The Factors You Want to Consider When Retaining Bankruptcy Counsel
You’ve been hurt or diagnosed with an illness that prevents you from working. Maybe you’ve lost your job or find yourself in the middle of a divorce. If you’re struggling financially with no realistic expectation that things will get better anytime soon, a personal bankruptcy filing may be what you need to get a fresh start. If you’ve never been through the process before, you may be uncertain what you need to look for when hiring a lawyer to handle your bankruptcy filing.
The Most Important Factors When Retaining Bankruptcy Counsel
You won’t have any difficulty finding an attorney to handle your bankruptcy. You want to make certain, though, that the lawyer you hire is right for you. Here are the essential criteria to consider:
- You want a “bankruptcy” attorney—Many general practitioners will take a bankruptcy. You’re better off with someone who works primarily or exclusively with bankruptcy clients. Virtually any bankruptcy filing can have some unique twists and turns. You don’t want to be paying a lawyer to learn how to best represent you.
- There’s nothing like experience—Your attorney can have all the book learning in the world, but if he or she has little experience in bankruptcy proceedings, you’ll be at a disadvantage. You want to know that your lawyer has handled cases like yours, and has successfully represented a significant number of bankruptcy clients.
- You’re better off with local representation—Attorneys who practice in the local bankruptcy courts will likely have good relationships with judges and other counsel. They will also be aware of any unique practices in the local bankruptcy courts and may be better able to work with the local bankruptcy trustee.
- Communication is key—Few things can lead to greater anxiety than not knowing the status of your case. You want a lawyer who will keep you informed and involved at all times.
- Don’t get hung up on cost—With bankruptcy representation, you don’t want to be just another number to your attorney. Be willing to pay a little extra to ensure that you get full-service legal counsel.
Contact Attorney Howard N. Sobel
At the office of Howard N. Sobel, we provide personal bankruptcy counsel to men and women throughout the state of New Jersey. Contact our office online or call us at 856-424-6400 to set up a free initial consultation. Evening and weekend appointments can be arranged upon request. We accept all major credit cards.
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