• Report: #706696

Complaint Review: Lee M. Perlman, Esq.

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  • Submitted: Wed, March 16, 2011
  • Updated: Mon, April 04, 2011

  • Reported By: Jim — New Jersey United States of America
Lee M. Perlman, Esq.
1926 Greentree Road #100 Cherry Hill, New Jersey United States of America

Lee M. Perlman, Esq. Bankruptcy Lawyer who takes your money but does nothing for you. Cherry Hill, New Jersey

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: The View from Lee M. Perlman, Esq.

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I went to Lee Perlman to file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy due to $60,000 of unsecured debt. Mr. Perlman discussed my debt with me and the options that I had. He decided to file with the idea of a $300 a month Chapter 7 Plan. I provided all the requested information and made a payment of $415 dollars with the promise of paying another $440 dollars on my next visit just before my court date.

After the second visit I made my payment and was told of when I would have to be in court. Three weeks went by with no contact from Mr. Perlman then three days before my court date he contacted me to tell me that he would not be at my hearing and a different lawyer would handle my case being that this is just a preliminary hearing and basically a formality. He told what papers I needed to bring and what time to be there. I took the day off of work and arrived on time for my trial. The Trustee's asked me who my attorney was and when I told them they laughed out loud that I had chosen Lee Perlman. They informed me that he never shows up to any of his clients hearings and always has a colleague cove for him. When the lawyer who was coving for him showed up she told me she knew everything about the case and this should go smoothly. When I the trustee called us to discuss the case the lawyer gave them photocopies of my filing which the Trustee said was wrong and I should have been giving signed copies of the filing and that we could not continue the case at this time. The Trustee also informed me that Mr. Perlman does this all the time and that I made a big mistake in choosing him as my lawyer.

The case was rescheduled pending me receiving the proper documents, which I did via FedEx. I did not hear anything from Mr. Perlman until the day my first Trustee Payment was due, I was told to Western Union the payment to the trustee in hopes that it would arrive in time. I did this and informed Mr. Perlman of this. He responded with an email in which he told me the case was dismissed and that I should have made the payment on time. This email was extremely rude and unbelievable. I responded asking why was I not contacted about this payment weeks in advance so that it could be made on-time, and why have not heard from him in more then three weeks since the first trial was rescheduled? I did not receive any response from Mr. Perlman, one of his assistants did contact me to tell me that she informed Mr. Perlman that his email was out of line and that the issue came down to a communication problem between them and myself.

In all the case was dismissed, I never heard from Mr. Perlman or his office again except to tell me that they had just moved to a new office building, and he took my $800 dollars for no work at all. If you are contemplating filing for Bankruptcy do not go that route with Lee Perlman as your attorney you will be ripped off and talked down too like you are less then human.

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The View from Lee M. Perlman, Esq.

AUTHOR: Lee M. Perlman, Esqurie - (United States of America)

Each and every client is entitled to always express their opinion. There are
usually two versions of someone's story or here, how their case was handled
by my law firm. One of the hard parts in explaining my version is I do not
know the identity of Jim the client. He has not shared his bankruptcy case
number or full name so I cannot specifically give Jim and those who have
read his "story" a complete version of what happened, that makes for an
somewhat unbalanced or distorted story from Jim.


Jim says "He decided to file with the idea of a $300 a month Chapter 7 Plan"
In all of my cases, clients meet with an attorney to consult about their
financial problems. We always explain the advantages and disadvantages of
bankruptcy and we further explain the differences between chapter 7 and 13.
This is what the court requires us to do and it makes sense. We have been
handling clients this way for 17 years now. After the client, not my firm,
decides and elects what their bankruptcy chapter, we write a letter to the
client reminding them of their bankruptcy chapter. We then begin to prepare
bankruptcy paperwork so the client can review understand and sign his
petition. Nothing is every signed or decided without the client. Jim
suggests we picked the chapter, the plan payment and that he would have "a
chapter 7 plan payment". Jim says this even after he would have received our
letter about the specific chapter he chose and he elected to file. Jim is
also confused since chapter 7 cases do not have payment plans.


Jim then goes on to say, "After the second visit I made my payment and was
told of when I would have to be in court. Three weeks went by with no
contact from Mr. Perlman then three days before my court date he contacted
me to tell me that he would not be at my hearing and a different lawyer
would handle my case"


Our office always has a second client  meeting to review the bankruptcy
petition, chapter selection, discuss court and discuss trustee payments.
Clients meet with one of three lawyers and can ask questions about anything.
We advise the client of their responsibilities and expectations for the
court date, we go over the petition and we discuss the trustee payment plan,
both the amount and when its due date. Then another letter goes out from my
firm with this information. Not only would Jim have received a standard
follow up letter form my office regarding this meeting he would have
received a separate letter form the court and another letter  from the
trustee regarding the court date and trustee payment instructions, these are
separate letters that Jim somehow missed? For Jim to suggest he did not have
ANY notice surrounding his court date or payment terms is just not credible.


Jim then suggests that the trustee "laughed out loud" at Jim's selection of
our firm that that paperwork is never sent properly and that my firm does
not appear at hearings. These allegations are unfounded and without basis.
My firm's dealings with trustees have always been professional and my firm
has never been cited or reprimanded for any of the above by any court or
trustee. 


Jim then suggests that that we notified him incorrectly about the payment,
when he already would had all of the notice I described above. He then
suggests that has case was wrongly dismissed, but fails to explain that he
would have been he would have received another letter about his dismissal
options that would or could have included refiling and or reinstatement,
always communicated to the client.


It is regrettable that Jim is dissatisfied however his narrative does not
really seem loival or plausible. I am open really and free to review correct
and reply to any issues that any client has at any time. It is how I have
been practicing for 17 years and hoe continue to vigorously represent my
clients and their consumer related problems.


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