If you’re thinking about filing bankruptcy, the first though you might have is to find a cheap bankruptcy attorney that you can afford. After all, you are already cash constraint and getting an expensive legal help will not improve your financial status. Hiring the cheapest or pro bono lawyer might not give you the wanted outcome that you are hoping for. It’s your assets that are in risk when it comes to bankruptcy and foreclosure.
There are several ways of locating a low-cost legal professional online. You can try using a free lawyer directory to come up with a good list of candidates. The downside to this method is that you will need to call or visit each one of them and explain your financial situation.
What if there is a better alternative? You are about to learn a simple, free, yet extremely effective method of finding a low-budget attorney without taking much of your time. Here’s a short guide on how to use a legal matching service to find lawyers interested in having your case.
The method is a 3-step process, which is easy to complete, highly effective and best of all it protects your privacy.
Step 1: Present Your Case, Why Do You Need a Bankruptcy Lawyer?
You begin by selecting a legal category for you current debt problems. In your case it will be ‘Consumer Bankruptcy.’ See the screen shot below.
You will then be asked of your current location where you have a legal issue. Enter your city and click the ‘Find’ button. If your city has a duplicate name, you’ll be asked to select the actual city that matches your location. The screen shot below is for Houston, Texas.
Once you have selected the right city, click the ‘Continue to Next Step’ button located at the bottom. You will now be presented with the ‘Cost Estimate’ assessment page. This is where you decide the price per hour of the attorney you want to hire.
Selecting ’1-5 years of experience’ will give you the typical fee of lawyers with early career experience. Selecting ’6-15 years of experience’ will give you the rate for mid-career experience. The ‘over 16 years of experience’ are for legal professionals with very active career in bankruptcy. They are also the ones with the highest fee. It is up to you to select which one is the best for you. You can choose the cheapest but make sure you hire the one with a few years of experience and have successfully handled several cases in the past. Selecting the lowest-price at this stage might give you fewer or no response at all from their network.
You should continue finishing this questionnaire until the progress bar on the top reaches 100%. Take note that you must describe your case with as much information as you can give them. The more information regarding your assets and debts that you can give, the better advice you will receive from the lawyers who will respond to your case.
Step 2: Matching Your Legal Need With Pre-Screened Attorneys
Immediately after presenting your case using Step 1 above, notifications will be sent to pre-screened attorneys that are practicing in your geographic location. Interested members will review the case you submitted. For privacy reasons, your identity will not be revealed until you select the right lawyer you want to hire.
Step 3: Select the Cheapest Bankruptcy Attorney That You Can Afford
In as little as 24 hours you’ll begin receiving replies from members who are interested in your case, you can now select the lawyer you want to hire. Just remember, don’t go for the cheapest with minimal experience. You should choose the one with considerable experience with the lowest price. Select the one that is affordable and within your budget. Just like you and me, these attorneys will also need to earn a living.
Now are you ready to present your case? Remember that this is a FREE service and you do not have any obligation to hire the lawyer who will respond to your case. You will never be charged to use their service, and no credit card is required. Consider this as ‘window shopping’ for legal services.
Ask your would-be attorney to give you a fee assesment for the entire case. This should include the legal fees, federal court filing fees, credit/debt counseling and other fees that you need to pay. You should also ask how long the entire case will take given the debts and problems that you stated when you fill up the questionnaire in Step 1 above. If possible, you should also ask if they are willing to settle for a FLAT FEE if your case is not too complex for them to handle. This should give you a better understanding of how much it will cost you and how long your case will take. You should be able to get all this information at no cost if you use the above recommended service correctly.
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