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Filing for bankruptcy is a difficult process. It is very demanding not only physically but emotionally as well. Thus, it is important to have the right attorney to guide you from start to finish. However, searching for the right attorney is in itself difficult and intimidating. To help you out, here are some questions you need to ask. Make sure all your questions and concerns are addressed.

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Essential questions to ask your bankruptcy attorney

Essential Questions to Ask Your Bankruptcy Attorney

Summary:

Filing for bankruptcy is a difficult process. It is very demanding not only physically but

emotionally as well. Thus, it is important to have the right attorney to guide you from start

to finish. However, searching for the right attorney is in itself difficult and intimidating. To

help you out, here are some questions you need to ask. Make sure all your questions and

concerns are addressed.

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If you are thinking about filing for bankruptcy, there are many factors that need to be

considered. During this very difficult time, it is critical that you hire an experienced

Baltimore bankruptcy attorney who can guide you all throughout the process.

Fortunately, most attorneys offer a free initial consultation which gives you the opportunity

to meet with a number of attorneys in person. That way you can determine who you feel

most comfortable working with. When meeting with each attorney, you want to find out

who is the most qualified among them and also one you are at ease with. He needs to let

you know what to expect and whether your decision to file for bankruptcy is the best

option.

Below are a few questions that you can ask the attorney during your initial consultation:

1. Should I file for bankruptcy?

Your chosen Baltimore bankruptcy lawyer or attorney should be able to explain

both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies and offer you some

recommendations and options based on your situation. The recommendations

should also be backed up with why or why you should not file for bankruptcy. That

way it can give you a solid overall picture of what options you have in store before

proceeding with the next step.

2. What are the advantages of filing for bankruptcy?

Depending on your situation, the attorney should give you a clear and full detailed

explanation of the benefits and how they would vary depending on whether you

choose to file for a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

3. What are the disadvantages of filing for bankruptcy?

Just because you are filing for bankruptcy does not mean that you will be clear

from your debts and everything will all be good. The attorney should also let you

know about the consequences of filing for bankruptcy.


Essential questions to ask your bankruptcy attorney

4. What information is needed to start the process?

To avoid a dismissed bankruptcy case, you want to make sure you have all of your

financials and paperwork in order. Your attorney will provide you with a detailed list

of all the information required for your case.

5. Who will come with me to court?

Going to court can be nerve-wrecking for a bankruptcy filer. For this reason, you

will want your attorney who has been handling your case right by your side, so it

is important that you ask the question up front. There might be a chance that an

attorney from the same firm could go with you to court, but you want to make sure

that he/she has been briefed on your case and will serve as a good representative

for your primary attorney. If there would be such an arrangement, the attorney

should discuss this with you in advance.

6. How much of your practice is devoted to bankruptcy cases?

When you walk into a bankruptcy attorney’s office, you automatically assume that

their specialty practice is on bankruptcy cases only; however, it is not always the

case. Some attorneys who practice bankruptcy law also practice divorce or

personal injury law. Ideally, you would want to work with someone who devotes

most of his practice on bankruptcy law and has been doing it for at least three

years.

7. How do I keep in touch with you?

Some attorneys are more accessible by phone while others are better off by email.

During this very difficult process, the last thing you want is to have an attorney

whom you cannot contact or will not return any of your messages in a timely

fashion. If you feel more comfortable speaking with your attorney over the phone,

but replies to you via email, that attorney might not be the best choice for you. Set

the stage for the kind of correspondence you both can have so that you will be at

ease and not have another source of stress.

8. How much is the fee?

The average cost when filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection is usually around

$1,500 according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. That should be

able to cover the federal filing fee and the attorney fees. However, it is always best

to ask the attorney.

When hiring a Baltimore bankruptcy attorney, it is important to do your research and ask

the right questions in order to have the best one to represent you through such a difficult


Essential questions to ask your bankruptcy attorney

process. Your attorney should not be hesitant in answering your questions and concerns.

During the entire process, you certainly want to feel comfortable with the attorney

handling your case.


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