The Biggest Signs of a Bad Bankruptcy Lawyer

October 14, 2011 by  Filed under: Bankruptcy 

There’s nothing worse than struggling with the headache of a mountain of debt, legal bankruptcy paperwork and bankruptcy court dates. But there is something worse than all of these hassles – and that’s hiring a bad bankruptcy lawyer.

Unfortunately, with the number of bankruptcies on the rise and more individuals looking for legal help to start over again, more law firms are adding bankruptcy law to their firm to capitalize on this trend. However, while many law firms excel in bankruptcy, there are a number of attorneys who might not give you the legal service you need – or what you’ve paid for.

So how can you protect your finances – and your time? Here are the signs of a bad bankruptcy lawyer you need to keep your eye out for:

1. Ask previous clients of a bankruptcy attorney if they felt that he or she did their best job on their bankruptcy case. If you’re not sure where to find these previous clients, sit in on a bankruptcy court for the day and ask the petitioners how they felt about their attorneys. If you start hearing several negative comments about a certain attorney, you know to avoid them at all costs.

2. Head online and check out your attorney’s feedback on the Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and any other local legal feedback sites. Read over your attorney’s feedback very carefully to determine if he or she has expertise in your specific area of bankruptcy.

3. If you’ve narrowed down a list of potential bankruptcy attorneys, take the day to visit each office. Look carefully at the state of the office: is it clean and organized, or is the office a complete mess? It may seem completely exclusive of your bankruptcy case, but one of the biggest tips bankruptcy experts recommend is to avoid attorneys with an incredibly messy (i.e. disorganized) office. After all, you wouldn’t go to a dirty hospital, would you?

4. Finally, be sure that your bankruptcy attorney can answer all of your questions to your complete satisfaction. Questions should include the following:

  • How many bankruptcies do you handle in (x amount of time)?
  • Will I be working with you, or is there someone else in the office handling my case?
  • Is there a specific time frame you have for my case?
  • What kind of access will I have to you during my case?

If the bankruptcy attorney can’t answer your questions to your complete satisfaction, it may be time to move on and find a lawyer who can. Remember, your bankruptcy case should be handled by the best bankruptcy attorney possible – so don’t settle for anything less than that.

Reed Allmand, sponsoring attorney for Bankruptcy.net, is constantly looking for ways to provide the best financial information for his clients. Whether you are considering filing for bankruptcy, or are currently going through a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, visit http://www.bankruptcy.net for up to date news and information you need to know.

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