Bankruptcy Law, The Internet, and The Consumer

02 Feb Bankruptcy Law, The Internet, and The Consumer

If you’re visiting this site, you’ve probably got tons of questions about how bankruptcy works, what do you have to do to file bankruptcy, and fundamentally, should you file bankruptcy. It’s knowledge each of us hoped not to need in our lives.

This site cannot take the place of an experienced bankruptcy lawyer. It can help you come to the meeting with a lawyer with some basics under your belt and a good list of questions about how bankruptcy law intersects with your financial life.

As you read through the posts, look for issues, about assets, about exemptions, about recent financial events, that might be important in your case. After all, the bar examination that all lawyers take to gain admittance to the bar is far more about spotting the issues in a fact pattern than it is about memorizing the law that applies to those issues.

Resist the temptation to take a bit of knowledge, gleaned on the internet, and assume that it applies to your situation. For every rule in the law, there is an exception, and for every fact stated in a post, there may be three or four unstated facts that drive the result. More about law on the internet.

Be prepared to disclose everything about your financial situation to your lawyer. Your lawyer can’t protect you from issues you conceal. What your bankruptcy lawyer can’t fix.

Use the background you get here to help you get the most out of your bankruptcy lawyer.

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Cathy Moran, Esq.

I'm a certified specialist in bankruptcy law (California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization) practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years. In addition to practicing bankruptcy law, I train new practitioners at Bankruptcy Mastery.
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