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Choosing a Bankruptcy Lawyer

Bankruptcy may be a life changing event that could allow you to retake control of your finances and your life. That’s why so many people trust their cases to local bankruptcy lawyers.

In many cases, bankruptcy is a complicated process, especially if you want to take full advantage of all of the protections and debt elimination offered.

Bankruptcy attorneys, however, may help you make sense of the rules, regulations and paperwork. Your lawyer may answer your questions and explain how the laws apply to you. But it is important that you find a lawyer who you are comfortable with and who fits your needs.

You can get initial answers during a free case evaluation with a bankruptcy attorney near you. Simply complete the free form on this page or call toll-free 877-349-1309 to connect right away.

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Local Bankruptcy Laws and Local Lawyers

When it comes to choosing a bankruptcy lawyer, many people choose a local attorney, and it’s not just because of convenience.

Bankruptcy is governed by both federal and state laws. While the basic parts of the law apply nationally, each state has its own rules and requirements.

This is particularly important for anyone considering Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 exemptions are different in each state, as are the requirements to pass the means test.

Therefore, you may want to work with a lawyer who is familiar with the laws in your state and licensed to practice there.

What You Need From Your Bankruptcy Lawyer

If you decide you want to work with a local bankruptcy lawyer, what else should you look for? Here are a few things some people look for:

  • Comfort level: Are you comfortable speaking with your attorney? While you don’t have to become best friends, you may be working with your lawyer for several months or even years. This should be someone you feel you can work with. Can you be honest with this person about your needs and financial situation? Can you ask tough questions?
  • Knowledge: Are you getting complete answers to your questions? Can you understand all the elements of your case so you can make smart decisions about how to proceed?
  • Experience: Many lawyers like to tout their experience, and many people prefer to work with a lawyer who is familiar with how bankruptcy – with all its ins and outs – works.
  • Confidence: Speaking with a bankruptcy lawyer should make you feel better about your financial future. Bankruptcy is your way to regain control and get rid of debt. So after your meetings you should walk away confident that you’re taking the right steps.

While these areas are important to some people, everyone has their own needs. You’ll need to decide for yourself if a bankruptcy lawyer is a good fit for you and your case.

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