Which lawyer should I go to? This is an extremely important question.
The fact is that “NOT ALL BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEYS ARE CREATED EQUAL”. The truth is that there are some terrible bankruptcy attorneys…even some of the ones who supposedly do nothing but bankruptcy.
What’s hard is that…to the public…we bankruptcy attorneys sort of all look the same. And to make things worse, the cost of the attorney is not necessarily a good indicator of who’s good and who’s not. A cheap bankruptcy attorney could be someone who’s not going to give you good service and an expensive bankruptcy attorney could be someone who needs to charge more because he or she is not organized enough to provide you services in an efficient manner.
Filing bankruptcy will have a significant impact on your life for years to come…..and to makes things much worse, bankruptcy law is very complex, with many twists and turns, and traps for the unwary. In fact, it’s so complex and complicated that non-bankruptcy attorneys tend to avoid it like the plague.
The really sad truth is that the results to be achieved under the bankruptcy laws can vary tremendously depending upon whether you fall into the hands of a good versus bad bankruptcy attorney. I see the harm brought to good people brought about by bad attorneys every day. Don’t let it happen to you.
If you need to file bankruptcy…choosing the right lawyer is critical.
In many cases, the simple truth is that the more experienced attorney will do a better job, which means getting you the most benefit from filing and avoiding the mistakes that someone less experienced is bound to make. And…the more experience…the better.
An attorney who is just starting out in the practice of bankruptcy law, for example, is doing just that, “practicing”. Guaranteed, you do not want that attorney practicing on you. So…
Don’t take chances. Here are some of the questions to ask in order to find the best available bankruptcy lawyer:
- Do you practice bankruptcy law full-time?
- How many years have you done bankruptcy full-time?
- How many bankruptcy cases have you filed?
- How many Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases have you filed?
- Do you attend all the Federal, State and local bankruptcy seminars?
- Are you a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)?
- How good is the lawyer’s reputation?