There are thousands of lawyers out there, so it can feel overwhelming to think about finding the right one to help you file your bankruptcy case. Below are a few important steps you should take in finding the right attorney:
- Research your options. The Internet provides you the opportunity to verify a lawyer’s credentials and experience. For example, you can search sites such as martindale.com, Avvo and the applicable state bar association website to determine whether the attorney if in good standing, has a good reputation, and experience in handling personal bankruptcy cases. You should also review the law firm’s website to confirm that they list bankruptcy as one of their primary areas of practice. Further, you can see if they post blogs or articles discussing bankruptcy topics and giving advice on situations similar to yours. This is a good sign that the attorney is familiar with and has the ability to explain bankruptcy law.
- Ask for referrals. While the lawyer that was perfect for somebody you know may not be the right choice for you, it can help to know they the attorney did a good job for them and is trustworthy. You may also get referrals from attorneys you know who do not practice in the area of bankruptcy.
- Initial consultations. Once you have narrowed the list of attorneys you are interested in working with, schedule initial consultations so you can get to know the lawyers face-to-face. You should make a list of questions and see how well they answer them. It is important to work with an attorney that can communicate with you and that you feel comfortable with. Trust your gut instinct on who will be the best match for you.
Diane Anderson understands that the law can be difficult to navigate. Ms. Anderson offers legal advice in plain English, while providing a compassionate and caring environment for her clients. While it may seem scary, she believes that the law does not have to be something to fear, but instead something you can use to empower yourself to build a better, stronger future for you and your family. Contact us today to schedule a comprehensive consultation.