The type of bankruptcy lawyer Baltimore residents need is one that dedicates most of their practice to bankruptcy law. The reason for this is that bankruptcy cases can be complex, and changes in the law affect the outcome of court decisions. A good bankruptcy attorney knows how to represent their client to get the best possible outcome. Here are some tips to recognize whether or not your bankruptcy lawyer is qualified.
First Impressions Count
Many attorneys will offer a free initial consultation. Is your first contact with the law firm with an attorney or a paralegal? A paralegal assists the lawyer but is not licensed to practice law. Even if the lawyer has paralegal assistants, you want a hands-on attorney that will personally meet with you and answer questions. Contact us now for a free consultation with an experienced bankruptcy attorney.
Solid Track Record
When you are considering any lawyer’s services, ask how much experience they have. How long have they been practicing bankruptcy law? How many cases have they handled? If the lawyer has only been practicing for only one or two years, then it might be wise to look for more experienced hands. Sirody & Associates has over 80 years of combined bankruptcy experience. Call us now at 410-415-0445 for a free initial consultation.
Ask About Fees
Beware of lawyers that tell you that they will discuss fees only at the end of the bankruptcy. Also steer clear of any attorney that appears to be amazingly inexpensive. Like anything else, you get what you pay for, so make sure you know about the fee structure up front.
Debt Counseling And Meetings
The Federal Trade Commission requires credit counselling within 180 days before any bankruptcy filing. Make sure your attorney knows about this and how to set up debt counselling. Also, ask if your lawyer will accompany you to the 341 meeting which is a meeting with your creditors. This meeting is a chance for any creditor to ask questions or make objections. You want to be sure you have legal representation at this meeting in order to make sure all your rights are protected.
Forms And More Forms
Solid attorney experience is also important because there are many forms to file. If any of these forms are not filed or filed incorrectly, you risk having your case dismissed, or you may have to wait to file again. For example, the forms for filing for Chapter 7 differ from the forms for Chapter 13. Furthermore, if there is suspicion of fraud, then your case might be thrown out of court. Proper form filing is critical to the success of any bankruptcy proceeding.
Make A Wise Choice
If you are facing bankruptcy, you want to make sure the filing is done correctly. A trusted attorney will also make sure all your rights are protected to the full extent of the law.
Call Today For A Free Consultation
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