Unfortunately, sometimes bad things happen to good people. That holds true whether it’s in a person’s private life or their business life. And one of the unpleasant issues a person or a business owner might face is the prospect of filing for bankruptcy.
It’s not a decision that should be taken lightly, nor is it a process that you should go through alone. A seasoned finance lawyer who specializes in bankruptcies can minimize the negative aspect going forward.
Just like with any other important life decision, finding a good bankruptcy attorney requires some work on your part.
A good place to start is with the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. This organization will indicate if a particular law firm is dedicated to the practice of bankruptcy, and provides a way for you to easily compare firms in your local area to help you narrow your search.
Once you’ve developed a short list, check your state’s bar website to find out if the attorneys on your list are certified. In many states, specialized certifications for bankruptcy exist. It means that the attorney has been practicing bankruptcy law for several years and that they devote at least half of their practice to working with bankruptcy cases. It also means they have been reviewed by their peers and have passed a written competency exam.
Once you’ve narrowed your list, meet with a couple of the attorneys in person. Most will offer a free initial consultation. You need to pay attention to the level of professionalism and make sure there is a good personality match.
Look for a lawyer who may be open to alternative solutions other than bankruptcy. Understanding all of your options is critical at this point. Also, look for one who is responsive to your particular needs and current station in life. They should take into account your specific situation and your goals moving beyond bankruptcy.
Finally, find a lawyer who fits your current financial situation. Some bankruptcies are pretty straightforward, and the resulting fees will be reasonable. Others are more complex. The key is to make sure you understand what the costs will be before you move forward.
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