What To Look For In A Bankruptcy Lawyer

Bankruptcy Lawyer

If you require a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Lawyer to represent you for any sort of financial issue that you may find yourself in then there are a number of things that you need to look out for or keep in mind when deciding on which one to use. These include the following things:

What is their speciality?

Law is a very far reaching and complex subject and as a result not all lawyers have an understanding of bankruptcy law. For this reason, you should seek out a lawyer with a background in bankruptcy. Those lawyers that dabble in all different areas of law are likely to be lacking in some areas and not have a specific speciality in any. A good sign for a specialist bankruptcy lawyer is them being part of a professional body or association, such as the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

What experience do they have?

Do not be afraid to ask a lawyer what experience they have in the world for bankruptcy. Whilst it may not always be true that a lawyer with more experience is better at what they do than a lawyer that has less experience, it does act as a pretty good marker to their ability. What is most important is the number of cases relating to bankruptcy they have dealt with successfully; so ask them what this number is. The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys is a good resource for finding lawyers that have dealt with a large number of bankruptcy cases.

How comfortable do they make you feel?

Although speciality and expertise are both important factors, what your decision on a bankruptcy lawyer should ultimately come down to is how comfortable they make you feel. You will undoubtedly spend a lot of time with them and share potentially personal / emotional details and so you want to feel comfortable doing this with them. Similarly, the price of their services should not have an influence on your decision. 

Do they work for a bankruptcy mill?

Bankruptcy mills are those law firms that deal with a large amount of legal cases and so do not put lots of time or effort into any one – they are more about quantity than quality. Any bankruptcy attorney that works for such a legal firm will approach your case like an assembly line. Other legal experts that should be avoided include petition preparers who will do nothing other than complete your paperwork for you, as they are not fully qualified. 

How to find a bankruptcy lawyer

An effective way of finding a good bankruptcy lawyer is by asking around amongst friends, family, and work colleagues. This way someone you know has worked with them and can vouch that their services are good or bad. Failing that, you can do some research yourself by looking online and reading reviews. As previously mentioned, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys provides a good resource for finding a bankruptcy lawyer to handle your case for you.

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