How to Choose Your Bankruptcy Attorney
How do you know which attorney to use for a bankruptcy case? It is easy to determine, but you should know a few things in advance:
- Choose experience – You want to work only with an experienced bankruptcy attorney because he or she will have the background and the knowledge you need to succeed. For example, he or she is going to be able to look at your situation and tell you which of the different types of bankruptcy claims will suit your needs. The attorney will also be able to offer more than just his or her legal efforts. Many of the best are going to be able to immediately have collection calls stopped, claims against vehicles and homes stopped, and even wage garnishments ceased.
- Think state and not federal – While a bankruptcy is usually guided by federal laws, you want to hire an attorney who is licensed within your state of residency. This is because he or she will understand the court system, know most of the judges and attorneys involved, and give you the fastest results.
- Demand free help – A free consultation should be something that a good attorney will provide. Since you are already financially strained, a good attorney should not make it difficult for you to begin working with his or her firm, and a consultation is a great way to show that he or she is concerned about the client and not the bottom line.
- Stick with honesty – You don’t want to work with an attorney who is trying to position you or paint you in a light that is in any way dishonest. This is for two reasons; (1) no matter what an attorney says you can hide in terms of ownership or income, the courts will discover and lying jeopardizes your chances for success, and (2) you never want to partner with a legal professional who is comfortable with deception as it never brings a client any real success.
- Choose results – The advent of the Internet means that an attorney is going to have to be competitive with peers and with other law offices. The best way for he or she to do this is to have a website that provides information about the lawyer’s area of expertise. (In this case you want an attorney who gives away information about bankruptcy claims) You also want to find an attorney with good feedback or some sort of client response area that lets you check out the firm’s success rate or level of customer satisfaction.