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Published On: Wed, May 6th, 2015

Finding Bankruptcy Attorneys: A Definitive Guide

Bankruptcy does not exactly spell the end of your life they say but it definitely makes for one of the most difficult times in one’s life. So, bankruptcy itself is quite a difficult situation— a filing blunder only compounds the stress.

It is in the best of your interests to be guided by an experienced bankruptcy attorney in this regard. These attorneys will not only guide you regarding the basics of chapters 7 and 13 of bankruptcy (visit this site to find out about chapters 7 and 13 of bankruptcy in detail) but would also help you with the necessary documentation backing your case. Now, finding a good attorney is not a walk in the park either.

Apparently, all the bankruptcy lawyers out there are well versed with the local court rules and can ensure that your bankruptcy plea is not rejected. However, their professional expediency should not really be the only factor judging your choice of an attorney. It is very important to ensure that you are zeroing in on a professional who empathizes with your situation completely.

Experts suggest that the smartest of attorneys out there are of no use, if they are not open and available for answering your queries arising from time to time. However, it’s difficult to judge the attorney himself in this regard since he is mostly busy with his commitments.

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photo by photoSteve101 via Flickr

If his firm is backed by the services of a group of compassionate and efficient attorneys, you can jolly well rope them in to look after your case. Here are a few more tips to find bankruptcy attorneys.

Tips to Zero in on the best bankruptcy attorneys

One of your first responsibilities in this regard would be to find an attorney who specializes in bankruptcy. Typically, an attorney with specific expertise in bankruptcy might turn out to be better adept at handling your case than attorneys who have specialization in multiple areas.

Start off by surveying the website of the attorney—where he went to school, the kind of experience he has in the field, the kind of support staff his firm has and whether his credentials are duly sanctioned by the American Board of Certification or not.

See if the attorney is trying too hard to push you to a chapter 13 bankruptcy or not

Bankruptcy lawyers are often found trying too hard to push you to a chapter 13 bankruptcy plan from chapter 7 bankruptcy. Some do it solely because they don’t want to spend the time required for qualifying you for chapter 7 and others do it because they can include their fee in to chapter 13 and offer no money down filing. Chapter 13 is more suitable solution for those who have student loans or the ones who are dealing with a mortgage for a house they want to stay in.

Cost should not really be the only determinant while choosing the attorney

Yes, it is very important for you not to embark on a search for the “cheapest” services out there. Low costs do not guarantee quality and compassion which you generally seek in attorneys.

Refer to your local State Bar Association

A State Bar Association acts as a real good reference for those looking for bankruptcy lawyers. Every state has such an association, which reviews the complaints registered against lawyers. There are several associations which also have a database of attorneys who have disciplinary actions taken against them.

Conclusion

Make sure you are keeping these points in view while conducting your search for a bankruptcy lawyer for yourself.

Guest Author: Jimmy Simoud

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