Choosing The Right Bankruptcy Lawyer
There are so many attorneys nowadays, but not all of them are experts in bankruptcy. You need someone with experience in bankruptcy law and bankruptcy litigation and will really fight for you. Difficult times call for a tough attorney, and when you are dealing with bankruptcy, you need nothing short of the best lawyer.
Keep in mind that it’s your life we’re talking about, so you must exhaust all means to ensure that you will emerge from this experience in the best shape you can. A good bankruptcy lawyer is surely a good investment for a brighter and fresher future, and can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.
Here are the main considerations for you to make as you hunt for the right bankruptcy lawyer:
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How long has the attorney been practicing working on bankruptcy cases? The attorney should have a minimum of 10 years’ experience. This ensures that he has been around long enough to be knowledgeable about every issue and problem that you may be encountering, and know the laws and methods of dealing with them. You need an attorney who boasts a proven track record of handling bankruptcy cases. Don’t be some lawyer’s guinea pig.
In other words, avoid any attorney who merely experiments with bankruptcy. You’d like someone fully versed in the intricate field of bankruptcy and who has created reputation for fighting for his clients’ interests. You want somebody who handles bankruptcy and bankruptcy alone.
Professional Groups and Associations
Choose a bankruptcy attorney who is on the cutting edge of bankruptcy law and continuously reaches out with other bankruptcy lawyers in your state and in the entire country. You have much at stake, and bankruptcy law is ever evolving and fast at that. Thus, it is important for your attorney to continue educating himself so he can represent you in the best manner possible.
The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) are examples of national bankruptcy organizations in the US.
Ask who will be working on your case. Will you be talking to a secretary or paralegal and not the attorney personally? Can you talk to the lawyer on the telephone? You also have to ask which lawyer is going to handle your file. The person you interview with may not be the one to work on your case or represent you in court, so find out who will.
Obtain the best estimate possible, but do not decide based on this. Do not choose the cheapest lawyer. Money is definitely important, but you also need to make sure you are getting a bankruptcy attorney who will do the best job for you, and that may not be the cheapest.