How To Choose The Right Lawyer
Which lawyer should I go to? This is an extremely important question. Filing bankruptcy will have a significant impact on your life for years to come…..but bankruptcy law is very complex, with many twists and turns, and traps for the unwary. If you need to file bankruptcy…choosing the right lawyer is critical.
In many cases, the simple truth is that the more experienced attorney will do a better job, which means getting you the most benefit from filing and avoiding the mistakes that someone less experienced is bound to make.
Don’t take chances. Here are some of the questions to ask in order to find the best available bankruptcy lawyer:
- Do you practice bankruptcy law full-time? You want a full-time lawyer, who spends all his time getting better at representing people in bankruptcy. You want a lawyer who knows the Bankruptcy Code and the local rules….inside and out, who has a good, established working relationship with the local Trustee and knows his or her preferences, who has a good reputation before the local Bankruptcy Judge, who knows which way the local Bankruptcy Judge tends to lean on certain key issues, and who enjoys the respect of the local creditor lawyers. What you don’t want is the lawyer jack-of-all-trades….who does a little of everything…including bankruptcy. Think about it. He or she may be great at handling a real estate closing, drafting a will and taking care of a speeding ticket…but the fact is….if a lawyer does anything other than bankruptcy….. he or she is obviously not spending all his or her time learning and staying sharp on bankruptcy law. There is a reason that lawyers limit their law practices to one area of law or another….and you want the lawyer that does nothing but bankruptcy law for a living. For instance…. What about the Law Offices of Denvil F. Crowe? The answer is “Yes”. In fact….all of our lawyers do nothing but bankruptcy related law.
- How many years have you done bankruptcy full-time? You have to be careful here. Lots of lawyers advertise years and years of experience. But the question should be “How many of those years did you spend doing nothing but bankruptcy law?” Generally….the more years….the better. For example, full time for 10 years is way better than full time for a month or even a year. What about Law Offices of Denvil F. Crowe? Law Offices of Denvil F. Crowe has actively practiced bankruptcy law since 1995.