Kirandeep Sihota Esq., a Stockton Bankruptcy Attorney, speaks about the questions that a person should ask a bankruptcy attorney before retaining them.
I meet with clients in my Stockton Bankruptcy Law Firm on a daily basis who are overwhelmed with their own financial situation that they do not know what to ask when they come in for their consultation.
When considering to retain an attorney to file your bankruptcy, you should ask the lawyer the following questions:
#1. Workload – You should ask the lawyer about his/her monthly workload. You do not want to hire an overworked attorney who does not have the time to look into the details of your particular case.
#2 .Types of Bankruptcy – Which kind of bankruptcy does the attorney practice. Depending on your situation a particular type of bankruptcy, for example a Chapter 7, may better suit your needs.
#3. Attorney Involvement – What is the attorney’s actual involvement and role in your case? Are you able to reach the attorney and what is the best method of contacting the attorney. It is also good to know who else will be working on your file, so that you have an additional resource to contact.
#4. Fee Structure – You need to find out what is included in the attorney’s fees and what is not. Also, whether a written fee agreement is provided.
#5. Time Frame – How long will it take for the attorney to file your particular case? Remember each case is different and depending on how complicated your case is the longer it may take. Nevertheless, the attorney should have an approximate time frame, so that you are aware of when your case is going to be filed.
#6. File or Not – Should you file for bankruptcy. You want the attorney’s input on whether your situation is one in which bankruptcy should be filed or not. The attorney should address the benefits and detriments of filing for bankruptcy in relation to your case.
When meeting with a bankruptcy attorney for your initial consult, remember to ask these questions. Retaining an attorney is a hiring process and you are the one conducting the interview.
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