By Charlie Brown

It is the work of your bankruptcy attorney to handle your case from start to finish as well as offer legal advice during the process. In general, the expected services from your bankruptcy lawyer will be outlined in the retainer agreement that you signed with them, but that is not all. You should expect the following from your attorney.

Adequate legal advice

As mentioned before, part of the job of your attorney is to offer you competent legal advice at all time. This means that they should be willing and ready to answer any question you may have during the entire process. If they think playing the bankruptcy card is the best option for you, then they should advise you on the following:

– The kind of bankruptcy to file
– The possible outcomes of the bankruptcy process
– How you can leverage liquidation for financial gains
– The risks and difficulties in your case
– What you can contribute to making the case succeed

Proper handling of your bankruptcy

Your attorney needs to understand all the federal bankruptcy laws, court rules in your locale as well as the procedures involved, and the local bankruptcy trustees. For instance, when handling bankruptcy El Paso, they have to understand everything within that area concerning bankruptcy. Among the things that will determine the difficulty in the handling of the bankruptcy include the type of bankruptcy filed and the facts of the case.

Keep you in the loop

The bankruptcy process may be lengthy and require a lot of things to be done. As such, your attorney should regularly update you in case of anything. For instance, your creditors may raise their concerns with your lawyer during the process, or the trustee may require more information. Such developments are supposed to come to you through your attorney.

Preparation of all the paperwork

An essential thing in a bankruptcy process is the preparation of paperwork. When left for you to handle, you can get mixed up and end up leaving something important out. That is where your attorney comes in handy. Most of the bankruptcy lawyers, if not all, have software to handle the documentation with the court. Your work will be to provide the lawyer with the information that is needed in the forms after which they will prepare the forms for presentation at the court.

Filing all documents on time

Deadlines for filing the required documents in court have seen the tossing of many cases, and bankruptcy is no exception. Your lawyer should be keen enough to file all necessary documents before a set deadline. Such deadlines usually come into play when your trustee requires additional information regarding documents. This is why your attorney should be conversant with local rules and procedures.

Representation at the hearings

After filing for bankruptcy, you will have to attend the 341 meeting (the meeting of creditors) where the facts of your case will be weighed. Depending on the outcome of that meeting, either you or your attorney (or both) will be required to attend additional hearings. Others may only require your lawyer to be available, and they should always advise you on the same.

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