Many Florida residents are no stranger to financial struggles. They might not feel as though their struggles are over once they decide to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, however. Finding an attorney can also be a challenge.
Experience makes a difference when it comes to dealing with trustees, judges and creditors. The bankruptcy process can be complex under the best circumstances. For example, if creditors decide to file objections to your discharge, the proceedings can become even more complicated.
When the number of bankruptcy filings increases here in Florida and across the country, some law firms will handle them even though it is not their primary area of law. Just because they do not handle these cases regularly does not mean they are not competent. Nevertheless, law firms who make bankruptcy a primary practice area are most likely going to be more familiar with the process and the potential roadblocks to your discharge. However, all of the experience and commitment a law firm and its staff will mean nothing if you are not comfortable with the people you will be working with and who will be representing your interests in court.
You have the right to ask questions and are not obligated to choose the first attorney with whom you meet. This is an important decision and should be taken as seriously as your decision to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Nothing less than your financial future is at stake when you file. You need to be comfortable with the attorney and staff in whose hands you are placing that future.