Finding an Indiana Bankruptcy Attorney
Choosing to file for bankruptcy is a big step. You will also need to receive credit counseling from an authorized Indiana legal counseling agency within a six month period prior to filing. Bankruptcy laws are complex and representing yourself is not advisable because you may jeopardize your rights. You need to make sure that the right forms are filed and you file in the right federal court jurisdiction. Your first step should be to consult with an experienced Indiana bankruptcy attorney.
Where to Find the Attorney
The best way to find an Indiana bankruptcy attorney is through a referral from a friend, family member or another attorney. You can also call the Indiana State Bar and get a name of a bankruptcy attorney or visit their website. The Bar Association has a list of pro bono attorneys and attorneys that volunteer their legal services that you may be able to get legal help from in Indiana at reduced fees on their website at: http://apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/probono/directory/indiana-content.html.
Interviewing Your Attorney
It is a good idea to interview a few attorneys. At the initial consultation, you can get to know the attorney and ask questions. Here are some questions that you should ask:
- How long your Indiana bankruptcy attorney has been practicing?
- Does the attorney’s practice consist of mainly bankruptcy law or what percentage of their practice covers bankruptcy?
- How many other attorneys are in the practice and what other practice areas does the firm handle?
- What type of services will be performed?
- What are the fees and costs involved?
- Who will be performing the work, associates, paralegals, legal assistants, etc.?
- How long will it take to file and complete the bankruptcy discharge?
- How often does the attorney communicate with clients and in what manner?
- What type of technology does the firm use?
- General questions about the bankruptcy process.
If you are concerned about the fees and costs, you may qualify for legal aid assistance from the legal aid society or attorneys that offer pro bono services. Try and ask as many questions as you can during the initial interview process so you can educate yourself about the process and determine if you like the attorney and can work with that person.
Determining the Right Indiana Attorney to Hire
An important factor in choosing the right bankruptcy attorney is to hire an Indiana attorney that specializes in bankruptcy matters. Bankruptcy is a highly specialized practice area. You may not want to jeopardize your rights by using someone who is not familiar with the bankruptcy laws in Indiana and in general the federal bankruptcy laws. The second important criteria in choosing a bankruptcy attorneys is to determine whether you can get along and work with the attorney and whether you have trust and confidence in their ability to get the job done and obtain the results you want.