“Last year my mother, an American citizen, passed away. I am an Italian citizen and I live in Italy. Before her death, my mother had told me over the phone that she had prepared a will that was favorable to me; however, upon her death, my mother’s husband - with whom I don’t have a good relationship - did not contact me.
I live far away, in Italy, and to protect my interests I request the assistance of avvocato Roberta Gentili Purcell. I did not know her, and I found her name in the list of the attorneys of the Italian Consulate.
With great professionalism, avvocato Roberta Gentili Purcell, who represents me because I am in Italy, was able to find my mother’s will at an Arizona law firm.
My mother’s husband does not cooperate and does not provide any information about my mother’s estate; for this reason I had to file a suit against him, which should end soon.
With attorney [Roberta Gentili Purcell] I communicate and I send her the needed information and documents by e-mail. We also spoke over the phone, and since the beginning there was a relationship based on trust and transparency.
I am constantly informed of all the legal actions that have been pursued, and of their outcome.
T.P., Palermo, Italy.
Thanks to avvocato Roberta’s relational skills and professionalism, I feel secure because I know that she works hard to protect my interests.”
“To whom it may concern:
My name is Gary S. from Mesa, Arizona.
I needed an Italian attorney to pursue my hanging citizenship petition before the Italian Consulate in L.A. I turned to Avvocato Roberta Gentili, who guided me step by step, through the whole process. Roberta is professional, dedicated, tenacious, and effective. With her help, I was able to finally obtain all the documents that I needed to reopen the case in my favor. I highly recommend her assistance for any services involving Italian law.
Gary S., Mesa, Arizona, U.S.A.
“I chose attorney Gentili-Purcell from a list of law firms provided
by the Italian Consulate of Los Angeles. I asked her assistance
in a very complex matter involving Italian family law with relevant
law implications. I was looking for a professional who actually
knew the Italian law and legal system, and that at the same time was
to work well in team with my U.S.-based attorney. I am so glad
that I found attorney Gentili-Purcell. Her communication skills were
and because of her competent assistance, I was able to successfully
argue my case despite the tight deadlines typical of a US trial.
It was very important to have a professional who was attentive to my
responded promptly to my requests, and conveyed my point of view
to my attorney located in the U.S. I could have never done this without
her. Ms. Gentili-Purcell’s positive attitude and proactive approach
helped me to overcome moments of authentic despairs, and effectively
carried through my case. I warmly suggest her services to anyone.”
Silvia L., Florence, Italy.
“Dear Roberta: Thank you very much for your assistance with my Italian citizenship application. You were thorough in your research, and always answered my questions promptly. You consistently conducted yourself in a friendly, yet professional manner. It was truly a pleasure working with you.”
Sandra P., California, U.S.A.
“I retained Roberta Gentili-Purcell to help me acquire dual citizenship
via the iure sanguinis process. I was surprised by the multiplicity
of requirements imposed by the Italian Consulate and could
not have imagined going through this process without the help of a Foreign Legal
Consultant/Italian attorney, particularly Ms. Gentili-Purcell.
to her outstanding and detailed attention to my case, I am
delighted to provide this testimony for her services. Ms. Gentili-Purcell went
above and beyond the mere professional expertise, and provided
of service throughout the process that was extremely personalized,
caring and effective. I had many (almost endless!) questions
along the way, which she answered promptly and thoroughly. She was available
to me by e-mail or phone. Ms. Gentili-Purcell has an exquisite
eye for detail, and is very warm and personable. I was also very glad to
have her at my side during my interview at the Consulate; she
carried all the required (and voluminous) documents with her, spoke directly
with the Consular Office on my behalf when necessary, and explained
contradictions in the process when they arose, as well as possible
options and solutions. Having her present at my interview was
of tremendous value and, in my view, an absolute necessity in expediting the
process. I can wholeheartedly recommend Ms. Gentili Purcell,
and I have every confidence that her outstanding level of services is a standard
for her. She really takes prides in her excellent work!”
Daniela S., California, U.S.A.
“I am completely satisfied with the work performed on my behalf
by Roberta Gentili-Purcell. Roberta was totally dedicated
to my pursuit of Italian citizenship, and made sure that I understood all of
paperwork and process needed to obtain it. She was meticulous
in procuring the required documentation. She was easy to reach, easy to talk
and, most of all, represented me in the most professional
manner. I do not speak Italian, so her ability to communicate with the Consular
officers and local officials in Italy was invaluable to
my case. I
would recommend Roberta to anyone who is seeking Italian
citizenship. I do not have experience with any of Roberta’s other legal
specialties, but I would look to her for advice and counsel on any legal matter
that I may have, and take her recommendation to heart.”
Rita S., North Carolina, U.S.A.
