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How to Choose a Los Angeles Bankruptcy Attorney

Picking the right law firm can make a big difference

Bankruptcy has long-term financial and legal consequences, so it is very important that it be handled correctly from the start. There are many Los Angeles bankruptcy attorneys to choose from, and it is not always immediately obvious which ones are only looking out for their own bottom line or which ones do not have the competency to handle cases successfully. In my more than 40 years as a bankruptcy attorney, I have heard dozens upon dozens of horror stories from clients about cases that have been mismanaged and attorneys who have misrepresented themselves. Fortunately, tips and guidelines are available to help you find a skilled attorney who will represent your interests, not theirs, and get you the best possible results.

Don’t procrastinate

It is scary to face the fact that you need an attorney, but you should not let that prevent you from starting to look for one. Waiting until the last minute puts you at a disadvantage because your attorney will not have adequate time to prepare your case. You should begin researching bankruptcy attorneys in LA as soon as you know something is wrong and before taking any action.

Get referrals

Bankruptcy is not a topic people generally talk about openly, but it is more common than you think. Chances are you know someone who has been through it. If you have a personal lawyer or are acquainted with someone in the legal profession, he or she can refer you to reputable bankruptcy attorneys in the area. You can check a list of certified bankruptcy specialists.

In addition to someone compassionate, knowledgeable and experienced, you should also look for an attorney who has:

  • An AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
  • A 10 out of 10 AVVO rating
  • Outstanding client reviews
  • A proven track record
  • An A+ Better Business Bureau rating
  • A supportive group of associate attorneys and helpful staff

Now that you know what to look for, you can begin setting up consultations with attorneys who meet this criteria, such as Michael Jay Berger.

Set up consultations

A good bankruptcy attorney offers free consultations. Your case deserves an honest assessment free of charge to determine what options are available and if bankruptcy is the right decision for you. Meeting with a few attorneys face to face will allow you to ask important questions about their experience, knowledge and practice. An attorney who dodges these questions or can’t provide clear answers is not one you want to hire. My office offers every client a free consultation and will always answer your questions directly and in a way that is easy to understand.

Ask about the total cost

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. A lawyer who knows the system and has a successful track record will undoubtedly cost you a little more. However, high rates do not always equal high quality or vice versa. You should be cautious of anyone who charges too much or too little.

Trust your instincts

Bankruptcy can be difficult, but dealing with your attorney should not be. Pay attention to the mood in the office and note how the attorney makes you feel. A good bankruptcy attorney will put you at ease in a welcoming environment free of judgment. You should feel comfortable communicating honestly with this person.

Take the first steps toward a fresh start by contacting us today

When you are in dire financial straits, you need a bankruptcy attorney who knows the law, knows the system and knows you. Located in the heart of downtown Beverly Hills, I provide a wide range of services for individuals and families suffering from the weight of excessive debt. Call the Law Offices of Michael Jay Berger at 310-271-6223 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation.


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