Over 700,000 people file for bankruptcy every year. The process can be complicated, so most people hire one of the over 1.3 million licensed attorneys in the United States to help them through the process.
With so many to choose from, you might wonder, "How can I find the right bankruptcy lawyer near me?" If that's where you find yourself, read on.
To find the right bankruptcy lawyer, you will need to conduct careful research and interview candidates. As part of your screening process, there are five things you should consider:
Filing on Your Own Can Be A Costly Mistake
Bankruptcies are difficult. The law allows you to file your own without hiring a lawyer, but a good bankruptcy attorney can make the process much easier.
If you don't manage your bankruptcy correctly, you might not get the debt relief you're hoping for. You must meet certain criteria to get all your debts discharged. And by law, some debts cannot be discharged.
A good bankruptcy lawyer will know how to make sure you get the most protection possible.
All licensed attorneys can take any kind of case. That doesn't make a general-practice attorney the best person for the job.
Handling bankruptcy correctly requires experience and training. Attorneys who practice in multiple areas are less likely to have deep knowledge in any one area. Find a lawyer that spends the majority of the time working on bankruptcy cases.
Ask About Cost
Schedule a consultation that will allow you to confidently explain your situation, and ask about fees. Remember, a consultation doesn't mean you have to hire the attorney.
While you're having financial difficulties, you might be tempted to look for the cheapest attorney. Don't. Bargain shopping might mean you get a lawyer who won't do as good of a job.
Bankruptcy lawyers in your area will tend to charge fees in the same general range. If an attorney charges a lot less than everyone else, that person will probably not be the best choice.
Make Sure Your Needs Are Met
The bankruptcy rules are uniform, but your needs are unique. Firms that take on large volumes of cases are less likely to give you the personal attention you need.
Lawyers who churn through dozens of cases a month sometimes delegate client meetings to paralegals or case managers. If your consultation is with a paralegal, you should keep looking.
Your Feelings Matter
Your bankruptcy lawyer will be your partner for the duration of your case so it's important that you get along.
It's okay to pass on a lawyer you don't like or don't feel that you can trust.
A Good Attorney Makes All the Difference
Your bankruptcy will be a difficult time for you. However, a competent bankruptcy lawyer can make the process easier.
Once you've decided to hire an attorney, look for someone who focuses on bankruptcy. Make sure their fees are average in your area.
Look for someone who will give you the proper attention and find someone that you're comfortable working with. Keeping these points in mind will help you find the right bankruptcy lawyer for you.
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