“I am a dual citizen (Italian and American) citizen residing in
Arizona. I met attorney Gentili-Purcell in 2009, when
I needed assistance in handling the sale of a real estate property located in
the time I finally met her, I had tried several times
to do it, at first on my own, and later with the help of non-professionals. Until
that point I had spent a lot of money with no results,
and was extremely
frustrated. Ms. Gentili-Purcell handled the sale of my
Italian property on my behalf in a very professional manner. The process was
and transparent, and I received the payment according
to the instructions given. With the time, I have grown to appreciate and trust
legal services with all my legal affairs connected to
Dominic C., Arizona, U.S.A.
“We first contacted attorney Roberta Gentili-Purcell prior to
our marriage celebrated in Italy in 2011, when we needed
legal documents and translations. Ms. Gentili-Purcell handled our case accurately,
at a fair price, and in a timely manner. In 2012, following
we again requested her services and again we were very
pleased. We highly recommend Ms. Gentili-Purcell’s services to those who
expect honest, accurate and timely results. She has
been professional yet amicable. We plan to continue using her services as long
is a need.”
Marian and Candace, Italy.
“What a process!! Trying to close out our mother’s estate for
over 2 years after her passing was stressful and
challenging, not to mention the most nerve-racking experience my 3 sisters and
I have ever
encountered. The process of trying to translate and
get the correct wording for forms needed to close out this inheritance was just
horrible experience… No matter what we tried, it
was the wrong form or the wrong wording or the wrong everything.
This was an extremely
trying time to be having all these issues with just
trying to collect what was rightfully ours from another
country. W tried different government
agencies, and after months of making use wait for
them to get to our paperwork, it would still be incorrect
or there was something missing.
The number of phone calls, paperwork, misunderstanding
back and forth to Italy and not to mention the expense.
We were at the point of wanting
to give up and throw in the towel and just forget
about the whole thing. All it took was a Google search
for an Italian lawyer and, event though
we were unsure of an unknown, just one visit to Mrs.
Gentili-Purcell and the stress was gone. Her professionalism
and understanding of the
Italian law put us immediately at ease. Honestly,
it was such a positive shock to have this situation abruptly
end, I’m still reeling
with happiness. Our only regret is we did not find
her sooner. We can’t
thank you enough – you truly are exceptional.”
Maria T. F., Arizona, U.S.A.
“I was very lucky to meet attorney Gentili-Purcell who assisted
with all my Italian legal matters. At first she helped
me settling my Italian estate, then she also assisted me in the process of re-acquiring
my Italian citizenship. Everything went well. I am
very happy, and
warmly recommend her services.”
Michaelina D., Arizona, U.S.A.
“I had the pleasure of having Roberta helping me with an International
Law issue in December of 2012. The entire process
was explained thoroughly without making me feel overwhelmed. Any questions
I had were addressed
in a timely manner, with courtesy and professionalism.
I would not hesitate to have Roberta handle any future international law issue
or recommend her to family or friends for their
future legal matters.”
Rosalia T., Arizona, U.S.A.
“I had considered pursuing my Italian citizenship years ago,
but felt overwhelmed by the documents needed and the process itself.
had begun assembling the documents and trying
to organize an application, but quickly realized I had neither the
time nor the expertise to accomplish
my goal. I contacted Roberta, and it was without
a doubt the best decision I could have made. She made the process easy
and organized. She kept
me fully up to date every step of the way. I
have now obtained my Italian citizenship, and I have no doubt that
I could not have done it without
Roberta’s guidance and assistance.”
Ralph M., Arizona, U.S.A.
“Roberta Gentili-Purcell is an excellent attorney who impeccably
assisted me in a complex and long procedure
regarding real estate properties that I inherited in Italy.”
Enrico M., Arizona, U.S.A.
“Thank you very much. I truly appreciate working with persons
as yourself who are not only clearly
extremely competent and efficient in your profession, but also very pleasant
Giorgio P., Washington, U.S.A.
“Roberta Gentili-Purcell did an excellent job on my family search
and the possibility of my dual Italian
citizenship. I find her work honest, reliable, and courteous in her manners.
Elmer F., Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
“I have known Roberta Gentili-Purcell since May 2013 when
I contacted her to assist me in obtaining my Italian
citizenship. It is important to note that I contacted her after six years
to work with
several other Italian and U.S.-based
attorneys as well as citizenship consultants, all of them were unable to achieve
results. From our first
phone call, Roberta listened carefully
and took the
time to perfectly understand my history, technical problems, timelines
and intentions. I had a complex situation involving work in E.U.,
visas for my non-U.S.
wife, and sourcing ancestral Italian
that have been impossible to obtain previously. She did a superb job
with her initial
and her assessment, and followed through
with this understanding as our situation changed and developed, until my
Italian passport was
in my hands. She handled everything
is extremely organized, a crucial ability given the amount of documentation,
family, and outside
resources it is necessary to involve.
very focused on results for clients, does not give up, and is a very
taking the initiative to obtain our
key ancestral birth certificate
in Sicily where others had failed.
