How to Communicate with Your Bankruptcy Lawyer

I posted an article entitled “Learn to Communicate with Your Bankruptcy Attorney” yesterday online. It was about the problems both clients and bankruptcy lawyers sometimes have in communicating their needs and work related responsibilities to each other. Today, I want to share with you how I think you can best communicate with your bankruptcy lawyer what your needs are when facing bankruptcy.

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Realize Bankruptcy Lawyers have a Specific Job to Do

Before I begin making suggestions on what you should do to express you financial needs to a bankruptcy lawyer, I want you to first understand that bankruptcy lawyers have a specific job to do.

Bankruptcy laws are often complicated, and lawyers are held to the highest legal standards by most District Bankruptcy Courts in doing their jobs. They cannot legally cut corners for you, and you shouldn’t ever expect them to just because you are in financial need.

Bankruptcy lawyers have families and expenses of their own, and they need to get paid for the work they do. The old adage that “you get what you pay for” may hold up to be true in many bankruptcy lawyer cases. If you try to get a lawyer as cheap as you can, you may inadvertently be asking your lawyer to do things for prices they cannot afford to do. They are human and want to help you out of your financial dilemma, but it costs money to do that.

Ways on How to Effectively Communicate with a Bankruptcy Lawyer

Here are some ways you might effectively communicate your financial needs to a bankruptcy lawyer:

  • Research, research, research. Before you ever visit a bankruptcy lawyer, research bankruptcy laws online in bankruptcy forum websites. The information you gather about bankruptcy law will help you ask the right questions to lawyers when you go to your first consultation.

  • Consult with more than one lawyer. It is neither immoral or improper to shop for a legal consultant. Each bankruptcy lawyer has their own personality, experience, legal cost and specialization in bankruptcy law. Call in advance to set up an appointment and make sure the first consultation is free for the benefit of discovery. Usually, 3 to 5 lawyer visits should be sufficient to find a bankruptcy lawyer that meets your financial needs, meets your expectations, and someone you are comfortable around.

  • Learn everything you can about your financial needs. Go to a bankruptcy lawyer on your first visit with all the financial information he or she will ever need to help you file for bankruptcy protection. That means you should know where every penny goes that you spend, every penny you earn, every account you have that holds pennies, and every asset you own. You will also need to know whether or not you stand to inherit anything in the future or if you feel things are fixing to change for you financially.

  • Organize, organize, organize! I cannot emphasize this enough. You need to be organized in your presentation to your lawyer even on the first visit. Know your financial needs and organize them. Organize your questions to the lawyers, write them down, and ask them in order. Record the answers, learn from one lawyer to the next and adjust your questions.

Learning how to communicate with a bankruptcy lawyer is very important in avoiding missed communications between the two of you. If you learn how to communicate with your legal representative, your bankruptcy might go much smoother than you expect.

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