Tips for picking your Bankruptcy Attorney
So you’ve finally had enough and you can’t take it anymore. You are constantly struggling to pay your bills and the collection companies just keep calling. You’re starting to do more and more research on bankruptcy. It’s time to contact a bankruptcy lawyer, but which one? You see ads everywhere, from the TV and radio, to billboards and bus stops. However, they all appear the same, and you can’t decide on which one to choose. It is possible to ask your friends for a recommendation, but then again it’s somewhat awkward to talk about. So, you settle with researching online. But where should you start?
Filing for bankruptcy is a serious matter and the way you go about it can either positively or negatively affect the rest of your life. We know you want excellent advice and the right representation, so here at Amerio Law Firm, we’ve come up with some helpful tips to get you the best representation possible.
Are they properly certified?
Once you’ve made a list of potential representation, visit http://www.calbar.ca.gov to find out if they’re certified. You will notice that in the state of California, there are specialist certifications for bankruptcy. This certification means the your potential lawyer has been practicing law for a minimum number of years, spends at least half his or her time working with bankruptcy cases, is peer reviewed, and has passed a written examination in the specialty of bankruptcy.
Don’t rush it and don’t be discouraged.
Like we’ve already stated, filing for bankruptcy is a serious matter. You shouldn’t feel like you have to jump into the process with the first lawyer you meet. After you’ve researched a few lawyers or firms you’d like to further explore, visit their websites. They should contain clearly written and educational information in regards to the differences of the chapters of bankruptcy you can file for.
After this, feel free to start scheduling your appointments. At Amerio Law Firm, we offer a free consultation for bankruptcy cases that allows our client’s to hear how we can help them before they make any rash decisions.
It is important to note that before you go to your appointment, you will want to write down any questions you may have about bankruptcy, as the process can be overwhelming at first and you may forget to ask certain questions during your meeting.
Be sure they have your best interest in mind.
Just as you were to hire anyone else, make sure that your lawyers are personable and professional. Meeting them in person is crucial in deciding if they are the right person for you. Go with your gut instinct- if you meet with a lawyer and automatically feel like they are trustworthy and have your best interest at heart, make note of that when it comes time to decide who you want to go with.
The bottom line is that bankruptcy is not an easy feat, but if you follow these guidelines, you will be one step closer to financial freedom. At Amerio Law Firm, we are professional, knowledgeable, certified, and we always have our clients best interest at heart. We have the patience to explain every aspect of the bankruptcy process to you and help you through it. If you are tired of dodging the intimidating collection calls, call (916) 419-1111 today to begin the journey to financial freedom.