We have all seen the ads for cut-rate bankruptcy – Craigslist is littered with them. One of the biggest mistakes that can get good people into very bad trouble is paying a cheap fee for the lousy work of a bad attorney or dealing with some scam debt settlement company.
What should you look for in hiring a bankruptcy firm?
Accountability – do you know who is working on your case? Is he or she a lawyer? Or just a paralegal, secretary, law student with a lawyer who signs off on the paperwork
Accessibility – when you call or email your attorney, does he or she call you back the same or next business day? Do you get a callback at all?!?
Appointments – are you getting a free consultation or getting charged $ 100 or more just to sit down and talk for an hour – some places offer free 10 minute consultations!
Experience – is your attorney doing bankruptcy “on the side” or is bankruptcy his or her main practice or focus area?
Attention – are you getting the attention you and your case need or are you just another number like a visit to the BMV?
Cost/Price – low fees, too good to be true? Probably – you get what you pay for. How about fees that are two or even three times higher than everyone else you’ve called? That’s simple . . . you’ll get ripped off!
That Gut Feeling – does your lawyer sound trustworthy and knowledgable? What does his or her office look like? Is it a mess? Does it look like he or she could pack up and leave overnight?
These are just a few things to consider when picking a firm to represent your best interests and guide you through the maze that is bankruptcy.
AVOID THE SCAMS!
Avoid the INFOmercials, the paid talking heads on TV that tell you to visit the bankruptcy mill or the “petition preparation services.”
Get a Free No Obligation Consultation from a local, experienced bankruptcy attorney.
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis is a consumer rights law firm that helps honest, hardworking people get a fresh start through bankruptcy relief.
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