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Published on Sep 12, 2012
http://www.attorneys.com/bankruptcy/ reviews some of the common questions related to hiring a bankruptcy attorney in your area. If you are unsure of which bankruptcy lawyer is right for you, attorneys.com can connect you with one for free.
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If you're thinking about filing for bankruptcy, talking to bankruptcy lawyers should be at or near the top of your to-do list. Many bankruptcy lawyers offer preliminary meetings, or initial consultations, that enable you to ask some key questions.
You may want to start by asking basic questions about the attorney's legal background and experience. Ask how long he or she has been practicing bankruptcy law, and how many clients he or she helps file for bankruptcy each year. Also, determine if the attorney or their firm practices any other areas of law.
Next, it's important to determine which bankruptcy option is right for you. After going over your finances, ask the attorney to explain the differences between Chapter 7, Chapter 13, and Chapter 11.
It's also important to understand how your filing will be managed. Ask if he or she will be the attorney representing you in court and at meetings. And determine what the lines of communication will be if you have any additional questions, and how quickly the attorney will respond.
Finally, although it might be difficult to pin down, ask how long the attorney thinks the entire process will take.
The last line of questioning should center on how much it's going to cost you. Determine if the firm charges by the hour or a flat fee, and how much it is. And ask if there's a retainer fee or any other expense related to your case.
After you determine which attorney has the experience, advice and judgment you prefer, make your selection and move forward with your plan to get a fresh financial start. Don't feel ashamed or embarrassed by your situation. attorneys.com is here to help you take charge of getting your life back on track.
For more information, please refer to the list of bankruptcy articles.