If you’re at the point where you need to consider bankruptcy, you need to make sure that you have the right lawyer for your needs. Bankruptcy court has it’s own rules and you want to make sure that creditors are properly notified, and deals need to be made.
To get started, check the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Membership in this organization indicates that the firm or lawyer is “dedicated to the practice of bankruptcy, stays up to date on the latest developments, and provides competent representation.”
Once you have looked at some lawyers, check the state bar in your state. Most states have specialist certifications for bankruptcy. This certification means the lawyer has been practicing law for a minimum number of years, spends at least half of their time working with bankruptcy cases, is peer reviewed, and has passed a written examination in that specialty.
Prepare to meet several lawyers to find the right fit for your needs. Maybe you have a personal business that is going under, you need to find someone experienced in that area.
The ideal attorney will also offer options, you want to have all the information you need to push ahead. Avoid lawyers that charge ultra-low fees, you will likely not get the personal service you need. But be sure to ask what the fee covers, some attorneys include court and other costs in the quoted fee, others don’t.
Making sure you ask all the right questions, will help you get the right lawyer for your needs, and assure a speedy resolution.