Making a decision to seek bankruptcy advice is usually something a person puts a lot of thought (and worry and sleepless nights) into beforehand. Finding reputable and knowledgeable counsel is a must to ensure your bankruptcy is successful.
You can’t always believe what you read about bankruptcy on the internet. Also, much of what you may find on the internet will not apply to you. Although bankruptcy is Federal Law, each district throughout the country has different local rules. The success or failure of your case can be largely dependent upon those local rules and how well your attorney knows them.
The Importance of a Face-to-Face Consultation
This is one of the reasons that a face-to-face consultation with a local attorney is tremendously important as your first step toward getting financial relief through bankruptcy. I advise that you search for an attorney who has a longstanding reputation in the community. It is important for your attorney to have a good reputation and working relationship with the court and its staff, the Trustee, and potential opposing counsel who may take part in your case. This will ensure a most successful and smooth bankruptcy process. All too often, I see the unfortunate client of an “internet lawyer” who is standing in court alone or with incompetent counsel that they have never met before.
Filing for any form of consumer bankruptcy can be overwhelming if you do not have the assistance of a good lawyer. The petition and schedules you are required to file with the court must be thorough, accurate, and follow the bankruptcy code and local rules. When you meet with an attorney face-to-face, he or she can review your documentation with you to ensure that your information is as accurate as possible.
Why In-Person Communication Matters
Many people who are having money problems are initially intimidated and scared to seek bankruptcy help. They are often worried or embarrassed, so they turn to the internet so that they don’t have to face someone. This is not in your best interest. At our Bond & Botes offices, you will be treated with kindness and dignity. It is our policy to have a warm and inviting staff who care about our clients and their needs.
Upon your initial consultation in our office, you will meet face-to-face with an attorney who will review your financial situation with you. All meetings in preparation for filing your petition will be with an attorney. Our highly trained staff is here to help as well, but we feel that you should meet with our attorneys to receive the best advice possible. We want to get to know you well in order to provide the best help possible to you. Our lawyers will literally hug you when you need it, pray with you if you want to, and you will NEVER be left in court without your counsel.
Amy K Tanner is a shareholder in several of the Bond & Botes Law Offices. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University at Montgomery, and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. She focuses primarily on consumer bankruptcy law in the Huntsville and Decatur offices.Read her full bio here.