What is the best way to find a reliable bankruptcy attorney? 31 Answers as of June 25, 2013

What's the best way to find a good successful bankruptcy lawyer?

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Breckenridge and Walton
Breckenridge and Walton | Alan D. Walton
Go to www.nacba.org and search their list of members.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/28/2011
Mercado & Hartung, PLLC
Mercado & Hartung, PLLC | Christopher J. Mercado
You can find one through referrals or check out online.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 9/21/2011
Heupel Law
Heupel Law | Kevin Heupel
The number of cases that an attorney files is a good indicator of success. It means that the attorney has experience with filing bankruptcy. Another indicator is credentials and referrals. And finally, the most important is whether you feel comfortable with the attorney. Bankruptcy is a personal issue and it's important to find someone who makes you feel at ease.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 9/15/2011
AZ Law Group of Trezza & Associates
AZ Law Group of Trezza & Associates | Stephen Trezza
Interview the three and then follow your instincts.
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Replied: 9/20/2011
Law Office of John C. Farrell, Jr.
Law Office of John C. Farrell, Jr. | John C. Farrell, Jr.
I would start with asking friends or family. There are also networks of bankruptcy attorneys you can call.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 9/14/2011
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
    Anyone with less than 4 years experience may have just jumped on the bandwagon when filing zoomed out sight. What percentage of their practice is bankruptcy? If a lawyer does civil, criminal, bankruptcies, ect.... what have they dedicated themselves to being good at? Lastly, do they only do chapter 7 bankruptcies? If they only do Chapter 7's then they only have one solution to your problems.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/14/2011
    Florio Law Firm, PLLC
    Florio Law Firm, PLLC | Amber Morgan Florio, Attorney at Law
    The internet, phone book or word of mouth are all great ways to find an attorney. Most Bankruptcy Attorneys offer free consultations, with no obligation to sign up. If you are looking, I would suggest scheduling an initial consult with an attorney in your area that states that they handle bankruptcy, and ask questions. The more information you find out the more equipped to decide whether your attorney is right for you. Any attorney who is licensed to practice in the state of Texas is capable of filing a Bankruptcy. However, you should try to find an attorney who is knowledgeable in the area of Bankruptcy specifically, and make an appointment to discuss your situation.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis
    Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis | Eric Lewis
    The best way to find a reliable bankruptcy attorney is to do your homework. You want to find an office where you will not be just another name on the file - avoid the "bankruptcy mills" or "bankruptcy factories" which boast that they churn out thousands of bankrutpcy filings a year (I know one that boasts that they file 1,000 cases a month). Experience means actual bankruptcy practice, not gray hair. An attorney practicing divorce for 30 years doesn't know as much bankruptcy as a bankruptcy attorney who has only practice two years. Also, call around on prices. You'll find that prices are all over the place because some rip you off, some have super-high overhead expenses, and the cheapest of the cheap will give you the same in quality of work - cheap.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    Dan Wilson Bankruptcy
    Dan Wilson Bankruptcy | Dan Wilson
    Good question! In Denver we are fortunate to have a great BK bar. Do you know anyone who has had a recent bankruptcy? Ask them for a referral. If not, interview a few attorneys. Ask them about experience. Check with the Supreme Court to see if there are any complaints about them. One of the most important things is not go with the lowest fee quoted. Selecting an attorney is not like buying a loaf of bread. When interviewing, go with your gut. Ask lots of questions. If answers are vague, move on. Personally, I would go with a firm where I talk to the attorney who will handle my case rather than a BK mill where your contact is with a paralegal. Check out the attorney's web-site.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    Law Office of Lynnmarie A. Johnson
    Law Office of Lynnmarie A. Johnson | Lynnmarie Johnson
    Ask friends and relatives for people that they have gone to and how happy they were with the attorney, their response time, calls back, etc. You will be surprised how many people have been through bankruptcy or have good friends who have. Word of mouth is much better than blindly picking out of the telephone book! Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    Holmes Law Offices
    Holmes Law Offices | Martin M. Holmes
