Bankruptcy is a difficult time and you need to meticulously plan for everything. Hiring the wrong attorney can make matters worse. Finding the right lawyer to file for bankruptcy is essential to help you and your business. Before you browse the Internet for the best bankruptcy attorney, here are some things you need to look out for before hiring an attorney.
Experience in Relevant Field
Let’s start with the most obvious: Look for a lawyer with years of experience in managing bankruptcy cases. The important thing to consider is years of experience may not always mean this particular lawyer will be a good choice. Instead, look for a competent bankruptcy attorney who has years of experience in dealing with different types of bankruptcy cases. If an attorney has more experience in winning Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases (and if your bankruptcy is around the lines of Chapter 7) but not Chapter 13 or Chapter 11, then the best choice would be to choose the one with more experience in Chapter 7 cases.
When you need an experienced bankruptcy attorney, it is essential to consider how accessible he/she is. Check the availability of the lawyer by booking an appointment. If he/she were too busy, they would probably let you know if they are taking on any new cases.
When you need to hire a bankruptcy lawyer, make sure they have malpractice insurance. If they don’t, find a lawyer who has. It’s important to keep in mind the insurance provides protection for the lawyer and not the client.
Ask Other Business Owners and Legal Professionals
To help you find the right lawyer for your bankruptcy case, you should ask other business owners and legal professionals for recommendations. If someone has already worked with a competent bankruptcy attorney, ask them for contact information of that lawyer. You should observe other bankruptcy lawyers in court and see how they handle the case. If you like any particular lawyer, you may ask him/her to represent you in court regarding your bankruptcy case.
Asking different questions from your potential bankruptcy attorney is the best way to determine if a particular lawyer is right for you. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you have regarding the lawyer’s qualification, experience, the toughest case they may have ever handled, and most importantly, ask about their accessibility to you during bankruptcy filing proceedings.
If you wish to know more about filing for bankruptcy in Illinois or speak with an experienced bankruptcy and real estate attorney, contact the offices of Covert Marrero Covert LLP at (630) 717-2783 and schedule a free consultation session.