High quality bankruptcy attorneys like The McCormick Firm PC do not come cheap, and for good reason: their services are almost always beneficial to those who purchase them. Lawyers in general have a hefty price tag, but when you’re dealing with debt settlement you’re probably not working with a whole lot of money anyway. That’s why we have included a few tips for finding the right bankruptcy attorney, so that you don’t waste what little money you do have.
Pros vs. Cons – There are all sorts of pros and cons that come along with choosing a bankruptcy lawyer from a large, successful firm and choosing one from a smaller, less known firm. Obviously your fees are going to be higher at the larger firm, but that’s probably for good reason, hence their existence as a large firm. It is possible to find competent, trustworthy attorneys at smaller firms, but make sure you do your due diligence before hiring them.
State Bar Association – Speaking of due diligence, it’s a good idea to check out your state’s bar association website. These sites list the various bankruptcy lawyers (and other lawyers for that matter) in your state that practice law. They also review complaints from clients, so if they firm you are looking at has had several complaints, move on.
Free Consultation? – Most lawyers that are confidant in their abilities as legal representatives will offer potential clients the opportunity to speak with them for free. This may sound like a no-brainer to some, but there are attorneys out there that still charge for an initial consultation. If you stumble upon one of these, you may want to steer clear as you can find excellent lawyers that offer free services in the beginning.
On a side note, if your gut instinct tells you to “abandon ship” on a particular lawyer or law firm, you may as well do so. You can always come back if you find that your gut was wrong.