    Look at the attorney's in you geographic area. Check out their web sites, and resumes look for number of years practicing, in the bankruptcy area .If you are General Motors your needs will be different than if you are an individual or small business . The best way to tell is through their professional affiliations. Are they a member of the National association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, or various debtor's bar associations. Web sites like AVVO that has a rating system where clients can post comments. Once you have narrowed your seach then " interview" the attorney. Ask qquestions like number of cases handled, professional affiliation, what has he or she done by way of continuing legal education , i.e. seminars, work shops etc. When was the last one. Rember you are hiring the lawyer. Ask questions about bankruptcy? Do they appear to be knowledgable? When you go to their office are you meeting the attorney, that will be handling the case or some staff member? Check out the Better Business Bureau and the State Bar Association for complaints or disciplinary actions.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Harris
    Law Office of Andrew Harris | Andrew Harris
    Word of mouth is the best way to find a good bankruptcy attorney. You can also do a google search for bankruptcy attorneys in your area, check out their websites (and if there are any online reviews), and then make appointments with 2 or 3 attorneys, and see who you are comfortable with. It is always good to meet with attorneys who offer free consultations, such as I do here in Bend, OR. You should feel comfortable asking any question you may have, and you want to see that not only does the attorney know what he is talking about, but that he or she is responsive to your questions and needs as well.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    Bankruptcy Law Center
    Bankruptcy Law Center | Bill Zurinskas
    Applies to Colorado bankruptcy only: First check the internet or yellow pages and find 3 attorneys with lots of bankruptcy experience: at least 2000 cases filed and at least 10 years bankruptcy experience, then interview them. If you know someone who has filed bankruptcy, ask them for a referral. Check the Colorado Supreme court website for any record of disciplinary action against the attorneys you are considering and also check at the Colorado Supreme Court website to find out whether your attorney has malpractice insurance. An attorney without insurance may indicate that said attorney is uninsurable due to malpractice claims. In the past several years the market has been saturated with new bankruptcy attorneys, these attorneys are great at marketing with slick google advertising and websites. Many of them advertise low fees (such as bankruptcy from $499), but rarely charge said low fee. Some of the bankruptcy mills that charge low fees have a paralegal do most of the bankruptcy documents. Find an attorney that will spend at least 3 hours with you (one on one) in preparing your case.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    Linda C. Garrett Law
    Linda C. Garrett Law | Linda Garrett
    Ways: 1) go to the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (www.nacba.com); 2)Nolo.com; Also, when you think you have found a good bankruptcy attorney, process their name (or lawfirm) with the Better Business Bureau. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    Law Office of Margaret D. Wilson
    Law Office of Margaret D. Wilson | Margaret Wilson
    The best way to find an attorney is to ask family and friends. Before hiring an attorney find out about their case load, what is included in the price they quote you, and find out if they will allow you to call with questions.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    Law Offices of Michael J. Berger
    Law Offices of Michael J. Berger | Michael J. Berger
    The best way to find a good, successful bankruptcy lawyer is to check his qualifications and his reputation and then to go to his office and take a free consultation with him. It is a huge plus if your bankruptcy lawyer is certified as a specialist in bankruptcy law.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall
    Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall | William M. Rubendall
    To find a well qualified bankruptcy attorney check the State Bar website. You will find a list of attorneys who are certified by the Board of Legal Specialization.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    The Law Offices of Katie M. Stone
    The Law Offices of Katie M. Stone | Katie M. Stone
    When trying to find an attorney, I suggest that you meet with a couple different ones so that you can get an idea of the material, the way it is presented and your chemistry with the attorney. After you meet with a few, then make the decision of who you want to hire to represent you. Most bankruptcy attorneys will offer a free initial consultation. Ask a lot of questions, let them know your concerns and your expectations. Ask who will handle your file after you sign the retainer such as a legal assistant or paralegal. Go with someone you feel comfortable with, who answers your phone calls, emails and presents themselves as available to their clients. Bankruptcy is a big decision and who you hire can have a huge difference in the process. I hope you found this information useful.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    Melinda Murphy Dionne, PC
    Melinda Murphy Dionne, PC | Melinda Murphy Dionne
    Most highly qualified bankruptcy attorneys now have websites. If you search the terms "bankruptcy lawyers" and the name of your town you will likely find a number of sites to review. Look at the websites, read the information contained there. You will recognize cookie cutter sites from those with original content. Most bankruptcy attorneys offer free consultations. Make an appointment with the 2 or 3 attorneys you find most impressive on the web. When you meet with the attorney you will know whether you and the attorney are a good match.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    Carballo Law Offices
