Richard P. Wicka founded Paralegal Services on 9/1/76. He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a BA in Philosophy. Has been on the board of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center for 9 years. He is also a photographer and a Public Access TV producer.
Rodney C. Montgomery Vice-president, joined Paralegal Services after obtaining a BA in Social Sciences/ Legal Studies in 1987 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Rodney also has an Associates Degree in Liberal arts from Erie Community College South. In 1994 and 1996 he received certificates of completion from the People's Law School Series.
Debra Thessen is our Surrogates' court worker which includes handling all the paperwork on wills and estates. She also is responsible for all court orders going into and out of all of the Supreme Courts. She is in direct contact with court clerks, law clerks & judges. Debra has a Bachelor's degree from UB in Legal Studies/Sociololgy and Associates degree in Paralegal Studies from Erie Community College.
Roger Keeney is our Bankruptcy, US District Court and Hearings & Appeals court worker. He also takes care of filing and orgaization our own office. Roger types up transcripts for law firms from varies types of media: cassette tapes, VHS tapes, CD, DVD, cell phones, phone answering machines.
Elizabeth Eastman is currently handling all of our assignments in the Erie County Clerk's Office. After graduating from Vassar College, she taught French and Spanish and received her Master's Degree from Teachers College, Columbia, in the 1960's. During the 70's and 80's She owned and operated a small business. Upon selling the business, she found she preferred work to retirement. In the early 90's she was hired by Paralegal Services while doing an internship with the County of Erie and working on her Paralegal degree. A lively interst in travel, opera and theatre occupy leisure time hours.
Joseyln Nieves is our research person. She handles all property searches, judgement research, discharges of mortgage, tax bills, business entity searching. She translates documents from Spanish to English. Joselyn fills in for sick or vacationing employees.
Jonathan W. Smith takes care of all documents that pertain to Buffalo City Court, Small Claims, Commercial Claims, Erie County Sheriff's and Buffalo City Court Marshals. Jonathan also does our filing in Chautauqua and Niagara Counties. He enjoys refereeing track and field events for the Buffalo & Niagara Schools. He is also a pastor.