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Just came back from my creditors meeting. I went with a group of six other clients of Mr. Simon. We all loved him! Everything went so well for all of us and we were all so grateful to him. So different from the other attorneys who did not show up themselves, or spoke rudely to their clients. Mr. Simon was so nice to all of us. He met with us beforehand in his office, so that we knew what to expect, he reassured us that we had nothing to fear. One attorney, when each of his clients was done with their individual meeting, ordered each of his clients away from the table by snapping, “wait outside.” Doesn’t sound too bad, right, but it was more the way it was said; like a dismissive order. On the other hand, when we were done with our meeting, Mr. Simon warmly took each of our hands in both of his hands and said how well we did and if we wanted to wait, we could meet outside when he was done with the others. We all waited and all of the female clients hugged him. No other attorneys were being hugged. One woman, who said she had bad experiences with attorneys, was even crying tears of joy because she was so relieved and things went so well under his guidance.
Jay Simon just has a way of putting clients at ease. As an example, during the preparation of my petition, Mr. Simon realized I was a Doctor Who fan (hence, the above quote). Mr. Simon used conversations about a topic we both liked, Doctor Who, to relax me while we worked on my petition. He also used down to earth examples to explain bankruptcy concepts so that I was able to relate to them. When he explained the bankruptcy stay protecting me from creditors, he used the shields from Star Trek; something I would relate to. (Can you tell I am a sci-fi nerd?)
Anyway, Jay is a special person in my life and now has a special place in my heart (again, see the quote above). I just love him. He has one of the most caring hearts. He has incredible empathy when it comes to others. He is just a nice man, a phenomenal person with genuine warmth. You will never meet a better person. In addition, he likes Doctor Who, so you know he cannot be bad!
December 26, 2014 is the one year anniversary of when I first met with my bankruptcy attorney, Jay Simon. That the date is so memorable to me should indicate to you how I feel about Jay (he didn't want me to call him Mr. Simon, preferring for us to be on a more familiar and friendly first-name basis). Jay is just a beautiful special person. You just know that he practices bankruptcy with love. He just has that spirit. A person of wisdom. A person of kindness. A person of caring. Jay is unbelievably adorable, so sweet and good. His demeanor is very relaxed and patient, devoting endless time to all of his clients. He is also exceptionally generous. You just know that he is not all about making money, his priority is helping people and their needs. I ask myself, how can one human being be THAT perfect? I'll never fully understand!
Sometimes being the best bankruptcy lawyer ever, really is about the little things. He did so many little things that I called them, 'he didn't have tos.' Like engaging in a long, friendly phone conversation before our first meeting; meeting me on a day he was planning on taking off (the day after Christmas) in order to convenience me; not allowing me to call him Mr. Simon; playing relaxing music of my choice while preparing my petition; spending extra time working on my petition to make sure it was done right; explaining everything thoroughly in a cute, informal, non-legalese way; providing candy in his office; sending a ten page instruction letter following my filing, filled with every bit of information I needed to know and didn't think/know to ask; meeting with me in his office prior to the meeting with the trustee to review what would happen at the meeting; personally escorting me to the meeting from his office; encouraging, sweet, smiles and words; reminder calls prior to my meeting and to do the education course; rapidly responded to Emails; sending a seventeen page letter following my discharge filled with advice for life after bankruptcy with a handwritten note wishing me good luck and thanking me for hiring him; etc. etc. I don't want to say too much to give his competition ideas. Just know, my boyfriend also filed bankruptcy and, though he paid way more than me, he didn't get the same treatment and attentive service from the attorney he used that I received (that is why I went to someone else!). If I were ever in trouble, he’d be someone I’d turn to and so should you.
Now it is the one year anniversary of our first meeting. Just two days ago, on Christmas Eve, with my bankruptcy over for months, Jay sent me a thoughtful Email note wishing me a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (just another in a series of 'he didn't have tos'). He is without a doubt one of the sweetest, most genuine people I have ever met. That is why I look back on December 26th so fondly: it is the day that I first met one of the best and most favorite people in my life. I actually consider him a friend, someone I plan on keeping in my life, someone I actually care about. I don't plan on forgetting "our anniversary" or him. I doubt most people remember the date they first met their bankruptcy attorney, but I certainly do. I consider it fate that Jay became my bankruptcy attorney. This review is my small anniversary "gift" to him, so that he knows how much I appreciate his generosity, caring, kindness, compassion, thoughtfulness, time, service, and, yes, friendship.
