Collecting unpaid debt is a complicated process with many rules and requirements to follow. A lawyer can make sure all of your options are explored and protect your rights. The attorney you hire matters when you are a creditor. How do you make sure you hire the right attorney?
Your attorney should be an advocate for you. This means your attorney will put your interests first and make sure you understand all of your legal options before making a decision. Some of the services your lawyer should provide include:
- Review all documents related to your debt collection or a debtor’s bankruptcy filing
- Determine deadlines and take appropriate action in a timely manner
- Provide updates as necessary about the status of the case
An additional step to take before you hire an attorney is to review the lawyer’s case results and reputation to see if he or she has a proven track record in representing creditors. You may want to review the attorney’s ratings on Martindale-Hubbell and Super Lawyers. In addition to their case results and reputation, your attorney should have experience representing creditors in bankruptcy-related cases.
Once you’ve made a decision on who to hire, arrange a consultation to meet with the lawyer. This meeting will allow you to see if the lawyer the right fit for you when it comes to professionalism, communication style and other characteristics. You may want to ask why they started practicing bankruptcy law and why they represent creditors in these cases. This will help you learn more about the attorney and will hopefully help you hire the right legal counsel.