May 24, 2010

Tips for Finding the Right Bankruptcy Attorney

Posted in Bankruptcy, Uncategorized tagged at 11:10 am by demetriagraves

Unfortunately bankruptcy filings in the U.S. continue to rise, therefore the demand for good, qualified bankruptcy attorneys has been stronger than ever. But as a number of unscrupulous individuals rush to capitalize on this trend, being able to find a good bankruptcy attorney can be a challenge. It’s important to do your homework in this area as an experienced and qualified bankruptcy attorney can help you successfully navigate state and federal bankruptcy laws to obtain much-needed debt relief. Here are a few tips for selecting the right bankruptcy attorney, including a description of what a bankruptcy attorney does.
Before beginning the search for a bankruptcy attorney, it is important to understand what such a legal professional does. Some of a bankruptcy lawyer’s responsibilities include:
  • A bankruptcy attorney will work with the client to determine if filing for bankruptcy is the best option and which chapter (type of bankruptcy) is the most appropriate.
  • A bankruptcy attorney will ensure that the case is conducted in accordance with state and federal laws. He/she will also make sure that all paperwork is completed properly and filed in a timely manner.
  • A bankruptcy attorney will accompany the client to creditor meetings.
  • Finally, a bankruptcy attorney will sometimes represent the client in bankruptcy court. This depends on the situation.
Experience counts when it comes to bankruptcy. The longer an attorney has specialized in bankruptcy, the more complex situations they will have encountered. An experienced attorney can make the difference between a favorable outcome and a disastrous outcome, especially if your bankruptcy case gets complicated. Most importantly, one should look for attorneys who have experience working with consumer bankruptcy cases.
When looking for the right bankruptcy attorney it is important to conduct an interview with the person to make sure that the fit is right. Make sure that you make a list of all the questions that you have regarding your financial situation and any questions you have about bankruptcy. Consider which attorneys gave the most informative and easiest to understand answers. Once your bankruptcy is underway, you’ll likely have additional questions. Thus, it is vital to find an attorney who can explain things to you without confusing you even more. Other important questions to ask are:
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