The melt-down of my small business at first had started slowly around 2009 and suddenly plunged into the impending doom in late 2010. After having seen a couple of attorneys who were specialized in bankruptcy I realized that they all wanted charge me outrageous amount of fees. First of all how could a person going through bankruptcy have such a large amount of money? I was losing the hope of getting out of the financial jam. Then I ran into his name, Mr. Jay Simon quite by accident and started reading his reviews. At first I was a little incredulous because of his much more affordable rate to the service compared to first two I met but somewhat I had a better feeling of going to the downtown Brooklyn than going to the cold and bleak buildings of the midtown Manhattan. Upon my first meeting with him, He immediately gave me ease with his friendliness and laid-back approach. Mr. Simon was very sympathetic and understanding of my situation (unlike other ones whom I had met in midtown. They had more condescending attitudes). After the first meeting I felt for the first time that the dark clouds over my head had started receding and started feeling positive. His filing process was very efficient and fast. He keeps me informed of all updates frequently. I am especially impressed with his follow up work after the meeting with trustees. Thanks to him, after the new year of 2011 I never receive any soliciting call from collection people! I highly recommend him to anyone who has similar financial problems.
I started thinking about writing this review on Thanksgiving Day 2014. It has been a difficult year for me. My financial situation got progressively worse and I finally decided to file bankruptcy. I was not looking forward to the experience. I expected it to be awful, depressing, humiliating etc. Lucky for me that I happened to read the Metro newspaper and stumbled upon Jay Simon's newspaper advertisement. It just clicked for me, but I put off making a calling out of dread, but finally I did call. Lo and behold, a nice person actually answered the phone-the bankruptcy attorney himself, Jay Simon. Jay was very different then what I expected from a bankruptcy attorney. It was a pleasure meeting with him. He set it up that he had plenty of time to meet with me, explain things thoroughly, and work with me. He is so nice, caring, supportive and understanding; just a phenomenal person. Bit hard to put how incredible he is into words. Here are some more thoughts: Jay makes you realize there are good people out there. He went out of his way to make bankruptcy a pleasant experience for me. He makes you feel like you are important. He went the extra mile. He was a helping hand when I needed it. He provided quality service. Therefore, what I am thankful for this holiday season is Jay Simon, my bankruptcy attorney. I do not know where I would be now without him. This is my small way of giving thanks.
Jay Simon is the patron saint of bankruptcy filers! A saint helps people who are downtrodden and in need. Therefore, Mr. Simon is a saint to me. He is just so kind and nice. I had an awesome bankruptcy experience with this lovely man as my attorney. Mr. Simon is just a different kind of bankruptcy attorney. Mr. Simon didn't put personal gain before his client's needs or well being. I had an awesome bankruptcy experience with this lovely man as my attorney.
Let’s start with his office. His office offered a warm, welcoming environment. He did a lovely job in decorating his office. It was so warm, like an embrace of relaxation and friendliness.
Then there is Mr. Simon himself. He seemed amazingly cool and so sweet. I just liked him instantly. He is just so perfect and nice. He was very helpful, kind, and positive. Mr. Simon is more than an attorney; he is a 'counselor' in so many ways. He reassured and supported me; both literally and figuratively held my hand throughout the process.
A story to show what type of person Jay is: I remember my grandmother telling me that when I got married, I should make sure he was kind. But she might just as well have said: "Find yourself a man who's nice to waiters." The way people treat restaurant staff is, I think, a kind of poker tell, revealing a person's character. A man or woman who is actively unpleasant to waiters is best avoided. Ditto those who patronize them or who treat waiters as though they're invisible. What does that have to do with bankruptcy lawyers? Well Mr. Simon brought me and a few other clients to our creditors meeting after spending time reviewing with us in his office. We were only a bit early, but the trustee was over an hour late in arriving. Mr. Simon did nothing wrong, but he repeatedly apologized for the delay and reassured his group of clients, even though the delay was not his doing. None of the other attorneys present bothered to do that, even acknowledged, or interacted with their clients. Most didn’t seem to even know their own clients in advance. Obviously, they were not the ones the clients worked with in preparing their petitions. In fact, I liked that he had us meet him at his office, a place I was familiar, and walked us over to the place we were to meet the trustee; I did not have to find the place on my own. Anyway, for some reason, there were very few seats in the waiting area. We all got seats, but the later arriving did not have anywhere to sit. One older woman and a pregnant lady came. They were not Mr. Simon’s clients, but Mr. Simon went and brought chairs from another room for these women. They both had there own, different, attorneys who did nothing to accommodate these women. None of the other attorneys there, familiar with the location, bothered to help these women, only Mr. Simon. This would not be what I would want in my bankruptcy attorney. One attorney was actively getting annoyed at his client, who was asking him questions about his own petition. Unlike other attorneys, Mr. Simon is a true gentleman who knows how to treat people, especially clients.