    Carballo Law Offices | Tony E. Carballo
    Have consultations with three attorneys in your area who have been practicing at least five years, check online with the California Bar to see if each attorney has a clean record and make sure the attorney is a member of the National Association of Consumers Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA). This will also help you get information on what fees are reasonable in your case and in your area and learn the potential issues with your case. The fee alone should not determine who you hire but if several attorneys are well qualified then you should select the one with whom you can communicate best and who you feel you can trust even if he/she charges a little more. Your instincts are are important. The attorney-client relationship is very personal so you need someone you can understand and trust as well as afford and that usually also mean you like the attorney personally and he/she likes you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/13/2011
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    We are a great bankruptcy firm and would be willing to speak with you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/25/2013
    Lewis Adams and Associates
    Lewis Adams and Associates | Lewis P. Adams
    Find out how long they have been in practice and how long they have been practicing bankruptcy law. Call the Bankruptcy Court. Once you have a couple of names, interview them. If they are able to readily answer your questions and you feel comfortable with them, you are most of the way there. Sometimes there are references on the web by satisfied customers you can review. Sometimes, someone out of law school with three clients and charging half the price of everyone else is not the best pick.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 9/12/2011
    Charles Schneider, P.C.
    Charles Schneider, P.C. | Charles J. Schneider
    I would choose an attorney that is certified in consumer bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/12/2011
    Ross Smith, Attorney at Law
    Ross Smith, Attorney at Law | Charles Ross Smith III
    There are several ways to locate excellent Bankruptcy attorneys. 1. Check out the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. The dues are stiff. Only real specialists stay in very long. 2. Call your local library info desk. Ask them to look up experienced bankruptcy attorneys in Martindale-Hubbel. This reference is also available on the internet. Give it a try. 3. Ask attorneys you know for the name of a good bankruptcy attorney. They should refer you to an attorney of over 5 years experience, who specializes in consumer bankruptcy. 4. Don't be afraid to go to the "big city." That's where the Bankruptcy Courts sit. So look in Cleveland, Toledo, Mansfield, Akron, Youngston, Cincinnati and Columbus for expert bankruptcy attorneys. It costs no more to hire the best bankruptcy attorneys.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 9/12/2011
    Law Office of Michael Johnson
    Law Office of Michael Johnson | Michael Johnson
    Tough question. I guess you can call around and get some feel for them.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/12/2011
    Law Office of Harry L Styron
    Law Office of Harry L Styron | Harry L Styron
    If you know someone else who has been through the process, talk to them. If not, interview two or three bankruptcy attorneys and pick the one who you conclude will work best with you. Most people can form judgments about other's characters pretty accurately simply with a brief conversation. Most attorneys will give you a free consultation, either routinely or if you ask. If one doesn't that person is probably more centered on him or herself than on client service.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/12/2011
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    You might start your search on sites like this one. Some legal sites, actually rate attorneys, so look there too. Additionally, ask your friends and family for recommendations based on their experiences.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 9/12/2011
    Law Office of Maureen O' Malley
    Law Office of Maureen O' Malley | Maureen O'Malley
    Look on NACBA. Attorneys are listed by state and town. It's the national association of consumer bankruptcy attorneys.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 9/12/2011
    Symmes Law Group, PLLC
    Symmes Law Group, PLLC | Richard James Symmes
    The best way to find a good bankruptcy attorney is to speak to other lawyers in your community.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/12/2011
    Ursula G. Barrios Law
    Ursula G. Barrios Law | Guillermo Machado
    Referral and word of mouth.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/12/2011
    Law Office of Eric Ridley
    Law Office of Eric Ridley | Eric Ridley
    You can ask your friends if they know anyone, or check with your local bar association for a referral. Once you have some names, call and ask to speak with the attorney. You want to make sure he or she is someone you can work with comfortable, and you do not want to feel like you're going through a bankruptcy "mill" or factory.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/12/2011
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