Declaring bankruptcy can be a stressful and emotional process, which is why most debtors choose to have an attorney by their side. Yet some attorney-client relationships can go sour before the paperwork is even filed. The following are some situations when one may want to consider switching to another bankruptcy lawyer.
When Your Calls Aren’t Answered
Attorney-client communication is essential for successful bankruptcy filings. If your lawyer is not returning your calls, start calling around to other legal practices. No client has to settle for an unresponsive and unhelpful legal advocate before, during, and after declaring bankruptcy. In the event that your attorney is ignoring your case, you may also have grounds to file a complaint with the state bar association.
When You Require Different Expertise
Not all bankruptcy lawyers are experts in the same things. Some attorneys can practice primarily with Chapter 13, and may not know much about the logistics of Chapter 7 (or vice versa). Do not hesitate to change lawyers when it becomes clear that your initial attorney is unsure of what he or she is doing.
When You Move
This tip may seem straightforward, but some bankruptcy attorneys may still want to represent you after a move. While the bankruptcy code is the same for all 50 states, the Chapter 7 means that the regulations may be different in your new home. In the event that you move to another county or state, consider switching to a local attorney to ensure that you take advantage of all regional tax breaks.
Individuals in the Chicago, Aurora, or Schaumburg areas looking to hire a new bankruptcy lawyer should consider the law firm of Cutler & Associates. Our staff has been helping Illinois residents through bankruptcy proceedings for more than two decades. We are skilled in both Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 filings, and will always return calls in a timely manner.