There is no one sweeter or kinder then Mr. Simon. He is an amazing person who did an excellent job. I am so glad I hired him. He is truly loved by his clients for all he does. Saint Simon!
Jay is just the absolute greatest, most wonderful bankruptcy attorney. He is a very likable with such a big heart. He is sweet, thoughtful, and funny. He is also very caring. It is apparent that he is someone who truly likes taking care of people.
He was so good to me. He personally got to know me. He has a genuineness that came across in all of our interactions. He is supportive and full of positivity. He said so many sweet and encouraging things, from my first call to his last letter wrapping everything up, to help me get through this harrowing process. He goes above and beyond what you would expect from a bankruptcy attorney and for the fee I paid him.
Also, he has humility and empathy. He did not look down on me for having to file bankruptcy and did not act all high and mighty like a typical lawyer. For instance, he would not allow me to call him Mr. Simon or allow me to put myself down for finding myself in this situation.
If I had to do it all over again (which I will not if I follow the thorough advice Jay gave me in his informative closing letter) I would not hesitate to hire Jay Simon. He eased every fear I had and really made the entire process incredibly smooth. There are good people in this world and Jay Simon is certainly one of them. He is most highly recommended if you are filing chapter 7 bankruptcy. You will not regret hiring him!
My review of Jay Simon is going to focus on something other reviewers only mention in passing; that Mr. Simon gives clients amazing personal attention.
I first called Jay Simon on the phone. He was very understanding and tolerant of my feeble attempts to explain my situation. He was kind, didn't rush me off the phone or push me into making an appointment. He was so easy to talk to. We spoke for about a half hour because of my uncertainty about proceeding. What attorney talks to you for a half hour, imparting information, without even knowing you or getting paid for it???? Anyway, due to my fear, I didn't make an appointment. Instead I said I would think it over and get back to him. I didn't. Instead, I called other attorneys who weren't as nice. I grew discouraged. I then remembered the one shining light I had called: Jay Simon. I called him back. Now, mind you, about 4 months had passed. When we spoke for the second time, Mr. Simon, after a brief reminder, actually remembered our previous conversation and recounted details I told him in the first conversation. So, I scheduled an appointment.
When I arrived, I was delighted by his lovely office. I had been expecting a crowded, generic law office or torture chamber (lol). Mr. Simon's office was just so cute, comfortable and relaxing. I also assumed I would be kept waiting before being seen by the attorney. But, as soon as I arrived, I was seen immediately and didn't see any other clients. Mr. Simon then patiently went over my situation and discussed bankruptcy. As this was just my initial consultation, I expected to be shown the door after a certain point. Instead, Mr Simon began preparing my petition. He said I was his whole day and we then spent hours working on the petition. He could have made me come back a second time, missing more time from work, but no, he went about completing the entire petition in one session, in order to convenience me. I went away from the appointment thinking maybe he didn't have many clients if he could devote so much time to one person. He was very supportive and reassuring while preparing the petition. He also sent an extremely detailed instruction letter.
About a month later came the date of my creditors meeting. Instead of meeting me at the court, he had me meet him an hour early in his office. I didn't have to worry about finding where I needed to go; Mr. Simon was going to personally escort me to the meeting. Much to my surprise (and happiness, as I was worried about him), there were a number of other clients there who would also be going to court with us. He then spent time reviewing with each of us what was going to happen, what to expect and reviewing our petitions. He could have done this with us as a group to make it easier on himself, but he gave us each individual time. Later, at court a lady attorney covering for another attorney, met with her clients as one big group; no individual acknowledgements or attention for them. After talking to each of us individually, Mr. Simon's voice was almost gone. It was actually nice to have other people to talk while I waited, who were going through the same thing as me. In talking to the others, I came to realize Mr. Simon gives all of his clients special, individual attention.
Anyway, to court we all went. At court, he was reassuring and supportive to us all. Other attorneys, until they went up to the meeting desk, you wouldn't know who their clients were, as they had no contact with them in the meeting room.
I hope by now you get the picture; Mr. Simon cares about his clients and gives them individual, caring attention. He made me feel special because HE is so special. He is so sweet and good. He truly cares about people. His attention to clients speaks to the person he is. I wish my significant other treated me as well. I highly recommend Jay Simon to anyone thinking of filing bankruptcy.
I read these reviews prior to deciding that Mr. Simon was the attorney for me. I am now back to add my review for others to assist others in deciding that Jay Simon should be the bankruptcy attorney for them.
