it up
While the poor they eat from hand to mouth
The rich is drinkin’ from a golden cup

And it just makes me wonder
Why so many lose, so few win

Something To Believe In – Video

Give me something to believe in

(Give me something to believe in)

Give me something to believe in

(Give me something to believe in)

If there’s a Lord above

And give me something to believe in

(You take the high road and I’ll take the low road)

Oh Lord

And give me something to believe in

(You take the high road and I’ll take the low road)

Oh Lord arise

(You take the high road and I’ll take the low road)

And give me something to believe in

(You take the high road and I’ll take the low road)

And give me something to believe in, yeah, yeah

Boom Boom Boom

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“Boom Boom Boom” – Bio

Solibury Hill
Released 1977
Peter Brian Gabriel – English singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.

“Boom Boom Boom” – Dedication

… this post is dedicated jabbling, long walks to nowhere merely just to be with someone and nothing more, and having the courage to follow your heart irrespective of where you may go…

“Boom Boom Boom” – Questions

… I have been blogging for over a decade now …

… many have read my posts …

… most know my mania and folly …

… I blog about legal updates …

… I blog about my gig in estate law …

… The best part of my gig

… Is getting to meet people …

… And getting to know them …

… The one immutable fact I know …

… As well as your God …

… and a handful of self-actualized others …

… Is that we are all broken …

… We are all lonely …

… We are all insecure …

… We have all been to hell and back …

… Yet – no one talks about these things …

… They’d rather just go to the mall …

… They’d rather just watch reality tv …

… Ostriches and crabs …

… (that’s a metaphor) …

… ab initio – ad infinitum – ad nauseam …

… you’ll need “Google Latin” for that one …

“Boom Boom Boom” – Answers

… I know the reasons why …

… It’s due to embarrassment …

… Its due to ignorance …

… It’s due to selfishness …

… It’s due to narcissism

… (sorry – look it up) …

… It’s due to solipsism

… (yeah – keep the browser open) …

… It’s due to egocentrism …

… (sorry – I graduated from 3rd grade) …

… It’s due to all of these things and more …

… But – there are very simple answers …

… Most – however – don’t like simple answers …

… there are simple ways to garnish the courage ..

… there are simple ways to throw away old things …

… there are simple ways to get through things …

… my brother says – “life is hard – get a helmet” …

… That’s simple …

… so – back to why I am writing this …

… I have already addressed this topic is many posts …

… and the list goes on …

“Boom Boom Boom” – Meaning

… Peter Gabriel was in the band Genesis …

… He was disillusioned …

… He was unhappy for many reasons …

… he was thinking of leaving the band …

… And starting a solo career …

… He did end up leaving Genesis …

… and launched a successful solo career …

… “Solsbury Hill” was his first single …

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… He has had a magnificent solo career …

… I think it means that Peter had the simple answer …

… He had the courage to let go of the past …

Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city light
Wind was blowing, time stood still
Eagle flew out of the night

He was something to observe
Came in close, I heard a voice
Standing, stretching every nerve
Had to listen, had no choice

I did not believe the information
Just had to trust imagination

My heart going boom, boom, boom
“Son”, he said, “grab your things, I’ve come to take you home”

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To keep in silence I resigned
My friends would think I was a nut
Turning water into wine
Open doors would soon be shut

So I went from day to day
Though my life was in a rut
‘Til I thought of what I’ll say
Which connection I should cut

I was feeling part of the scenery
I walked right out of the machinery

My heart going boom, boom, boom
Hey – he said, “grab your things, I’ve come to take you home”

When illusion spin her net
I’m never where I want to be
And liberty she pirouette
When I think that I am free

Watched by empty silhouettes
Who close their eyes but still can see
No one taught them etiquette
I will show another me

Today I don’t need a replacement
I’ll tell them what the smile on my face meant

My heart going boom, boom, boom
“Hey”, I said, “you can keep my things, they’ve come to take me home”

“Boom Boom Boom” – Note To Self

… [Peter] Gabriel has said of the song’s meaning, that “It’s about being prepared to lose what you have for what you might get … It’s about letting go.” …

… His former bandmate Tony Banks acknowledges that the song reflects Gabriel’s decision to break ties with Genesis, but it can also be applied in a broader sense to situations of letting go in general …

… I admire Peter Gabriel for doing this …

… He had the determination to let go …

… He had the wisdom to know it may fail …

… He had the strength to make it happen …

… this post was actually directed straight at me – to make me remember that rebuilding a life takes time – to make me remember that those who come and go are meant to come and go – and to make me remember that I have no control over who stays and who goes (but I can hope) …

We Are Going To Be Friends

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“We Are Going To Be Friends” – Bio

We’re Going To Be Friends
Released Late 2002
American alternative rock band White Stripes

“We Are Going To Be Friends” – Dedication

… this post is dedicated to finding ourselves in others, finding others without themselves, and knowing that we need to help others rid themselves of their ‘outdated clothes’ if we are going to be true friends…

“We Are Going To Be Friends” – We’re Born

… I truly enjoy writing these blog posts …

… in one way, shape, or another …

… I have been writing my whole life …

… lyrics for a band …

… poems for whatever poems are for …

… professional articles …

… shopping lists …

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… but these blog posts are my favorite …

… as music, literature, and art

… are my folly and mania …

… I tend to site these in support of legal and life …

… all to be continued …

“We Are Going To Be Friends” – We Grow Up

… and then we grow up …

… in the blink of an eye …

… and at the speed of light …

… and we are too busy to notice …

… and in my line of work …

… I am privy to all of this …

… I see those who are still stuck …

… I wonder why they are …

… we have all been to hell and back …

… and we are all …

… “Like A Monster Back From Hell” …

… at times …

[spoiler alert – that last quote is from an upcoming post]

“We Are Going To Be Friends” – Most Stay In The Past

… its very important that that we move on …

… we can’t let the past continue to be the present …

… but I encounter many locked in the past …

… they have the same outfits …

… these outfits don’t fit them anymore …

… I am forced to conclude …

… that they find comfort in this …

… I am also forced to conclude that …

… they may be buried in those outfits …

“We Are Going To Be Friends” – Conan Obrien

… I believe that we are all the children we once were …

… we have just forgotten this …

… The White Stripes have not …

“We Are Going To Be Friends” – The White Stripes …

Fall is here, hear the yell
Back to school, ring the bell
Brand new shoes, walking blues
Climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
I can tell that we are gonna be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee
Through the park and by the tree
We will rest upon the ground
And look at all the bugs we found
Safely walk to school without a sound
Safely walk to school without a sound

Here we are, no one else
We walked to school all by ourselves
There’s dirt on our uniforms
From chasing all the ants and worms
We clean up and now it’s time to learn
We clean up and now it’s time to learn

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Numbers, letters, learn to spell
Nouns, and books, and show and tell
Playtime we will throw the ball
Back to class, through the hall
Teacher marks our height against the wall
Teacher marks our height against the wall

We don’t notice any time pass
We don’t notice anything
We sit side by side in every class
Teacher thinks that I sound funny
But she likes the way you sing

Tonight I’ll dream while I’m in bed
When silly thoughts go through my head
About the bugs and alphabet
And when I wake tomorrow I’ll bet
That you and I will walk together again
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
Yes I can tell that we are gonna be friends.

… so – as I have thrown away my outdated outfits …

… I will continue not to notice any time pass …

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