Deciding on a bankruptcy attorney involves a bit of work. Does he or she have good case results? What do his or her clients have to say about the service? Does he or she provide you with enough free information? However, once you’ve sorted through the credentials and chosen an attorney, what should you expect from him or her?
There are two things that need to be made clear before you file your Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case.
1. How your attorney will keep you informed on the progress of your case
As your case is filed, you should want to see a copy of every communication with the court and pleadings in the case. It is also important for your bankruptcy attorney to explain how quickly the case will move and at what time you can expect for each step of the case to happen. Most importantly, a great bankruptcy lawyer will have a system in place to make sure any questions you have along the way can be answered.
2. Who will work on your case
Once an attorney has been filing bankruptcy cases in for a certain period of time, he or she probably knows what needs direct attention from an attorney and what can be handled by a competent staff. It may even be more beneficial to you and expedite the process if these matters are taken care of by associate attorneys or paralegals. However, it is completely legitimate to make sure that the attorney you want on your case is supervising the process for you.
In order to have the best bankruptcy experience possible, it is essential to know what to expect. You want to make sure that the expectations you have for your bankruptcy attorney can be met by that firm. I’ve found that these specific questions can help a debtor truly understand the process and feel the most comfortable with the bankruptcy law firm they have chosen.
If the answers to these questions are not what you are looking for, it may be a good indication that you should continue to shop for the best bankruptcy attorney.Look for articles, blogs, bankruptcy FAQ, and other free information to find a great attorney. While many offer free consultations, the best attorneys will offer you free information before you even set foot in an office. Don’t settle for anything less when it comes to securing your financial future.