Bankruptcy Lawyer | How to Choose a Bankruptcy Lawyer

Bankruptcy Lawyer  | If you have bankruptcy looming, you may be tempted to go it alone. You may be in financial straits, and the thought of hiring a lawyer at this time seems impractical. However, if you do not file the paperwork correctly, the process will become even more stressful and your case may be delayed. It is far less of a risk to hire an expert to help you through the process. As you do, keep these tips in mind.

First, choose a bankruptcy lawyer with plenty of experience. Do not choose a lawyer with just experience practicing law, but rather find one with experience in bankruptcy law. The laws, change, so your lawyer needs to be up to date. Also, an experienced bankruptcy attorney will have relationships with the local trustees and judges, which will help your cause.

Of course, you also want to look at the cost of the attorney. While lawyers in general are expensive, you can find an attorney in Bakersfield and Kern County whose fees are reasonable. Make sure your lawyer is clear with you as to what services are provided for the fee that you pay.

Find a lawyer that offers a free initial consultation. This will give you the chance to meet the attorney. Go to this meeting with questions about the bankruptcy process. If you feel comfortable, you have probably found a good attorney. Never choose a lawyer who makes you feel uncomfortable, no matter how good his credentials are. You will be working with this person on your own personal finances, so you need to be comfortable. Make sure that the lawyer gives you attention and does not make you feel rushed. You do not want him to be rushing through your paperwork as you file for bankruptcy, because errors can be harmful.

Finally, makes sure the lawyer offers a contract that you can understand. Never sign something unless you both understand and agree to it. The contract should tell you exactly what the lawyer will do.


Our office can assist you in determining whether bankruptcy is the right choice for you, and which chapter under the Bankruptcy Code would provide you with the most relief.  To schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable Bakersfield bankruptcy lawyer about filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Kern County, please call our office today at 661-888-4335 .