There are so many attorneys who practice bankruptcy law. How can you make sure that you are hiring the right Glenwood bankruptcy attorney? Well, the first thing that you should do is find out in great detail the type of attorney that you are hiring. For example, you want to make sure that the attorney is going to be present at your meeting and that you will be dealing with him and not with either a paralegal or a lower-level associate. In other words, if you are paying for and hiring the top attorney at the firm, you want to make sure that that attorney is going to be involved in your bankruptcy case from start to finish.
At some firms, you will never even meet with the bankruptcy lawyer except at your court date. In many large firms, you will have a paralegal or some assistant interview you, help prepare your documents, and guide you through the process. It may only be at the time that you go to court that an attorney will actually be present at your court date. I recommend that you meet with the attorney face to face and demand that that attorney be a part of your bankruptcy case from start to finish. This way you can ensure that you are going to have good representation and that you are going to have a good outcome to your bankruptcy case.
If you are going to file Chapter 13 bankruptcy, then you want to make sure that the attorney is really seasoned in Chapter 13. There are many attorneys that will handle a Chapter 7 case, yet shy away from a Chapter 13 case. That is because of the complexity that is naturally associated with Chapter 13. The case lasts for several years, there are multiple court appearances and there is plenty of math for an attorney to be able to digest. It is certainly not the time to consider hiring cheap bankruptcy lawyers. If anything, I would not let price be an obstacle in Chapter 13. The bankruptcy court will ensure that you are not being overcharged as the court oversees and approves all attorneys’ fees. What you really should focus on is competence and comfort. Does the attorney have the requisite competence? Does the attorney make you feel comfortable? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then I think that you have found your choice of Chapter 13 bankruptcy lawyer. If either answer is no, then I would suggest that you keep looking until you find a yes to both.