To find the right Round Lake Park bankruptcy lawyer, you have to do a little bit of homework. There are many attorneys out there who claim to be able to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case on your behalf. You, as the consumer, need to do your due diligence to make sure that the attorney that you’re meeting with is capable of handling your case from start to finish.
There are many attorneys who practice bankruptcy law under Chapter 7 who do not do a Chapter 13 case because of its complexity. Those attorneys will refer out Chapter 13 cases to attorneys that they know who handle Chapter 13.
There are also attorneys who used to practice in other areas of the law who have come back into the Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 area who are not very versed in the many types of bankruptcy. You want to make sure when you’re interviewing that attorney you are asking specific questions regarding experience. You want to make sure the attorney you hire has experience to handle Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. You want to see if the attorney has written anything on the subject. You want to see if the attorney has any videos on the subject. You want to check out the attorney’s website and see if there’s any educational information that you can use to learn about Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. You also want to ask that attorney if he can provide any references of clients that he has helped. An experienced bankruptcy lawyer will be readily available to give you answers to those questions and more in an effort to earn your business.
The competition for bankruptcy cases is very fierce. Many attorneys will try and get a client in at a very low rate and then bump up the rate after they’ve been in their office. I like to offer a complimentary consultation where I will meet with the client, answer all of their questions and provide options for relief. If at that point the client wished to retain my services then we will enter into a formal retainer agreement and I will be on their case. If the person is just seeking information or wants to wait to make a decision then we will part ways, I will save the information and the appointment will be completely complimentary. You will not get that type of service from cheap bankruptcy lawyers.