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Frank Giovanni Cortese

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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Chicago, IL

3.0   6 reviews

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  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 27 years
    Washington - WA 28 years
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1996
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1995
    Voluntarily Resigned No misconduct found

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Posted by Bernard White | December 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
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Good evening to whom this may concern my attorney Frank Cortese has been excellent and All Phases of my bankruptcy she has had on my chapter 13 for the last 3 years it is now right now presently handling my chapter 7 right now he is kind also very professional it always on point it has very exceptional people skills and consideration for all his people that he represent to be honest if you had a 10-story we get to all 10 stars for me with the Bernard White thank you attorney Cortese for all your help from the present to the Future
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Posted by Claudia | September 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and kind
I was referred to Frank Cortese by a friend for chapter 13. He is very clear, transparent, and proficient in his field. He was very responsive where I would get an answer that same day sometimes as soon as I emailed him or called. He takes care of everything and anything to do with your case he calls or emails you right away. Overall he’s a great bankruptcy lawyer.
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Posted by Casey | April 18, 2018
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My experience with Mr. Cortese was quite positive. He is extremely professional and to the point. I understand how some people might consider him "rude", but you must understand that he is not there to be your friend. He is there to conduct business, and in my opinion he does it quite well. He expects the same professionalism from ud as we do him, and I'd expect nothing less. Think of it as a doctors appointment. If you are late or running into obstacles, you reschedule. Neither doctors or lawyers want or will stand for wasted time, that time could be used for clients who show up. He was very thorough, listened to my concerns and answered all questions. My bankruptcy was complete and finalized within 6 weeks. I have had to contact him a few times since with additional questions or even to request a copy of the bankruptcy paperwork be resent. He was quick to answer my questions and responded to my requests. His fees and my overall monthly payments were reasonable. I am very happy and would use him again. Thank you Mr. Cortese.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2019
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Poor business practices and personal interaction skills
Chose Cortese over a couple other lawyers I was considering and met to review all docs and possibly file same day. He would not give me a quote, but most hadn't so I did not think twice. When we finished consult, he asked me to sign and wait an hour for him to put paperwork together to file that day. I was floored when he said the fee would be double what the average is in Chicago, but there was a payment plan. I had to think it over and he was fine with that. We scheduled a second meeting. He wanted the initial payment in cash at our next meeting. I went home to evaluate my finances and realized I cannot afford to take that cash out and asked to reschedule. He informed me he "will not be able to accept" my case because he cannot allow for rescheduling due to his inability to be flexible. His office is a rented space in one of those multi-company temp office spaces and he walked in as I was arriving the first afternoon. He sure did not appear to have people busting his door down where my reschedule would cause that much of a kink. Definitely would not recommend him as his prices is outrageous and he obviously has enough on his plate.
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Posted by Apryl | May 7, 2018
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Lawyer filed a conversion too early, case was dismissed and would not give me a refund.
I was in a chapter 13 Bankruptcy which I was paying for a solid 2 years. I decided that it would be much more beneficial for me to do a conversion from a 13 to a 7. I had given Frank all of the information requested, paid all of the fees for a successful conversation. I had fully disclosed that in my past I had already filed a chapter 7 and it needed to be exactly 8 years before we could file. He filed the conversion too early resulting in a dismissal of my request. Now that the time has passed and it is truly with-in the time frame he wants me to pay more attorney fees and another court filing fee. I feel that it was his mistake and oversight in the error which caused the dismissal. I requested a refund for the fees that I had paid and was told no that they are nonrefundable. At the very least a refund should have been given so I could have used that for the refiling fee and attorney fees re requested.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Not considerate at all
I hired frank Cortese and he is very rude. He does not like to be questioned nor does he like to answer any of your questions. Any debt that you were aware of rather it’s real debt it estimated he expects you to pay. He does not fight for his clients. I referred four people to him but that was before I realized who he was. As long as you don’t have any questions about your case he’s great but thr moment you question him his response is “Don’t question me I’m the best in Illinois” as if his services are free and after doing a little research he is not the best in Illinois. He has no compassion at all. He can text your phone and if you text him back his response is “per your contract please do not text me” as if he didn’t just text you but again that’s only when you’re questioning something. He has a “I don’t care attitude” and thinks just because you’re financial situation is the way it is that he can talk to you any kind of way but if I didn’t have my debt he wouldn’t have a job. I would never refer anyone to him again and have asked him to withdraw from my attorney.
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Frank Giovanni Cortese
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 28 years