If you’re considering filing for bankruptcy, you should find a lawyer to represent you who meets a few specific criteria. Choosing qualified representation establishes a good attorney-client relationship and can help you resolve your case successfully. After shaking hands with your attorney for the first time, here is what to look for.
What to Expect From Your Bankruptcy Lawyer
1. Knowledge of Subject Matter
Your bankruptcy attorney should have extensive legal knowledge about the types of debt relief available. Ideally, your lawyer should have experience with similar cases so they can clearly explain what debt solution options are right for you—including whether it’s appropriate to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
2. Sound Advice
You should expect the legal advice you receive to take into account the current laws, recent court rulings, and legislative trends. To make a sound recommendation, a lawyer should rely on their practice experience and legal knowledge, but they should also investigate their client’s specific circumstances.
3. Accurate and Complete Document Preparation
Bankruptcy petitions and supporting documents must be prepared accurately and truthfully. You must provide full, correct, and honest information about your debts, assets, and financial status. Your lawyer then assembles that data into a petition. Before filing, your lawyer will present the petition and accompanying schedules to you for final review and signing.
4. Effective Representation in Court
Before attending court for the creditor’s meeting, your attorney should explain the procedure and the questions you may be asked. The lawyer is your advocate—obligated to assert your rights and ensure you receive the full benefit of the bankruptcy laws, including the discharge of eligible debts.
If you are facing mounting debt, The Law Office of Christopher J. Swatosh, LLC can help. Backed by more than 20 years of experience, this law firm’s dedicated attorneys offer sound advice and effective representation in and outside of bankruptcy court. Offices conveniently located in both Ava and Ozark, MO, make it easy to meet with a skilled lawyer about resolving your financial matters. Visit them online to learn more about bankruptcy and call (417) 683-2987 in Ava or (417) 582-5297 in Ozark and schedule a consultation.