How to Choose a Bankruptcy Attorney
Bankruptcy filings have been on the rise in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties over the past 3 years. As more and more people file for bankruptcy, more and more attorneys have decided to become bankruptcy attorneys. Having a knowledgeable and experience bankruptcy attorney can save you time, assets and even money. You will want to find an attorney who is familiar with the local rules in the county in which you need to file. So how do you find the right bankruptcy attorney for you?
Referral Services – Referral Services will ensure that the attorney is an experienced Bankruptcy Attorney and is insured. They will help you find an attorney near you.
Better Business Bureau – The Better Business Bureau will ensure that the Bankruptcy Attorney is experienced. You will also be able to find if there have been any complaints against this attorney.
State Bar of California – The State Bar of California will let you know how many years the Bankruptcy Attorney has been practicing law and if there have been any disciplinary actions against the Bankruptcy Attorney.
Personal Referrals – Have any of your friends or relatives had to file for Bankruptcy? Were they happy with the Bankruptcy Attorney? Would they recommend him to you?
Attend a Bankruptcy Hearing – You can attend the Bankruptcy Hearing, called the Meeting of Creditors and watch the proceedings. If your Bankruptcy is prepared correctly and all other documents are filed with the Trustee as required, the Trustee should spend very little time questioning you.
Before you hire a Bankruptcy Attorney, you should make sure that you feel comfortable with the attorney and his staff. If they pressure you to hire them, make you feel ashamed or embarrassed, maybe you should try another attorney. At Cristiano & Lillard we strongly believe that finding the right attorney is an important first step in your "Fresh Start". We offer a free initial consultation and you are always welcome to Contact us before, during and after your case.