If you have been experiencing financial problems, there is no greater time than the present to speak with an experienced bankruptcy attorney about your legal options.  With this in mind, there are a number of simple things to look out for when conducting a search for the right bankruptcy attorney.   These are as follows:

  • Has significant bankruptcy experience.   You would not go to a dermatologist for knee surgery.  The same advice holds true when hiring an attorney.   Most attorneys focus their practice in a few key areas.  Accordingly, it is highly recommended that you find an attorney who handles bankruptcy cases on a regular basis
  • Charges reasonable fees.  Much like other purchases, the cheapest and most expensive options are rarely good indicators of whether an attorney will provide you with the most favorable results.  Find an attorney whose fees are competitive but not too cheap or “over the top”.  Bankruptcy attorneys typically charge a flat fee for Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies.   Be sure to understand what the fee includes and ask your attorney questions if you are unsure. Keep in mind that a higher fee does not mean that you will have more contact with an attorney. It is often true that in larger firms, non-attorneys have more contact with clients than in smaller firms.
  • Maintains a positive attorney-client relationship. During your consultation, you will be given the opportunity to discuss your case with the attorney.  Pay attention to how the attorney handles your questions and whether he or she is patient and receptive to your concerns.   It is crucial that you feel comfortable with the attorney that you select because you will need to work with him or her for a certain period of time.   Moreover, it is important to work with an attorney who genuinely cares about you and your case.
  • Has a business model that suits you.  At your initial consultation, determine how the attorney conducts his or her business.   If you have a question, will you speak directly with the attorney or will you be directed to an assistant?    Be on the look-out for a “bankruptcy mill” or a “bankruptcy only” firm that is high volume which can lead to less than quality results. Mills tend to be less expensive, but will give you less personal attention and advice.  Signs of a mill include many office locations, little contact with attorneys, overzealous marketing methods and very low prices.

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For more information about your bankruptcy options, contact my Kansas City office online or call me at 913-742-8700 for a free consultation.  I will take the time necessary to evaluate your financial situation and offer you the most practical solutions that are uniquely tailored to address your needs.  I look forward to providing you with superior legal representation.