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How to Hire a New York City Bankruptcy Lawyer

For those in financial trouble, bankruptcy can provide a fresh start and some much-needed peace of mind. If you’re thinking of declaring bankruptcy, you need to make sure that your case is handled correctly. You need the skill and advice of a New York City bankruptcy lawyer to help you through the legal process. This article will explain some ways to find an attorney, and the questions you should ask to find the right one.

Finding a New York City Bankruptcy Lawyer

Finding the right lawyer may seem difficult, but there are two easy ways to get started.

One way to find an attorney is to ask your family, friends or colleagues. Chances are that someone you know has experience with a bankruptcy attorney and can offer a personal recommendation. No case is the same and not everyone works well with the same attorney. Be sure to ask some additional questions about the case and the lawyer:

  • Was it a New York City Chapter 7 bankruptcy or a New York City Chapter 11 bankruptcy?
  • Was it easy to work with the attorney?
  • Did the attorney offer good advice and a clear strategy?
  • Were the legal fees reasonable?

If you can’t find a recommendation, would like some other names or want to find an attorney privately, Attorneys.com can help. From Suffolk County to Staten Island, we can find a New York City bankruptcy lawyer in your area quickly, easily and confidentially. We’ve made the process very simple. Use the online form at the top of Attorneys.com or call 1-877-913-7222. Answer some short questions, and we’ll give you the contact information for at least one bankruptcy attorney in your area. You’ll have the option to call the attorney yourself, or the attorney will contact you within two business days.

The Initial Consultation

Your bankruptcy is an important and personal issue, and your attorney must advise and represent you well. Now that you have some suggestions, how do you find the right New York City bankruptcy lawyer?

It’s a good idea to have an initial consultation with each attorney on your list. The consultation is a no-obligation meeting between you and an attorney you may hire. During the consultation, you’ll be able to ask questions, show your case to the attorney and get a legal opinion. It’s the ideal time to:

  • Find out about the attorney’s experience and law practice
  • Learn about bankruptcy and the pros and cons of your case
  • Get a sense of how you will work personally with the attorney
  • Express any special needs or concerns, for example, if your home is already in foreclosure or you’ve had an item repossessed

Call the attorneys on your list and arrange a consultation with each. When you call, ask if there is a charge for the meeting. Most consultations are free, but you should confirm with the office.

Bring any documents that will help the attorney understand your case. These include financial records, paystubs, a list of creditors, and any legal or collection papers you’ve received. Also bring a pen and paper—your consultation notes will be very helpful when it’s time to decide on an attorney.

Qualities to Look for in a Bankruptcy Lawyer

Before each consultation, make a list of questions to ask the attorney. Focus on the questions that will help you decide if this is the right New York City bankruptcy lawyer for you. Some helpful question topics are:

  • The attorney’s experience with New York City Chapter 7 bankruptcy and New York City Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • The attorney’s knowledge of the federal bankruptcy court in your area, and the judges and administration of that court
  • The legal fees, hourly rate and expenses
  • The strategy the attorney has for your case

Additionally, try to get a feel for how you will work with the attorney. Do you have confidence in him? Will you be able to work well with him for the duration of your case? Does he explain the law and your case clearly?

Hiring an Attorney

When your consultations are done, look over your notes. If one attorney stands out in your mind, he may be your choice.

If you can't decide or need more information on a particular lawyer, don’t be afraid to ask for client references. Contact the lawyer and request the names of clients that can tell you about their experience. The opinion of past clients can be very helpful in your decision.

Do whatever you need to be confident in your choice of New York City bankruptcy attorney. When you’ve decided, contact that attorney and move ahead with your case.

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