30 Jan Your Bankruptcy Lawyer And You – The Interview
As a Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyer who regularly meets with individuals about their financial issues, I always treat the initial interview as if I am applying for a job. Yes, that is correct. The Client is actually hiring the bankruptcy lawyer, so why should I treat the initial interview as anything else. After all, they are hopefully going to hire me.
Before ever getting to the initial interview, the client has to make several decisions. First, how do they find an attorney. While many people are referred to a bankruptcy lawyer by friends or relatives, some people are not so lucky. This is where you have to do your homework. If you read the bankruptcy law network blog regularly, you know how to find one. But, for those who spend their time doing other – shall we say less important – things, my colleague Jay Fleischman, made it easy.
So now, you have an appointment set: What do you do next? You prepare for the interview right?
You gather as much information as you can. Hopefully, the bankruptcy lawyer has forwarded you a client intake sheet, a frequently asked questions page and a little bit more information about themselves. This is for your mutual benefit. The bankruptcy attorney wants you to look over the information before you come in. Bankrupty has it’s own lingo, and sometimes bankruptcy attorneys drift off into a different language. If so, please stop them and say: Please come back to earth. At the same time, you should want to know a little about the firm you are interviewing and the subject about which you will be speaking.
If the attorney has not sent anything to you, you may want to do a little homework on your own, but in my opinion, that is strike one.
Remember, you are seeking to get the most out of this time. You want to be educated, informed and ready to discuss your finances. So, it is very important that you, the potential client, can help sort out the details. You want the attorney to be fully informed, so that he or she can give you the best advice possible.
Upon arriving at the Bankrupty Attorney’s office, you again need to have your antenna’s up. What is your overall opinion of the office, staff, location, etc. The Attorney works there on a daily basis, and does not usually have the ability to walk in with a unique perspective. You do, and you should be looking at the details. If the office is neat, organized and you are warmly greeted, we are off to a good start.
Once the interview takes place, you should not be interrupted. The only interruption should be if there is an absolute emergency. This is your time to spend together, it was scheduled and should not be interrupted.
Once the interview is completed, you will need to make a decision. Is this the bankruptcy attorney for me? If yes, great? If not, keep looking, as there are alot of fish in the sea.
I hope this helps.
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