Questions to Ask When Meeting With an Attorney
Your initial meeting with a bankruptcy attorney, before you commit to anything, is a chance to get the information you need to make an educated decision about the next step.
During these meetings the old rule applies: There are no dumb questions. This is your chance to find out whatever you need before you commit to anything, so consider everything open for discussion.
You may want to ask questions not only about how the bankruptcy laws work, but how your attorney works. Keep in mind that the attorney does not work for the government or for your creditors. If you choose to work with a lawyer they’ll be your ally in the process. So be sure the attorney is someone you would feel comfortable working with closely.
With these goals in mind, here are some questions you may want to ask:
- Is bankruptcy a good fit for me?
- Do I have options outside of bankruptcy?
- What type of bankruptcy can I file?
- How will filing affect me?
- Can I keep my home/car and still file?
- How much will filing cost?
- As an attorney, what role will you play in the filing?
- What are the next steps you recommend I take?