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Bankruptcy Attorney & Consultation

Hiring a good attorney to assist you with your bankruptcy can make a difficult situation less stressful. Here are some tips to help you choose an attorney and prepare for your consultation:

Choosing a Bankruptcy Attorney

Just like doctors or insurance agents, many attorneys specialize in a particular legal field. A lawyer who works mainly in the area of bankruptcy will have the most expertise and up-to-date information.

  • Online

The internet is a great source of information and an easy way to get connected with local businesses and in this case, local bankruptcy attorneys. You can get match with an attorney in your area by simply filing out the form here on our site.

Fill out the form on the right to get in touch with a bankruptcy attorney.

  • Telephone Book

The yellow pages usually lists local attorneys under the subheading of bankruptcy. This will help you find a lawyer located near your home or office.

  • Referrals

If you've used an attorney in the past, ask them for a referral to a good bankruptcy lawyer. Friends and family can be a source for recommendations. You can also check the American Board of Certification (the national certification board for bankruptcy and creditors' attorneys) on the Internet.

  • Consultation

After finding a few promising firms, make appointments for initial consultations. There's nothing like one-on-one interviews to get a feel for an attorney. Get a free consultation by an attorney in your area by filing out this form on form on the right.

Preparation

Once you've chosen a bankruptcy attorney, expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1500 for their services, depending on your area. Some firms will make payment arrangements, but most prefer to collect the full amount prior to going before the bankruptcy trustee.

Once a bankruptcy is filed, all credit legal action as well as harassing phone calls will cease. Therefore, it makes sense to bring all your applicable information with you to your initial meeting with the attorney.

The following list includes information that most bankruptcy lawyers will need:

  • Personal Information
    Name
    Address (any previous addresses)
    Phone Number
    Social Security Number
    Birth Date for all filers and dependents
    Current Employment and past Employment History
    If Self Employed - Information on your business

  • Monthly Income and Expenses
    Net Income
    Spouse's Net Income
    Child Support
    Social Security Benefits
    Unemployment
    Spousal Support
    Other Income

  • Monthly non-Discretionary Expenses - After Bankruptcy
    Child Support Payments
    Spousal Support Payments
    Child Care
    Medical Expenses

  • Monthly Discretionary Expenses - After Bankruptcy
    Housing - rent/mortgage
    Taxes/fees
    Utilities--telephone, cable/satellite, gas, electricity, water
    Furniture, etc.
    Personal Expenses - dining, entertainment, gifts, contributions, allowances
    Non-recoverable Medical Expenses - prescriptions, dental
    Living Expenses - food, laundry, toiletries, clothing etc.
    Transportation Costs - car payment, repairs, maintenance, gas, public transportation
    Insurance Expenses - vehicle, house, life insurance

  • Assets - Location, Best estimate of Present Value and Information regarding:
    Cash/Bank Accounts
    Household Furniture/Collectibles
    Retirement Savings Plans
    Loans Due to You
    Cash Value of Insurance Policies
    Savings Plans/Bonds/Stocks/Shares
    Clothing, Medical Aids, Jewelry
    Estimated Tax Refund
    Real Estate
    Cars/Motorcycles (need model and serial number)
    Motorized Vehicles/Boat/Trailer
    Tools of Trade
    Other Assets

  • Liabilities
    List all debts, including secured debts, medical and utilities. Include name, full address, account number and estimate of amount owing.
    (Bring in most recent statements if available)
    Include any debts with you as guarantor or co-signer

  • General Information regarding:
    Assets you have sold, disposed of or transferred in the last 12 months
    Assets seized within the last 12 months
    Assets you expect to receive (money or property) within the next 12 months



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