How to Find a Bankruptcy Attorney

Bankruptcy Attorney - Spalding & SpaldingMaking the decision to file bankruptcy is not an easy one. It’s a decision that takes a lot of thought, both to determine if it’s even the right option for you and to plan how you will get through and recover from the process. Having a good bankruptcy attorney to guide you through the procedure can make a world of difference. Here are a few tips to help you select a bankruptcy attorney:

1.) Choose an attorney who concentrates in bankruptcy. Attorneys, much like doctors, can specialize in a variety of fields, such as tax law, criminal law, family law, etc. Filing bankruptcy is going to change your life (hopefully for the better), so it’s important to get an attorney who is well versed in bankruptcy law. After all, you wouldn’t go to an ear nose and throat specialist for a foot problem – you would go to a podiatrist.

2.) Evaluate an attorney’s reputation. Thanks to the Internet, there’s a ton of information right at your fingertips. When you’ve found a few bankruptcy attorneys you’re interested in, do some research. Search the web to see if you can find any reviews, testimonials, press mentions, or complaints. This information can help you make an informed decision. However, take each piece of information with a grain of salt. For instance, if you find a scathing complaint, don’t forget it but still consider meeting with that attorney. Filing bankruptcy is a stressful time in anyone’s life, and that person may have filed a complaint more out of anger at the situation than dissatisfaction with the attorney.

3.) Consider multiple attorneys. Don’t just go with the first attorney you hear about. If you know of anyone who has recently filed bankruptcy, ask if they were satisfied with their legal representation. If so, consider their attorney. In addition, do some searching online. Make a short list of attorneys (around five) that seem promising to you, and schedule initial meetings with them. Most attorneys give an initial consultation for free.

4.) Interview a potential attorney. Meet with the bankruptcy attorney(s) you are considering. Ask a lot of questions. Consider whether or not he or she is receptive to your questions and provides helpful answers. If the attorney is brisk and seems to be brushing you off, you probably want to consider someone else. Do you feel comfortable with the attorney? Bankruptcy is a very personal legal matter, and it’s important that you feel at ease with the attorney you choose. To help you with interviewing a potential attorney, request our free “5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Bankruptcy Attorney” special report.

About Wallace Spalding

Wallace Spalding has concentrated in Bankruptcy Law for over 25 years–helping people relieve the burden of debt and getting the results they deserve. He has been recognized as one of Louisville’s Top Lawyers in Louisville magazine in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012. Wallace Spalding's Google+ Profile

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