What Does a Bankruptcy Attorney Do?
Avoid Costly Mistakes with a Bankruptcy Attorney
Bankruptcy cases are complicated and can involve a lot of paperwork and a lot of deadlines. On top of that, bankruptcy can be scary and add a tremendous amount of stress to your life. There are a lot of steps involved in the bankruptcy process – which is why one of the leading books on how to file bankruptcy is 550 pages long! A person has every right to file a bankruptcy on their own, but in doing so, they assume the risk of perhaps leaving something out, overlooking a step, not filing the right document with the correct information, not submitting the right form to the right people at the right time…and any one of these can pose all sorts of unexpected problems and get the bankruptcy case dismissed by the court.
How a Bankruptcy Attorney Can Help
That is where a bankruptcy attorney comes in. Bankruptcy attorneys can provide you with sound legal advice and will handle all of the paperwork from start to finish. They possess the competence and skill levels necessary to handle a variety of bankruptcy cases. The contract that you and your attorney sign will outline the specific services your bankruptcy attorney will provide but an important part of a bankruptcy attorney’s job is to provide you with competent advice throughout the bankruptcy process.
Determine Which Chapter of Bankruptcy is Right for You
A bankruptcy attorney can tell you whether filing for bankruptcy would be in your best interest and will also assist you in determining whether Chapter 7, Chapter 13 or another bankruptcy chapter will help you achieve your financial goals. They will also tell you what you can expect during the bankruptcy process, whether your case involves any particular difficulties or risks, and more importantly, they will respond to your calls or emails promptly to answer any of your questions.
Properly Prepare and File Your Bankruptcy Paperwork
A bankruptcy attorney will prepare and file your paperwork with the court after you provide your attorney with all of your financial, personal and asset-related information. They will also go over the completed paperwork with you to ensure accuracy. A perk of hiring an experienced bankruptcy attorney to file your case is that they will make sure to file all forms and documents promptly and meet required bankruptcy deadlines.
Represent You at Hearings and Other Court Proceedings
After filing for bankruptcy, all debtors must attend a mandatory hearing called the 341 meeting of creditors. However, depending on your case, you (or your attorney) may need to attend additional hearings. A bankruptcy attorney can represent you at Chapter 13 confirmation hearings, Chapter 7 reaffirmation hearings, and any other motion or objection hearings filed by you, your creditors, or the trustee. In most cases, your bankruptcy attorney will be able to advise you about the hearings you can anticipate attending.
Saves You Time and Money
Many people who try to file bankruptcy on their own are trying to save money, but they don’t account for all the time they will spend filling out forms, tracking down information, sitting on hold on the phone, and trying to make sense of the instructions. Experienced bankruptcy attorneys can help ease the process and get your financial life back on track.
Contact One of Arizona’s Leading Bankruptcy and Tax Law Firms
As one of Arizona’s leading bankruptcy and tax law firms, Mr. Pew and his team at The Pew Law Center are proud to have helped more than 2,000 people file bankruptcy. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, please call the Pew Law Center today for a free initial consultation.