What Should You Look for When You Are Considering Retaining a Bankruptcy Attorney?

Interviewer: That’s true. My last question for today is, when people are talking to different bankruptcy attorneys, what signs should they look for that would tell them this attorney is the right choice for them?

It Is Important to Select an Attorney with Which You Have a Good Rappor

Court: The typical qualities I would say are the same for any other attorney you are considering retaining. The most important thing to know when you choose an attorney for any kind of legal problem is that you need to trust the attorney. You need to have a rapport with the attorney. Not every attorney is right for every person.

Everybody has a different personality, and sometimes personalities don’t mesh. You don’t want to hire somebody you don’t have that rapport with and who you don’t feel you can talk to about anything. That’s the number one reason you should or should not retain this attorney.

It Is Important that Your Attorney Have Bankruptcy Experience and that He or She Does Not Guide You toward the Wrong Option

You obviously want to make sure that they have experience. They’ve filed papers before and they know what they’re doing. You want to make sure that you feel like you can easily contact them, that they’re accessible and won’t be difficult to get hold of if you have a question.

The other red flag, specifically for people who are shopping for bankruptcy attorneys, is you want to make sure that the attorney is not trying to push you into a Chapter 13.

A lot of times I have seen clients who are people who come in to see me after they’ve filed bankruptcy, and they’ve filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, when really it would have been best for them to file a Chapter 7.

It’s sad to say, and I dislike calling anybody out on it, but I’ve heard stories where they were told to file a Chapter 13 because it would be better, and it’s clearly not.

You want to make sure that your attorney is giving you the options, and you can make the choice on whether to file at all, and whether to file a Chapter 13 or a Chapter 7.

The Right Attorney Will Guide You and Will Provide You with the Necessary Tools You Need to Make the Most Advantageous Decision about Bankruptcy

My job as an attorney is to provide you with options and to educate you on the different choices you can make, not to try and push you into a certain area. If you feel like you’re getting pushed into a Chapter 13 for instance, then that attorney is probably not the right attorney for you.

By Court Koehler

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