Roberta kept my family and I continuously updated across several
time zones via
concise and well-written
and Skype calls,
creating a sense of teamwork and
accomplishments over the year that it took
to gather all the necessary documentation.
Everyone in my family enjoyed their
her, and quickly grew to
enjoyed her friendly approach, and
personal integrity. This was also
very apparent in the Italian Consulate
during our appointment, where
her relationships were friendly and
professional. Her presentation of
my case was methodical, mature,
documentary and verbal back-up details
at hand that were well received and
Roberta brings confidence
and surety. Her work is absolutely
what she does professionally, and
her personality and keenness are
a pleasure to work
recommend her with enthusiasm and
Christopher M., California, U.S.A.
“To whom it may concern:
I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you what an incredible
woman, lawyer and human being Ms.
Roberta Gentili Purcell has been. She has been handling my case which will
of attaining Dual Citizenship in
the United States and Italy.
She is a good listener, and only a phone call
away from any need or concerns that I might encounter
this tedious process.
Her work on
the translations, Apostilles, and any and all documentation necessary
case are timely,
concise and flawless. She
has restored my faith that
this can be accomplished, particularly
since I have not
found a favorable response
attorneys and translators that
have merely taken my time
to no avail.
She approaches her
task with the tenacity to get the job done and
valuable data for
to present to the Italian Consulate.
of paper needed for my presentation
labeled and in plastic sheet-covers,
enclosed in a binder
allowing for clarity and
ease for the Consulate’s
I am elated with her
work and would not hesitate to recommend
Very truly yours,”
Grace S., New York, USA
“Simply put – without Roberta’s assistance I could
not have become an Italian citizen.
She did an excellent job, and I would highly
recommend her to anyone
looking to work through the iure sanguinis process. After completing
see if I truly qualified
for iure sanguinis, she
the steps I needed to go through to get the process
done. She was
my foreign documents
from Italy and South
Africa, and made herself available for calls and office visits
Because of her experience, Roberta let me know what
issues may have been
potential problems with my file and documents.
of the excellent organization
and attention to the details she provided, I was literally
my one-hour appointment
in only 15 minutes! As a matter of fact, the Consular
who examined my application thanked
me for the thoroughness
we are in the process of planning
our trip and possible
Italy. Thank you for
Denise D., Arizona,
“Good Morning Roberta,
I just wanted to let you know, it was
a pleasure to finally meeting you. I also
wanted to thank you for your professionalism in helping
us through the
process of preparing a “Procura Speciale alla
vendita”. We are
for your kindness.”
Frank and Carmela
R., Arizona, USA
“Ms. Gentili-Purcell was an absolutely essential part of the Italian
from obtaining my documents to scheduling my meeting with the Consulate, it couldn’t
be done without
her. From our initial
the translations of the
was knowledgeable, professional,
helpful. I would highly
had given her name
info to others
in my family who are interested
in pursuing their
Roberta per tutto
quello che avete
Denise K., Montana,
“The whole process of obtaining Dual Italian Citizenship for
family members and
myself has been such a positive experience. It has been a pleasure working with
Roberta Gentili Purcell.
She is extremely
and most of all
patient. Her knowledge of Italian law, processes and
systems was a great help that
My family and I whole-hearthedly
the citizenship process to
She has become
part of my
“I began my project to obtain Italian citizenship in July
2013. After spending
about 6 months gathering documents, I realized that I simply did not have
skills, to finish this job by myself. After contacting
the Italian Consulate in Phoenix
my situation, they referred me to Roberta.
Ms. Gentili-Purcell has been, and
still is, an absolute pleasure
to work with. She took control of the situation and got me
track. She resolved a few small outstanding issues and handled a
she was able to get the Consulate to agree to let my 22 year old son to
of applying separately), a significant savings in
After all the documents
she scheduled a meeting in Los Angeles with
officers, and this is where her expertise was most valuable.
at the Consulate, which is a little
intimidating, a consular official steps into the
to tell me that Roberta had
contacted her from the airport to let her know that
she is running a little late,
not to worry since we have plenty of time and Ms.
is always well prepared. That put me immediately at ease.
the Consulate is where Roberta
really gets to work. I cannot overstate how important
it is to
expert, and an Italian, with you
at this meeting. It is very
the Consulate staff respects Roberta and
values her work - when you can feel the mutual respect
you don’t speak the language, you
quickly and professionally,
the approval of