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How to Select a San Diego Bankruptcy Attorney

You live in one of the more ideal climates on earth. And yet, if your debts have outgrown your ability to pay them, you may see nothing but bleak days on the horizon. It’s time to talk to a San Diego bankruptcy attorney.

If this is the first time you have ever needed an attorney, you may not know where to find one. This article can show you the steps to not only finding a San Diego bankruptcy lawyer, but the right lawyer for you.

It may be helpful to start your search with a little reflection. What would the ideal bankruptcy attorney in San Diego look like? You probably want a lawyer who has:

If you keep these qualities in mind while you talk to a San Diego bankruptcy attorneys, they should help you determine which one is best for you.

Getting Names of San Diego Bankruptcy Lawyers

The next step is gathering the name or two of a bankruptcy attorney near you. There are a couple of ways to go about it.

You can ask around your family members, friends and business associates. Maybe they know a bankruptcy attorney personally.

Your friends can be even more helpful if they have hired a bankruptcy attorney in the past. If they have, ask them what they thought of the experience. Did their attorneys get them the results they wanted? Would they recommend them to a loved one?

Asking your friends may not be enough because:

  • They may not know any San Diego bankruptcy attorneys
  • They may not have liked their attorneys
  • You may just want another name for your list of candidates
  • You may prefer not to discuss your financial problems with your friends and acquaintances

This is where we come in. Attorneys.com offers a service that can connect you to a bankruptcy lawyer near you. Whether you are in Miramar or Gaslamp or any other part of town, we can put you in touch with at least one bankruptcy lawyer near you.

When you’re ready to start the process, call us at 1-877-913-7222 or complete the short form at this website. After answering a few questions, we’ll forward the name and contact information for at least one San Diego bankruptcy lawyer.

Feel free to call the lawyer at your convenience. Or, the attorney will check in with you no later than two business days.

Preparing to Meet with a San Diego Bankruptcy Attorney

Now that you’ve gathered the names of a few San Diego bankruptcy lawyers, you’re ready for the next step: The interview. Just as you would interview for a job, bankruptcy attorneys are willing to have you interview them for your business.

The first meeting is called an initial consultation, and many bankruptcy lawyers in San Diego will not charge for this meeting. Because some do charge a nominal fee, double check the cost when you call to book the appointment.

You have several options for handling your finances. There are several types of bankruptcy you could file, and there are options outside of bankruptcy. You’ll want the lawyers you meet with to speak to these options.

You can get more helpful advice the better the attorneys understand your financial situation. Give them a window into your world by bringing:

  • A list of all the property you own, including real estate and other big-ticket items (cars, jewelry, etc.)
  • A list of all your debts
  • The copy of the deed to your house, if you own one
  • Proof of your income in the form of tax returns and paycheck stubs
  • Any correspondence you have had with creditors and collectors regarding your debts

In addition, contemplate which questions you would like to ask. Write them down and bring those with you as well. Also pack some writing material so you can record the answers and any notes you want to take.

Selecting a San Diego Bankruptcy Attorney

After your initial consultations, you should have a pretty good idea which attorney would be best for you, especially if you have weighed each one against the ideal qualities you outlined above. If you have more than one strong candidate, ask them for the names and phone numbers of some former clients. Call them and ask:

  • Did your attorney work hard for you?
  • Did you like the course the attorney charted out?
  • Did you get the results you wanted?
  • Would you recommend your bankruptcy lawyer to a close friend?

The answers should point you in the direction of the very best San Diego bankruptcy attorney for you. Once you have hired your attorney, you can start working on your brighter future.

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