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Kevin Benjamin

Foreclosure Attorney at Chicago, IL

3.7   18 reviews

also known as J. Kevin Benjamin


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About Kevin

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Experienced attorney with extensive experience in consumer credit law, bankruptcy law, loss mitigation, credit counseling, business management, development and sales.  Over 24-year career, represented thousands of individuals and several small corporations in bankruptcy proceedings, as well as adversary trials.  Able to assist clients in avoiding bankruptcy, restore their credit reports, and if necessary, represent them in litigation against consumer credit reporting agencies and various creditors for violations of consumer protection laws.  Experienced in representing corporations as well as individuals in arbitration and settlement of business-to-business lawsuits.  Representation of individuals in short sales, loan modifications, loan workouts & restructuring, forbearance, foreclosure defense, counterclaims and predatory lending issues, Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and even individual Chapter 11 proceedings which can be effective in restructuring mortgage loans.

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Licensed for 33 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/23/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1989
Updated 01/06/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Benjamin Brand LLP
1016 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL, 60607-2914

Reviews

3.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Anna | August 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kevin Saved Me From a Really Bad Situation
I hired Attorney Kevin Benjamin after I had made the mistake of relying on an incompetent, sloppy, lazy lawyer who made my financial situation worse - it was a real mess. Kevin took over the case and he immediately restored my peace of mind. I finally had a lawyer who cared and who knew exactly what to do. If you want a lawyer who will never let you down, hire Attorney Benjamin.
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Posted by Janice | August 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Kevin Benjamin is an amazing attorney that I recommend to all my friends and family. Helped me save my home when other said it could not be done.
Posted by Penny | May 1, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
2009
Very pleasnat to work with. Now many years later, paperwork was needed, Kevin was able to provide with no heisitation.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
Took me 3 months and several consultations prior to hiring Kevin Benjamin. The initial consultation went very well, I hired Kevin because he was a patient man this was assuring. He was informative and wanted me to have a clear understanding of how the laws in bankruptsy would apply to my own situation. He outlined my options, the objectives in how he planned to achieve my goals. He was especially consistent with progress. In addition to his commitment, i most appreciated his preparing me for a fresh start to a good credit standing after the filing was completed. Thank you Kevin and a special thanks to your staff for following up with me.
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Posted by Carol | February 17, 2015
I recommend Kevin
I came to Kevin after speaking with several other attorneys. Kevin was thorough in giving me all my options. Bankruptcy was the best one fore me. He handled the case quickly and everything went smoothly. I recommend Kevin to everryone I know.
Posted by Eve | November 26, 2014
Terrific Attorney and Personal Service
When I needed help with my mortgage issue I spoke to many lawyers but Kevin was the one who knew what he was talking about. I was also impressed that he was the Attorney who personally handled the matter and the one I would meet with. He took my calls, kept me informed, explained the process and delivered!
Posted by Rose | June 14, 2014
stopped sale of my home and had lender modify the loan
The bank said they were reviewing me for a HAMP loan modification but the house was going to be sold anyway I found out. Kevin Benjamin was recommended. He stopped the sale and the lender agreed to a modification of the loan. I am so happy I hired Mr. Benjamin.
Posted by Connie | June 11, 2014
Very knowledgeable and great client service
Kevin really knows his stuff! His knowledge of bankruptcy law is impressive. HIs staff is responsive and kept me informed which was really helped me as I was nervous to go through the process. The trustee was thinking about trying to take some assets but Mr. Benjamin handled that issue and I was able to get out of debt and not lose anything! I am so relieved. I would highly recommended Kevin Benjamin if you need help.
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Posted by Curtis | May 19, 2014
"Loan Mod" without a "Loan Modification"
While many "loan mod" companies were taking money and getting no results Mr. Benjamin showed me why the property did not qualify for a "HAMP" loan modification but showed me how Chapter 13 could restructure my debts and with the savings I did not even need the lower payment, all I had to do was request the arrears be put on the back end which was much better from the lenders prospective, not to mention the Automatic Stay had already stopped the foreclosure. I was able to restructure my debts that allowed me to "modify" the loan without going the the HAMP nightmare.
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Posted by Sue | May 18, 2014
Loved the Communication process with the Firm
I contacted the office and had an appointment within 24 hours. Was assigned a case manager and was given all contact information and instructions on what was needed. The office always took my calls or returned them promptly. When I needed to speak to my attorney I just called the case manager who would set me with an appointment or would tell me when Mr Benjamin would be available to speak on the phone, even that day. No phone Tag! That helped speed up the process. Case went smooth and I was discharged quickly.
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Posted by Kim | January 6, 2014
Highly Recommend!
Kevin Benjamin is one of the most stand-up people I have ever met. I highly recommend him and his legal team without hesitation. Smart and savvy, you will not go wrong putting your faith and trust in this man and his business. HIghly recommend across the board.
Posted by Joe | December 24, 2013
Saved our home from foreclosure
Lender was foreclosing on our home claiming arrearages that were not accurate. They have given us the run around on a "loan modification" but were foreclosing anyway. Mr. Benjamin said it was called "dual tracking" and he was correct. The lender would not work with us. The lender caved and Mr. Benjamin wound up having the foreclosure dismissed. His office was always responsive and our assigned case manager was terrific and always responded to our needs. Whenever I needed to talk to my attorney all I had to do was schedule a consult through our case manager and it was set up. No phone tag or leaving voice mails. The communication during this stressful time was very much appreciated.
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ripped off
