Going through bankruptcy can be a trying experience. It can be overwhelming and it’s not always clear what to do, or who you should turn to. In another post we discuss bankruptcy mills and why they should be avoided. Basically, there are bankruptcy attorneys who treat their clients as a paycheck, and try to churn through as many cases as possible. On the other hand, there are many dedicated and competent bankruptcy attorneys who are committed to their client’s financial success.
Some technical tips for finding a local bankruptcy lawyer:
The Internet has made many things in life easier, including finding an attorney for your bankruptcy. Try a couple of web searches and see what your results are. Be sure to read online reviews in order to get an idea of the quality of the attorney you’re researching. If you’re old school you could even check the Yellow Pages.
The first and best method for finding a solution to almost any problem is to ask the people you care about. If they don’t have any firsthand experience then so be it, you haven’t lost anything by asking. On the other hand, if they’ve had a great or terrible experience with a bankruptcy lawyer, you can use this knowledge to your advantage.
Make some phone calls
When you have a list of local bankruptcy attorneys to work from, begin calling their offices. Many will offer free consultations. This is a great opportunity to meet with an attorney to see if they are a good fit for you. The phone call itself is a great opportunity to gauge the quality of a law firm. How professional was the receptionist? Do you feel like you are being treated well? Hopefully these things will give you an indication of whether this is a law firm that will take care of you.
All of the above can be done in the space of an hour or two, leaving you with a shortlist of good possible options. But from there,…
How do you choose which local bankruptcy attorney to use?
There are a few important questions you need to ask to make sure that the law firm you end up working with will treat you right.
Who will I be meeting with? There are many capable legal assistants out there but you’re more likely to get good results if you’re talking directly with the lawyer.
How responsive is this law firm? Are they easily available? Do they return your calls?
Do they take time to explain what’s going on? If you feel rushed out of the office by your bankruptcy lawyer then they don’t prioritize your case or your finances. A good bankruptcy attorney will take time to explain the strategy to you.
What have other people said? Take time to review testimonials and online reviews about this firm bearing in mind that it’s natural for even an excellent firm to have the occasional negative review. If the vast majority of reviews are positive that’s a very good sign.
If you live in Dallas or Fort Worth, your search is over!
Herrin Law is among the best bankruptcy firms in the DFW metro area. We’ll take time to meet with you in person and talk about how we are going to fix your financial problems. We’ll walk you through not only the process of filing for bankruptcy, but also how we are going to help you turn your finances around. Contact us for a free consultation, we’d love to be your local bankruptcy lawyer.