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Questions To Ask Your Arizona Bankruptcy Lawyer

Arizona has been one of the hardest hit states during this depression. Unemployment rates are increasing, bankruptcies are sky rocketing, and morale is falling. With the increase in bankruptcy filings, a larger niche for bankruptcy lawyers has opened up and lawyers have rushed in to fill it. Some of these lawyers were previously specializing in other branches of law and may not be best suited to serve as your bankruptcy attorney. Unfortunately there have even been reported cases of new bankruptcy lawyers taking advantage of desperate families to make a quick buck then doing little or nothing to help their case.

After you have decided to file for bankruptcy and begin searching for an Arizona bankruptcy attorney, keep the following questions in mind. Most bankruptcy lawyers will offer a free initial consultation with no obligation. Take advantage of this free initial consultation to get to know the lawyer and decide if you feel comfortable with him/her. Then to help get a better idea if this is the Arizona bankruptcy lawyer you want handling your case, consider asking some or all of the following questions.

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1. Do I have any other options?

If you are prepared for your meeting you should have a list of all your debt, both secured and unsecured, and a list of your creditors. Given this information, your attorney will be able to discuss with you which chapter may be best to file under, or if there are possibly other options. This question will allow you to evaluate the attorney’s knowledge and skill.

2. How long have you been a bankruptcy lawyer?

This question will let you know whether the lawyer has been practicing specifically bankruptcy law or handles other types of cases as well. Just like you would rather have a dentist work on your teeth than a chiropractor, you want an attorney that specializes in bankruptcy law. There have been revisions in the bankruptcy code and you need to make sure that your attorney is up to date with the changes.

3. How much do you charge?

Now this is an important question, but should not be the deciding factor. You get what you pay for. Hiring a quality lawyer that knows the ins and outs of bankruptcy law will be of much more value to you. It is better to go with the more expensive lawyer than to hire a low quality attorney that forgets to file something or doesn’t know everything about exemption laws and loses you property. Most lawyers allow payment plans and don’t require full upfront payment. Be wary of those that do charge all up front.

By asking these questions you should get a good idea about your Phoenix AZ bankruptcy lawyer and find one that will guide you expertly through the bankruptcy process

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