I am reminded of a favorite quote from YouTuber Philip DeFranco: "A good man fights for himself and his; a great man fights for everyone else". If you follow that logic, then Jay Simon is truly a great man. He fought to make my bankruptcy go well for me, just a client. He thought of me before he thought of himself. He could have done things less thorough, sent less concise instructions, not called me to remind me of things I needed to know or do, been less supportive, been less polite, given less effort and still done the job and gotten paid. But instead, he went the extra mile (and then some) and did more then he had to. He went above and beyond to make sure my bankruptcy case went smoothly. He made things so simple, easy and painless. He virtually held my hand through the whole bankruptcy process; like my own personal guardian angel. I have never met anyone nicer. So think about hiring Mr. Simon if you want to be treated like you matter to your attorney, as a person and individual, who needs compassionate help during this hard time in their life. You wont be disappointed.
I have never met anyone nicer. If you are looking for a bankruptcy attorney to be on your side as well as by your side, the look no further then Jay Simon.
I think Jay Simon's most important trait as an attorney is his attention to his clients. In the bankruptcy field that doesn't seem to be a common trait to have. I called various other attorneys and met with three of them and even went so far as to have hired one. These lawyers acted like they were doing me a favor in meeting with me, answering my questions or calling me back (oddly, those same attorneys actually have all positive reviews on this site). I dropped the first attorney and scheduled an appointment to meet with Mr. Simon.
Mr. Simon is vastly different then all of the others. He provides superior customer service. He is nice, genuine and caring. He was the one and only attorney to talk to me at length on the phone before we even met. He was so nice in that initial conversation, I knew he would be better for me then the attorney I had already hired. Then when we met, Mr. Simon was so welcoming. He did so many small gestures that conveyed caring and thoughtfulness.
Jay is great to his clients and I, for one, appreciate it. Once you spend time with Jay, you realize he is one of the nicest people you've ever met. I love his personality; so sweet, patient, understanding, relaxed, and easygoing. I love that he is genuine and so caring. He has a warm demeanor. He is a noble soul. If you are around Jay Simon enough, you consider him a friend, not just a lawyer.
Mr. Simon should know that he is deeply and intensely loved by his clients. Jay takes great care of his clients at a time that they need the most help. When I went to the court meeting, I went with a five other clients of Mr. Simon. We talked. I am actually surprised there aren't more reviews of him here based on the way the other clients spoke about him; they all loved him. A simple example: Mr. Simon escorted us to the court meeting so we didn't have to worry about where we were going. Once at the meeting most of the other attorneys didn't even interact with their clients. In comparison, while we waited, Mr. Simon was attentive to us all. Mr. Simon repeatedly made eye contact, smiled reassuringly and even held my hand to reassure me that everything would turn out alright (I was very nervous!). I hope each of you has someone in your life that is as wise and steady North Star like Jay Simon is to so many clients.
I really liked working with attorney Jay Simon, he helped me through the whole bankruptcy process; he made the whole thing as smooth as possible. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I thank Jay for helping me get to this debt free place I am now in my life. If I had a friend or family going through bankruptcy, I would INSIST they work with Mr. Simon. Jay is very, very nice and holds a special place in my heart!
Jay Simon is, hands down, the best bankruptcy attorney you could find in NYC.
My husband and I met with two other attorneys before finding Mr. Simon, and neither of them spent a tenth of the amount of time total that Jay Simon did simply listening to our circumstances before evaluating what our best options were.
The first two attorneys told us we wouldn't qualify for Chapter 7, and seemed only to care about how soon we could pay them for their services. Had we gone with them, we'd still be trying to figure out how to pay back our debt, rather than having just received our bankruptcy discharge.
Thankfully, we trusted our instincts and, after reading all of the favorable reviews on this site, made an appointment with Jay. All the positive reviews are true-- his office isn't corporate and stuffy like so many others. It is, as others say, cozy and comforting, and a place that makes you feel that you can relax.
Best of all, when you have an appointment with Jay you will not walk in and see a line of people in the waiting room-- making you feel like an assembly-line cog-- because Jay makes sure that the time he spends with you is *your* time.
Jay Simon is a patient, kind, and an honorable man and attorney. He listens to his clients, he walks you through the process before, during, and after doing anything official. He returns calls and emails promptly. He files your petition in a timely manner and makes sure that you aren't bothered by creditors in the mean time. He even provides you with a packet of information walking you through and explaining all of the steps that the state requires you to do on your own (such as the pre- and post-bankruptcy online courses). Then, he takes the time before your hearing to prepare . . . and even walks with you from his office to the bankruptcy court.
I would send my family, friends, and anyone grappling with the decision of which attorney to choose for bankruptcy to Jay in a heartbeat. If you go with Jay, you can count on the fact that you will no longer have to feel scared and alone during a process that, without him, could feel very intimidating.
Jay Simon is intelligent, kind, and an exceptionally talented bankruptcy attorney. Very, very highly recommended!