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How do I shop for a bankruptcy lawyer?

Asked by TPS (49points) January 26th, 2010

My SO and I had a loong discussion this evening and we decided that bankruptcy seems like the best option for us. I’ve never done anything like this, and the only lawyer I’ve ever spoken to is my brother-in-law. He’s retired and lives in another state.

How do I go about finding an attorney? Where can I get referrals or references? What questions do I ask?

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Siren's avatar

Welcome to fluther friend, and sorry you are going through this. I would definitely go with referrals myself, so maybe check out non-profit agencies in your area that help people deal with debt problems and they could guide you onto how to shop for the best lawyer. You may also want to look into women’s help organizations—they tend to offer good referrals for reputable law firms.

YARNLADY's avatar

Look for a lawyer referral service in your area. Lawyers pay a fee to be listed and are vetted by the service. If possible, see if you can find out who is most successful with bankruptcies in your local court system.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Ask the advice of a financial professional to determine if this is your only option. If it is, the financial advisor probably can steer you to a reputable legal expert.

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