How to Choose A Bankruptcy Attorney
How should you choose a bankruptcy attorney? In short, find a competent attorney you like and feel comfortable with. Spend some time talking to him (or her). Attorneys are not interchangeable. There are good attorneys, and there are bad ones. Some are helpful, and some are not. Some are more talented than others. Whom you hire as your lawyer can make a big difference in how smoothly your case goes and how it ultimately turns out. Here are some suggestions:
Call the attorney and schedule an appointment. Getting honest advice up front, before you decide to file for bankruptcy, is the most important part of the bankruptcy process. Does the attorney take time with you, or does he seem rushed? For most people, a half-hour consultation is not enough-it takes longer. Does the attorney explain in detail how bankruptcy works? Does he point out potential problems? Does he answer your questions? Does he ask you questions? If not, don't hire him as your attorney.
Does the attorney treat you with dignity and respect? Do you get the impression he cares about you? Do you like him? If he is arrogant or rude, or if his attitude makes you uneasy, keep looking. Trust your feelings.
Do you feel the attorney is giving you honest advice? Not everyone in financial trouble should file for bankruptcy. Does he discuss alternatives? If he seems to think bankruptcy is the solution for every problem, get advice somewhere else.
Is the attorney knowledgeable about the law? Don't be afraid to ask hard questions. If he won't answer them, go elsewhere.
Stay away from ambulance chasers. You should take the initiative when it comes to finding an attorney-not the other way around. If you receive unsolicited mail from a lawyer wanting to represent you, avoid him. He is looking out for his interests, not yours.
How do the attorney's fees compare with those of other lawyers? More expensive does not necessarily mean better. On the other hand, very low fees usually mean the attorney cuts corners in ways you won't know about until it is too late. Be careful. The fee should not be your only reason for choosing an attorney.
Mr Neher was an answer to prayer. His skill in navigating the process of bankruptcy, even a complicated one such as ours, were second to none. On the day of our hearing, he proved his skills to be head and shoulders above every other attorney in the room.
Please consult an attorney for advice about your individual situation. This site and its information is not legal advice, nor is it intended to be. Feel free to get in touch by electronic mail, letters, or phone calls. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Until an attorney-client relationship is established, please withhold from sending any confidential information to us.
Required disclosure under BAPCPA 2005: "We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code."