5 Essential Questions to Ask Your Bankruptcy Attorney

by DeLadurantey Law Office, LLC on June 13, 2014

attorneyIf you are considering filing a personal bankruptcy, it is important that your attorney answers all of your questions and helps you understand how the process works. Below are five important questions that you should ask your lawyer during your initial consultation:

  • Should I file for bankruptcy?

This may be the most important question you can ask. There are many debt relief options out there, so you want to understand the pros and cons of each before assuming you must file a Chapter 7 of Chapter 13. If you determine a bankruptcy filing will provide you the debt relief you need, your lawyer should fully explain the advantages and disadvantages of filing a case.

  • What is your experience in handling bankruptcy matters like mine?

Don’t assume the lawyer is experienced in handling personal bankruptcy filings. Ask the attorney what percentage of the practice is devoted to bankruptcy and how many years he/she has been practicing bankruptcy.

·         What is the best way for me to contact you?

You want to know that your lawyer is going to be accessible, whether it is by telephone or email. By asking this question, it opens a dialogue about your expectations for communication between the two of you and your expectations for timely responses.

  • Who will handle my case?

Many attorneys have paralegals that handle the majority of their clients’ case. This may be fine for your paperwork, but you want to confirm that the lawyer will be available to answer your questions and that he/she will attend court with you.

  • How much will it cost?

You need to know upfront how much the bankruptcy filing fee and attorney’s fees and expenses will be. You will also want to know what services are included in the fee. Your lawyer should provide a retainer agreement or contract for you to sign, but it is important that you fully understand the fee arrangement before hiring him/her to represent you.

Contact the “Milwaukee Bankruptcy Attorneys,” DeLadurantey Law Office, LLC.   DeLadurantey Law Office focuses on student loan debt, Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy, debtor’s rights, debt negotiations, debt relief, mortgage loan modifications, and foreclosure defense. A “defender of the little guy, DeLadurantey Law Office serves the following location – Milwaukee, South Milwaukee, West Milwaukee, Waukesha City, Waukesha Town, Kenosha, Racine, and all other municipalities in Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, Kenosha County, and Racine County. We can be contacted by phone: (414) 377-0518 and can be found on the Internet and on Facebook.


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