The one very important thing that anyone who is going through a bankruptcy process needs to do is to ma sure they seek the professional advice of a qualified bankruptcy attorney, to help them through the process.
The following is a list of things to consider when the decision has been made to hire a bankruptcy lawyer:
- Free Consultation
Perhaps the very first thing to note is that you must never agree to pay a consultation fee. It is a very rare thing to find an attorney these days that will still accepts a consultation fee. You can confirm this for yourself by going a Google search for any lawyer search term and visiting any lawyer websites. You will likely see the words “free consultation” on all of them.So any attorney that is asking you to pay a fee, run as fast away as you can.
- Experience and Reputation
Next, you want to only work with the best. And usually, the best will often be someone who specializes in a specific field of practice, in this case, bankruptcy law. While it is often normal for attorneys or law practices to be multi-disciplinary, the key is to know specifics about how much of a specialist is the specific lawyer who will be assigned to your case?
You want to know how long this person has been practicing in this field, their success and failure rates, and any other relevant information about them.All of this information can be gotten during that initial free consultation previously spoken about.
A key advantage of working with a specialist bankruptcy attorney, especially a local one, is the fact the he or she is likely to know many of the local personnel of the judicial system that might be interested in the bankruptcy process, including possible knowledge of the creditors in question.
- Attorney-Client Interaction and RelationshipIn order to accomplish a successful bankruptcy outcome, you ought to talk with your attorney and be well understood. A potential bankruptcy attorney should be willing to answer your questions. You should definitely feel relaxed with the attorney that you choose to work with.
A fruitful and successful outcome of a bankruptcy process is heavily dependent on the relationship you have with your bankruptcy lawyer. So a cordial and trusting relationship between the both of you is a must, if you are to get the best end-result. You should be able to trust and provide him with any and all information that he needs for the case, including information that might be embarrassing for you to divulge.
- Size of Law FirmAlthough not always the case, larger law firms are often able to secure a more favorable outcome for you. Their big balance sheet and deep pockets, the clout and reputation of their lawyers, and other resources they command can often plan a positive role in securing a more favorable outcome. The downside however, is that they are likely to cost more.
- Credit Restoration
The one overarching thing you should have at the back of your mind, as something you want to do immediately the process is accomplished, is to immediately begin building your credit again. So it would be great if you can find an attorney who can offer practical advice and help in this regard.