Bankruptcy, unlike other areas of the law, is an extremely personal decision that can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. For many individuals the need for bankruptcy assistance is obvious, but because of the stigma of bankruptcy and/or misinformation about the long term effects, many individuals put off finding help until there is no other alternative. So with that in mind, how does a person in need of bankruptcy find help.
Typically, many people turn to friends, family or coworkers for a referral when they need a Lawyer. But again, because of the personal nature of bankruptcy, many people avoid disclosing to friends and family the need for help. Traditionally, the yellow pages were the number one source for information when locating a Bankruptcy Attorney. With the increase of multimedia and internet access, finding an attorney is as easy as typing in the word ‘bankruptcy’ in your favorite search engine. Literally, thousands of resources are available at your fingertips. With all this information available, how do you choose?
Here are a few things to think about when choosing a Bankruptcy Attorney. The most important thing that you should look for in a Bankruptcy Attorney, or any professional for that matter, is personality. Not, do they have a good personality, but rather, do you they make you feel comfortable and do you feel at ease when speaking with them. As referred to above, bankruptcy can be a very difficult decision for most people and can cause a lot of anxiety. Having an attorney that you feel comfortable with can make the process of filing for bankruptcy much less stressful.
Look for an attorney that focuses primarily on bankruptcy. As with many aspects of the law, the practice of bankruptcy law is becoming more and more specialized. Gone are the days when an attorney could hang out a shingle and handle all types of matters. Bankruptcy does not have to be the only area that they practice in, but it should be their primary focus.
Availability is another key aspect to look at when choosing an attorney. 24/7 access is not necessary when picking an attorney, but knowing when are good times and how to contact them with a question or concern is critical to ease the anxiety of bankruptcy.
Process is another important aspect when choosing an attorney. What is their process for dealing with their clients, especially you. Many attorneys have a process that they follow to make sure that everything is accomplished in a given time period. Discuss the process that they use so that you can be sure that it works for you as well. Technology can be a useful tool, but also can cause as much stress as the bankruptcy itself. You should be comfortable with their process so that your bankruptcy can go as smooth as possible.
Remember when looking for the right person to assist you, you should carefully consider who you choose to represent you. Personality, Focus, Availability and Process are four key areas that you should understand before you hire your attorney.