I recently conducted the interview above with an online marketing company to discuss how a consumer can find the best Seattle Bankruptcy Attorney that will best meet their needs.
The search to find a bankruptcy attorney that you will be happy with can be stressful, although it doesn’t have to be. Here are some pointers that you can use to help you in your search.
(1) The most surefire way to find a bankruptcy lawyer to assist you is to ask your friends and family to see if they know of anybody who can assist you. Knowing somebody who has gone through the process smoothly can help alleviate stress and fears about what to expect. It can also help you feel confident that the person you are paying to assist you with your filing is going to do a good job and make sure that all of your questions are answered throughout the entire process.
(2) If you don’t know of anybody who has been through the chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy process, your next best resource in my opinion would be the internet. The Internet provides an online forum for consumers to review many different businesses including bankruptcy law firms through many different sites such as Google, Avvo, and Yelp. Although most reviews probably depict an accurate accounting of the services offered, it should be noted that most people post reviews when they are upset about something and not when exceptional service has been performed on a daily basis. I would suggest looking at all of the reviews and take negative reviews lightly if they seem to be an outlier from the other reviews given. Also make sure the reviewer was actually a client rather than somebody just posting a review without actually going through the process.
(3) Finally if you don’t like what you are seeing online you could always go go through your local bar association, such as the king county bar association, to ask for referrals through their referral service. Attorneys pay an annual fee to be a part of this referral service and there is no screening process to know what you are going to get.
In my personal opinion I feel that clients are best served by going with a smaller law firm or solo who can give you and your case the attention that you deserve. A larger firm may take weeks if not months to gather the proper documents and get them ready to file, whereas a solo or small firm can get the information they need immediately and the filing time will be up to you depending on how fast you get the requested information to your attorney.
If you have any additional questions feel free to call me at 206-682-7975