What Qualities does your Bankruptcy Attorney need to have?
At our office, my wife , who is also a bankruptcy attorney, and I have frequently asked ourselves that question. With every phone call that we have received, every potential client whom we have met and every person that we have ushered through the bankruptcy process, we have developed and refined a short list of the qualities that a bankruptcy attorney must have to serve his clients well. We have summarized this list below:
- You have to know the law. Both of us are licensed attorneys who practice in bankruptcy exclusively. We concentrate our entire day in one area of the law and nothing else. Often we get calls from very satisfied clients asking us to help them in a non bankruptcy matter. We strive to provide guidance and referral, but we never represent any client in anything EXCEPT bankruptcy. We remind our clients that we are good in bankruptcy only because we handle bankruptcy exclusively. It is the attorney who handles everything from immigration, criminal defense, divorce law to bankruptcy who ultimately handles nothing very well.
- You also have to know the local practice. We have been practicing in Los Angeles since 1997. We are familiar with the requirements of the local codes, the local rules, and most importantly, with the different trustees who administer bankruptcy cases in this area. We know what passes muster with each trustee. We attend each creditor meeting with our clients and personally help each client with the particular questions and methods of each trustee, to ensure there are no surprises.
- You have to be humble as a person and respectful as an attorney. I have seen so very many attorneys who are fairly bursting at the seams with bravado. Nevertheless, money troubles can strike anyone, at any time. Financial matters are a fact of life we all must deal with at one time or another.
- Finally an attorney has to have the answer. It would be unethical to guarantee any legal result. But an attorney must be able to provide enough information and advice for the client to make a decision. When a client walks out of an attorney’s office more confused than when they walked in, the client needs to find another attorney.
I hope this helps you to find the right bankruptcy attorney for you. I wish you the best. If I can be of any service, do not hesitate to contact me.