How to Choose an Attorney and What to Look For
Considering Bankruptcy? Make Sure You Pick an Experienced Lawyer
If you are considering filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, it can be a very confusing, frustrating and emotional time. On top of all this, you have to find the right bankruptcy attorney. Greenwald & Hammond wants you to be informed and comfortable with all of your bankruptcy decisions, beginning with hiring an attorney you trust and who will help you on the road to financial recovery.
Has another attorney told you that you do not qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13 bankruptcy? He or she could be wrong. Make sure the assessment was correct. You can speak with the experienced team at Greenwald & Hammond by calling 303.832.2550 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Denver bankruptcy lawyers.
Tips for Choosing a Bankruptcy Attorney
No matter who you retain as your bankruptcy attorney, here are some important tips to help guide you as you choose one:
- Ask friends and family for references.
- Ask other attorneys for possible choices.
- Go with your gut feeling — especially if you have interviewed more than one attorney already.
- Read online reviews.
- Make sure the attorney's practice is bankruptcy law (attorneys who diversify are not always up to date on the current bankruptcy rules and regulations).
- Do not make your decision on cost alone; you may pay for it in the long run.
Potential Warning Signs to Avoid
Certain "red flags" or warning signs can help you decide whether someone is a skilled and competent bankruptcy lawyer. They include:
- Low flat rates: They most likely do not include all services (hidden fees). Also, each case is unique; it is hard to quote one fee for all cases.
- Non-attorney workers: Make sure the person you hire to handle your case is actually an attorney; he or she might be a document preparer or some other type of non-attorney worker (these workers cannot give legal advice or attend court).
- Attorneys who won't start work until they are fully paid: A competent attorney should start working on a case once the initial retainer is received.
- Law firms with only paralegals working on cases: Some clients end up only meeting with or talking to paralegals. Make sure you also meet with your attorney and can speak directly to the attorney when you have a legal question.
Choosing a Bankruptcy Attorney: Additional Resources
When you start to think about filing bankruptcy, you will discover that there are a lot of attorneys to choose from. Narrowing it down can seem overwhelming, but there are a few helpful hints that you can use to start you off on the right foot.
Five 'must-haves' in a bankruptcy lawyer — article from Bankrate.com
- How to choose a bankruptcy attorney — article from eHow.com
Contact Greenwald & Hammond, P.C., for a Free Initial Consultation
When you are ready to choose your attorney, contact the bankruptcy law office of Greenwald & Hammond, P.C., online today, or call 303.832.2550 — we are real lawyers for real people. We serve clients throughout the Denver metro area and beyond, in Aurora, Brighton, Broomfield, Arvada, Golden, Littleton, and Parker. Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Aurora Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorneys.
We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy protection under the Bankruptcy Code.