To minimize the stress associated with filing bankruptcy, it is important to pick a lawyer that has the experience and expertise to advise you and guide you through the process. A true professional will:
- act in your best interest
- give you undivided loyalty
- will be able to make the process as painless as possible
Heed the saying: “You think hiring an expert is expensive, try hiring an amateur.” Do not base your decision on price alone. It may cost you more in the long run, not to mention the stress of not working with an expert is priceless.
So, how can you tell the expert bankruptcy lawyers from the hacks. Here are a few things to consider as you vet your future bankruptcy lawyer:
Memberships & Certifications
Membership in organizations like the American Bankruptcy Institute indicate that the lawyer is committed to the practice of bankruptcy and stays current with the latest regulations to provide the most competent representation. True professionals are committed to growing their knowledge and expertise to better serve their clients.
Additionally, verify whether the attorney is board certified in consumer and/or bankruptcy law. Jim Cossitt is board certified in both Business and Consumer Bankruptcy law and is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, among others.
Meet with a few lawyers to get a feel for whether they will be able to handle your case. An ethical lawyer will discuss non-bankruptcy options and alternative solutions to your debts problems (if there are other options.) The lawyer should help you understand all your option so you don’t make a choice you will regret.
A face-to-face meeting, during an initial consultation, will help clue you in to whether the lawyer has a passion for their profession. You want a bankruptcy attorney who has the motivation to look out for your best interests.
Your lawyer should take the time to listen to you and show a commitment to helping you meet your goals. The right bankruptcy lawyer will show a willingness to work with you to meet those goals and ask the right questions.
Most importantly, you must be comfortable with your bankruptcy lawyer. Lawyering is a relationship based on trust and confidence. These are qualities that cannot be quantified. Often, if certifications, experience and expertise are all equal, you just have to go on your gut feeling.
Finding a bankruptcy lawyer with the right combination of experience, expertise, character and professionalism may seem like a challenge, but once you find the right lawyer, you can move forward assured that you are working with a bankruptcy attorney you can trust.
Contact Cossitt Law at (406) 752-5616 to set up a consultation.