The decision to declare bankruptcy is rarely an easy one. In addition to financial pressures, there will be emotional pressures as well. But those concerns can be lessened early on by choosing the right bankruptcy lawyer who can be a tremendous asset in helping you navigate what lies ahead.
While there are many fine bankruptcy attorneys, you need to find one that best suits your particular needs. But what to look for? Here are some things to consider.
Experience. How many years does the lawyer have specifically related to practicing bankruptcy law is a good place to start. But you should delve deeper to see what kinds of cases they have handled. If you want to file Chapter 7, but the attorney primarily deals with Chapter 13 bankruptcies, then they may not be a good fit for your situation.
Is he/she competent? The best way to determine this is to ask for referrals from people you trust, ask to speak with former clients and check with the State Bar Association to see if any complaints have been filed against them.
Are the fees reasonable? Most of the time, this will be relative to your situation and what you can afford. You want personalized service, but not at such a high price that you create a new financial worry for yourself. High fees don’t always correlate to the best service, and it pays to shop around to find the right mix of price and service that puts you at ease.
Personality. Your lawyer is going to be your partner throughout the bankruptcy process and so you’ll want to find one that suits your personality, giving you confidence and trust in their abilities. That will also extend to how well they communicate with you throughout the process as well. You want someone who will be responsive and will give you clear and concise answers in a reasonable amount of time.
Faletti Law Office focuses on family law, tax law, bankruptcy and estate planning for clients in Bloomfield and the surrounding Colorado communities of Arvada, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City, Erie, Brighton, Lafayette, Longmont, Firestone, Thornton, Adams County, Jefferson County and beyond.