Neal met with me to discuss my existing parenting situation and what I would like it to be. He then made recommendations as to how to move forward. He was always informative and patient. He did not use a lot of legal jargon and made every explanation simple to understand. Neal kept me informed as to what was going on with my case and I had no issue with trusting his judgement. Neal was accommodating to my financial and family needs I was more than pleased with my outcome and highly recommend Neal for child support representation.
Neal did a great job handling a divorce that should have been simple, but became tricky when my ex opted against mediation. Rather than waste time fighting no-win battles, Neal showed a knack for pragmatic strategic counsel that kept me focused. He is a strong advocate, yet comes across as reasonable and fair-minded -- an approach that kept the process moving, protected my role as a father, and helped minimize emotional distractions that served no one. He was budget conscious as well, which was critical since money was extremely tight even before the divorce. Neal is a smart lawyer who wants the right things for his clients, and figures out how to make it happen.
Posted by a client
I was referred to Neal Simon by a close friend, who knew I needed an attorney who could handle an uncontested divorce. Neal did an outstanding job. He met with me and explained all of the implications of the situation I was facing. He advised me that if my (now ex-) husband and I were in agreement on the terms of our divorce, then we could just relay the information to him and he would draft the documents and make the process happen. And that's exactly what he did. He listened to everything I told him, he asked relevant questions, and then delivered the draft agreement to me within one business day. The agreement clearly and accurately reflected everything we discussed. He provided all of the many required documents that my (now ex-) husband and I would need to review and sign, and when we returned the paperwork signed and ready to be filed, he filed the documents promptly and handled the rest of the process seamlessly. Neal is located in the suburbs but handled our Cook County divorce quickly and without excessive billing for travel time. Neal was also very caring and made sure that I was OK throughout the process. He was very understanding when I became emotional, and gave me incredibly helpful advice based on his years of handling situations like these. I felt like I was taken care of by a true professional. The time between the initial meeting and the final hearing was less than 30 days total. Neal provided exactly what we were looking for, and I would absolutely work with him any time I have any family law related legal issue in the future.
Posted by Catrina
Neal was not only skilled at understanding my needs, but he was talented at connecting with and relating to my ex-husband. With an initial divorce process that dragged on for a year and a half and cost a small fortune, it was so refreshing to deal with a lawyer who was expedient, effective, and who put both parties at ease. I will hope to not need his services again, but would not hesitate to retain him if further issues occur.
Posted by Matt
The thing that made the whole process with Neal so much better than I'd ever hoped it could be was his honesty and his humanity. Like a lot of people, I walked into his office in a much different place as a person than I did walking out. Neal is a major reason that I can say that on a positive note.
From initial meetings where I was able to honestly communicate a desire to reconcile with my ex to the meat of the case where things got a little tense to the final days where Neal was in constant communication, it was a wonderful thing to have an ally and advocate with me every step of the way. On the final court date, I felt comfortable and confident - Neal is a good man to have on your side because you know he's well-versed on your case and which things you find important without having to refer to notes.
Neal was very conscious of what I needed from a financial and stability standpoint as well as the things I was asking for to soothe my own nerves and take stands along the way from an emotional standpoint as well. Most noticeably to me was hearing "my lawyer told me I have to..." from my ex and realizing it never felt that way on my side. Neal makes excellent recommendations and tells you what he feels is best from a legal standpoint, but in every case I felt I was in control of the situation and my own future.
Additionally, he kept me coached every step of the way. Meetings to go over where we were, what I needed to do next and what I should expect were incredibly helpful. I never felt anything was a surprise and was more than willing to trust our plan as it kept unfolding.
The bottom line is that as I was researching someone to represent me, I went in assuming most would be competent and ethical from a legal standpoint. I chose Neal because after just our first meeting, I knew that he was aware that when we shook hands, I had to go back to being a dad and a guy with bills to pay and work obligations. The feeling that Neal worked with me every step of the way is something that I've learned is rare in my situation.
While he exceeded my expectations in his talent as a lawyer, the real value for me was in having someone who took into account my whole situation and acted according to my wishes. I can't recommend Neal enough and will say the same to anyone who is asking me for a recommendation in the future.
Posted by Judy
I had the pleasure of working with Neal for the past year and a half when my attorney Mario opened up his practice with Neal. Neal joined our team and in minutes I felt like I had known him for years. With all the difficulties, complexities and unhappiness of divorce, Neal guided me with an expert hand. I was faced with a very emotional, tension filled divorce that ultimately ended with a trial. Neal was always a calming influence. He is a man of integrity, inherent kindness and has a tremendous grasp of the law. He is thorough and will make sure every last detail is taken care of. He always answered my questions and addressed my concerns in a timely manner. His practice is fair and pragmatic and has the experience to know how to get you through your matter in a truly dignified way. Neal cares about his clients' best interest, does whatever it takes to counsel them through some of the worst times in their lives. There seems to be a real synergy in the office . In my opinion, SIMPLY THE BEST AT FAMILY LAW!
Thank you Neal for all you have done for me.
Posted by a client
Neal represented me as a third party to a divorce case. He was thorough and knowledgeable aa I was being harassed. Noteably, he was fair with his time and fees so I felt I got good value for expert representation. While I did not have to appear in court, he kept me informed through email and phone calls. He kept his cool while dealing with a harassing situation.
Posted by Jim
Neal was very talented at understanding the details of my case. He was especially in tune with the specific details of the case which I believed to be important while artfully reminding me of the "big picture items". His awareness of balance combined with the interpersonal communication skills achieved a united sense of pragmatism and calm from my side. Neal helped me avoid a volatile and costly confrontation. I achieved wonderful results with Mr. Simon. We avoided regressive behaviors that would not have served my family in any positive manner. We secured an ideal agreement that honored my key concerns against a sophisticated and accomplished opposing consul. I could not be happier. My family is delighted to move on to the next phase of our lives' together, thanks to Neal.
Posted by Miranda
Neal is both personable and professional. He's always responded promptly to my inquiries, and answered any questions I've had completely. This specific case required the cooperation of another party, who proved recalcitrant to the point of hostile, and I feel Neal handled this gracefully and thoroughly.
Posted by Jeff
My wife and I mediated our divorce and Neal handled the legal end of it....he was timely and listened to my direction....he raised legitimate issues and told me the downside of some of the agreements I made....but at the end of the day, he met my time frame and made sure my wife and her counsel made the set hearing date...