Reasons to hire an attorney for your bankruptcy case

23 Apr Reasons to hire an attorney for your bankruptcy case

You can file a bankruptcy case without an attorney.  But you’d be giving up a lot.  Here are just a few of the things a lawyer can do to help you with your bankruptcy case:

  • Once you hire a lawyer, creditors must stop calling you – otherwise, they are violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Your lawyer will help to identify consumer protection claims and other rights to which you might be entitled
  • Your lawyer will be sure that you list all your assets and liabilities
  • Your lawyer will make sure that you haven’t done something which would prevent you from getting a discharge
  • Your lawyer can help you plan to maximize your exemptions
  • Your lawyer can explain the different bankruptcy chapters and make sure you select the best one for you.
  • Your lawyer can prevent you from making mistakes which could cost you thousands of dollars or loss of assets you rely upon for living.
  • Your lawyer can help you redeem personal property, like a car, from secured debts at a fraction of the original debt
  • Your lawyer can answer sticky questions from the bankruptcy trustee or the US Trustee’s office.
  • Your lawyer will make sure that you don’t lose your discharge for failure to take a financial management course.

Your lawyer’s services will cost you a fraction of the debts you will discharge through your bankruptcy.  You’ll find your attorney’s fee to be money well spent.

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Jay S. Fleischman is a bankruptcy lawyer with offices in Los Angeles and New York. He can often be found on Google+ and Twitter, where he shares information about consumer protection issues and personal finance.
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