Filing for bankruptcy is an intimidating endeavor. It should be handled by a professional that you trust. It can be easy to rush into hiring someone or even putting off the search until the situation becomes dire. Here are a few mistakes to avoid when hiring a bankruptcy attorney:
1. Find an attorney that specializes in bankruptcy.
You will want to hire someone that specializes in bankruptcy. Hiring an attorney that specializes in another area of the law will not afford you the same experience as working with an attorney that specializes in bankruptcy law.
2. Large firms are not always the best choice.
A large law firm may not be able to devote the personal attention you need for the services you need. A medium or smaller sized law firm usually provide lawyers that can devote more time to helping you. You will want to make sure that you are a priority and that quality work is a focus for the firm, instead of quantity.
3. Cost is not the best way to judge an attorney’s service.
While cost can be an important factor in how you choose a law firm, this should not be the only criteria for finding your bankruptcy attorney. Having inexpensive or very expensive fees is not an indicator of the quality of work you will experience.
4. Do your homework!
Shop around until you find an attorney you feel is the right person to help you. Relying on advertisements or hiring the first person you meet may speed up the process, but have consequences down the road. Many attorneys will provide free consultations, which gives you the opportunity to get to know the person with whom you will place your trust. If you do not like an attorney you meet with or do not feel confident in their abilities, contact someone else.
5. Be honest with your attorney.
Be upfront about information concerning your debt and assets. It is also important to ask the questions you have that are pertinent and relevant to your case. You and your attorney are a team that will work together, so the best way to set yourself up for success is to be upfront and honest.
6. Keep your own records.
Do not be afraid to ask for a written contract. You will want to have proof of the terms and fee amounts that you and your attorney agree upon.
If you are in Southern California and are concerned about your financial situation, do not wait until it is too late to speak with a qualified bankruptcy attorney. Contact our office today to set up a consultation appointment.