I hired Kevin to assist me with dealing with my pending financial situation and foreseen attempt to file bankruptcy. He responded quickly and started the contract but once the contract was signed and I paid my fees he as all buy absent and not responsive. This went on for over 2 years. Never giving a final answer on when to file or submit petition for bankruptcy. I eventually walked away from his lack of being a responsible attorney. Lost my retainer fees and still have this pending situation and got zero out of this from his firm or council. Beware of this. A lot of upfront talk and no action.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Him and his wife take thousands of dollars from u and dont do a thing
Hired kevin and his wife to do a bankruptcy over a year ago paid the retainer fee still to this day they never filed it never signed papers and they kept my thousands gave nothing back.. Asked them to give some of it back because i lost my job and had a family to feed and they ignored my phone calls and avoided all contact... Do not ever hire them!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unresponsive after receiving funds.
Will not return calls. I may update my review but thus far, we feel like we were conned. Any professional would have the decency to provide a status update after being retained weeks prior.
Posted by Jennifer | August 28, 2014
Stay Away!!
Wish I would have read reviews before I gave them any money. Was trying to file for bankruptcy. Had to hear how great he was at doing it. He was terrible. We saw him in June and in August I kept emailing "Jan" Needless to say...NOTHING WAS EVER DONE. You never here from him, only his secretary. You hurry up and email them all necessary documents, then they wait a week to tell you they are still missing stuff. TERRIBLE.....DO NOT USE THEM
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Posted by Kevin | July 7, 2014
A Disaster Attorney To Retain
This attorney was a disaster for my foreclosure defense case. He ignored to file my case for 18 months despite having all the documents and after finally filing it, he did not do anything and my case was dismissed just in 5 months by the trustee due to "UNREASONABLE DELAY." I was making my payments to the trustee on time and have all the records to prove it. He never showed up in any trustee's meeting and lied about I have not sent him documents on time. He also lied about his fee that I did not pay. He tried to collect it second time after my case dismissed by the trustee when his fee actually was paid long before him filing the case. We went to trial in Dupage County about his fee that he falsely claimed not being paid and he LOST the trial based on the evidence (Copies of the checks) I presented to the Judge. This is so CRAZY. I retained this attorney to defend me and my case, but now, I am defending myself against my own attorney before the court. It took him 18 months to file my case but it took him only a WEEK or less to file and collect his ALREADY PAID FEE second time directly from the court via trustee's account. He said he will modify my mortgage at 2% interest rate and make sure 2nd and 3rd mortgages are wiped out. I had to order a new appraisal of my house to establish and prove the new market value of the property to the court. If he filed my case on a timely manner and did exactly what he said he would, I would have not lost my house because at the time of retaining him, I was not too far behind my mortgage and could catch up with the modification. But this never happened. I had to retain another attorney to refile my case but at that time, it was already too late for me to catch up with the payments.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2012
Sluggish and hard to contact
He talks very fast which leads to misunderstanding him later. Provided many conflicting answers. His recommendations were reasonable but then questionable when enacted. He suggested I strategically delay filing many times but then insisted I file immediately other times, and neglected to follow through. When I contacted him one time he asked me if we filed yet. He should have been advising me if he did or not. Very inconsistent. He and his office requested documents over and over and did not include vital items when file was presented to me. My case took 2 years to complete and ended up costing 75% more than originally agreed. Some extra costs were reasonable but not clearly spelled out before incurring them. Lastly, when I finally was to appear, he sent an underling that could not answer the trustee's questions leading to another month delay. He was recommended by a very trustworthy source.
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Response from Kevin Benjamin December 24, 2013
This is absurd and makes no sense. This alleged client states that I have a strategy of “delaying” filing? What does that mean? Why would I or anyone suggest a “strategy” of not filing? You do not get the benefit of the automatic stay until you file! Then this person suggests I said to file immediately. That may have been the case, maybe there was a foreclosure, potential repo, garnishment, etc and you need to file to stop that. Of course I do not know who this alleged client is or the facts surrounding it, and this person suggests I did not follow through? Sounds like this person did not follow through. I never contacted any client in my life and asked if the case was filed. I know when it’s filed as I/we are the ones filing it! No case takes two years to complete, maybe it took 2 years to pay the retainer, who knows? Or maybe this person made a few payments then years later wanted to “finish” and it never should have been reopened. Every client signs an attorney client retainer agreement stating the specific retainer and specific costs, so how in the world can this person say it costs 75% more, that is not happening and all retainer agreements in our jurisdiction need to be filed with the court for their review also. Maybe this person was a Chapter 13? Making payments to the trustee? That is not a payment to our firm and if they owed more then they thought perhaps the trustee payment was more (in which case they would be advised and sign off on it). This person said he/she had to “appear”, I assume they mean at the trustee/creditors meeting. Like most firms I may send an associate attorney of the firm to handle the creditors meeting (sometimes I do go) that is the associate attorneys job! To cover basic meetings and court and this person says our associate could not answer Trustee questions? What a lie, the attorneys do not answer Trustee questions at a meeting, the trustee asks the client directly so what is this alleged client talking about? As for requesting documents of course we do, all lawyers have to, its called doing our due diligence and the documents must be UPDATED by the client as the date of certain document depend on the date of filing so of course we keep asking for documents, that is our professional responsibility. Of course this alleged person claims to have been a client over 3 years ago. In fact we can file cases the same day if need be and even filed 2 the same day in the past few weeks. But cases cannot be filed without clients paying and cooperating and that includes turning over required documents for review (we are just trying to protect the client....sometimes from themselves) and if the client is not providing documents we will keep asking and they must keep updating them until the case is filed.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-425 per hour
  • Contingency 35%-50%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney At Law
  • Benjamin | Brand | LLP
  • 1989 - Present

