Lee M Perlman Attorneys

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  • 8 Ranoldo Ter # 300

    Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

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  • 856-751-4224

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Unfortunately my experience with this lawyer was a nightmare. Let's begin saying that when I meet with him on the 1st consultation he did not pay attention to very important details of my case; he never took in consideration that I was recently moved to NJ so the exemptions that should apply are those from the state were I was previously resident.
He told me that the case will be file 60 days after we sign the retainer documentation, but guess what? He filed my case 150 days later.
Another big mistake is that he never mention to me that the balance that you have on your bank accounts on the day he file the case will count as assets. No matter if that money is for something else, like in my case that we made a Cash advance from my wife's credit card to cover another debt of her. So when the trustee came to see my assets he included this money, which technically wasn't mine, not to mention that he also included as an asset a "Security Deposit" of a property owned by my wife in another state, which is rented. What this team of lawyers did about this? Nothing!!! I really did not understand why he included this money if the NJ real estate law says that the security deposit of a rental always belongs to the tenant, never to the landlord. So that money was on one of my bank accounts because is required by law, but that money never belongs to me.
Let's continue, the day of the 341 Meeting of Creditors the lawyer that Mr. Perlman sent to represent me (Omar Valdez) did not have any idea about my case, so he couldn't respond any of the questions the trustee asked him. The only good thing this lawyer did on that meeting was to make the trustee be very upset.
Another issue that I would like to mention is the lack of customer service skills his staff posses, beginning with the receptionist who always treat you whit attitude.
In one opportunity I asked for an appointment with Mr. Valdez to have an updated about my case, the appointment was at 10:00 am so I arrived a few minutes earlier. It was 11:15 am and I was still waiting, even when Mr. Valdez saw me through a glass door at around 10:30 am. When Mr. Valdez finally approached to me he told me that he cancelled my appointment through an e-mail he sent me the same day around 6:30 am. My question is: Is this a professional way to cancel an appointment?
At the end I had to pay $3,000 that went straight to the trustee's pocket, because it was the amount of money he claimed as attorney fees. So none of the $3,000 went to the creditors.

I am not saying that he is not a good lawyer because I had to pay; I understand that in a bankruptcy case you can end up paying, according to your assets; I??m saying that he is no a good lawyer because he never protected my interests, represented me and he never gave the proper counseling; that is why there were tons of mistakes. In other words I felt that my lawyer was representing the trustee but not me.

My recommendation for those who are thinking to file for bankruptcy is to make sure to hire an attorney with good reputation and someone that you can rely on.

Survey. 1 to 5, where 1=Poor and 5= Excellent.

Initial Phone conversation with attorney???????????????4
Ease of scheduling appointment(s)?????????????????4
Directions to the office??????????????????????.5
Staff knowledge of bankruptcy???????????????????1
Courteousness and willingness to help???????????????.1
Timeliness of papers from prepared?????????????????1
Timeliness of papers being filed with court??????????????1
Preparation for court appearance?????????????????...1
Quality of the attorney who represented you at the court appearance??1

The service I received have failed to meet my expectations.

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★★★★☆

Unfortunately my experience with this lawyer was a nightmare. Let's begin saying that when I meet with him on the 1st consultation he did not pay attention to very important details of my case; he never took in consideration that I was recently moved to NJ so the exemptions that should apply are those from the state were I was previously resident.
He told me that the case will be file 60 days after we sign the retainer documentation, but guess what? He filed my case 150 days later.
Another big mistake is that he never mention to me that the balance that you have on your bank accounts on the day he file the case will count as assets. No matter if that money is for something else, like in my case that we made a Cash advance from my wife's credit card to cover another debt of her. So when the trustee came to see my assets he included this money, which technically wasn't mine, not to mention that he also included as an asset a "Security Deposit" of a property owned by my wife in another state, which is rented. What this team of lawyers did about this? Nothing!!! I really did not understand why he included this money if the NJ real estate law says that the security deposit of a rental always belongs to the tenant, never to the landlord. So that money was on one of my bank accounts because is required by law, but that money never belongs to me.
Let's continue, the day of the 341 Meeting of Creditors the lawyer that Mr. Perlman sent to represent me (Omar Valdez) did not have any idea about my case, so he couldn't respond any of the questions the trustee asked him. The only good thing this lawyer did on that meeting was to make the trustee be very upset.
Another issue that I would like to mention is the lack of customer service skills his staff posses, beginning with the receptionist who always treat you whit attitude.
In one opportunity I asked for an appointment with Mr. Valdez to have an updated about my case, the appointment was at 10:00 am so I arrived a few minutes earlier. It was 11:15 am and I was still waiting, even when Mr. Valdez saw me through a glass door at around 10:30 am. When Mr. Valdez finally approached to me he told me that he cancelled my appointment through an e-mail he sent me the same day around 6:30 am. My question is: Is this a professional way to cancel an appointment?
At the end I had to pay $3,000 that went straight to the trustee's pocket, because it was the amount of money he claimed as attorney fees. So none of the $3,000 went to the creditors.

I am not saying that he is not a good lawyer because I had to pay; I understand that in a bankruptcy case you can end up paying, according to your assets; I??m saying that he is no a good lawyer because he never protected my interests, represented me and he never gave the proper counseling; that is why there were tons of mistakes. In other words I felt that my lawyer was representing the trustee but not me.

My recommendation for those who are thinking to file for bankruptcy is to make sure to hire an attorney with good reputation and someone that you can rely on.

Survey. 1 to 5, where 1=Poor and 5= Excellent.

Initial Phone conversation with attorney???????????????4
Ease of scheduling appointment(s)?????????????????4
Directions to the office??????????????????????.5
Staff knowledge of bankruptcy???????????????????1
Courteousness and willingness to help???????????????.1
Timeliness of papers from prepared?????????????????1
Timeliness of papers being filed with court??????????????1
Preparation for court appearance?????????????????...1
Quality of the attorney who represented you at the court appearance??1

The service I received have failed to meet my expectations.

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