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Wisconsin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – v – IAN T. KIDEYS, Et al. – Docket No. 3:13-cr-00016-RLM
  • it took around 6 weeks and 3-4 contentious hearings in the US District Court of Indiana but we finally were successful in securing his release from jail despite the US Attorneys continued objections and fighting me/us ever step of the way.
  • Kiely et al v. Carmax Business Services, LLC et al
  • On or about 11-12-2013 we obtained $20,000 settlement on behalf of our clients!
  • Individual Chapter 11
  • Our client kept all his properties and our Chapter 11 plan of reorganization was confirmed by the Court in November of 2013

Associations

  • Association of Foreclosure Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy & Reorganization Committee
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 30 Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Expertise
  • 2017
  • Certification as a Forensic Loan Auditor
  • National Association of Mortgage Underwriters
  • 2017
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Tax Resolution Specialist
  • American Society of Tax Problem Solvers
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Foreclosure Solutions
  • Loan workouts, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Debt Reorganization
  • 2010
  • Discovery Center
  • Consumer Credit
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (21)
Endorse Kevin
Foreclosure Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Benjamin is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kevin for several years, and had the opportunity to work with him on a number of legal matters. He is highly knowledgeable in his field, and a zealous advocate for his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kevin is an outstanding attorney who is extremely knowledgeable in his field. He also possesses the integrity, intensity and compassion that you want in someone representing you. I highly recommend Kevin!"
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Kevin from attending and speaking at the many Credit Repair Boot Camps over the years. He is extremely knowledgeable in both the bankruptcy and credit repair arenas and is a great resource of information."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kevin is a local highly experienced and well respected bankruptcy lawyer in our legal community. He consistently offers sound, practical, insightful and helpful legal commentary in the Avvo forum. I would recommend him to anyone need a great attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Kevin for probably 20 years. Mr. Benjamin well represents his clients and is an asset to the Consumer Bankruptcy community."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kevin is a fine bankruptcy attorney who focuses on helping individuals obtain a fresh start in their lives."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kevin in the legal industry for several years. I have had occasion to refer business to him and to work with him on matters. Kevin has always been professional, knowledgeable and responsive."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Chicago Foreclosure Lawyer Kevin Benjamin
Kevin Benjamin
Foreclosure Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 33 years
Free Consultation