When you’re facing bankruptcy, having an experienced Las Vegas bankruptcy attorney on your side can be invaluable. An attorney can help you understand your various options and proceed accordingly. That being said, finding a lawyer to assist you with bankruptcy can be overwhelming. A simple Google search provides seemingly endless results—but how do you know which law firms are worth contacting? In many instances, referrals are a great way to find a reputable lawyer, but most people want to keep their bankruptcy as private as possible. Asking friends and colleagues for a referral is typically not an attractive option.
Luckily, you can simplify the process by looking for various important factors when seeking a Las Vegas bankruptcy attorney. Exploring these factors requires only a little bit of legwork, but it could make a world of difference in finding a lawyer that you can trust. At the Law Office of Rodney K. Okano, we have more than 15 years of experience and have handled hundreds of cases. Our firm provides personalized, one-on-one legal guidance that’s tailored to your unique situation.
Call the firm today at (702) 903-1446 to schedule your free consultation with our Las Vegas bankruptcy attorney.
What to Consider When Hiring Your Lawyer
Is the Person or Entity Truly a Lawyer?
There is an unimaginable number of debt consolidation companies that claim they can save you from filing for bankruptcy. These entities do not work as your advocate to help you decide whether bankruptcy is indeed the appropriate solution for your financial troubles. Instead, many debt consolidation companies charge substantial fees without eliminating or reducing any of your debt. It is in their interest to always have you avoid bankruptcy, but often times, bankruptcy is the appropriate answer for your situation. Only a skilled attorney can assess your unique case and determine if filing bankruptcy is your best choice.
Is the Attorney Experienced?
The amount of experience is paramount in what you should be considering when choosing a bankruptcy attorney. Would you rather have a mechanic that has fixed 50 cars or 5,000? Just like anything in life, you can’t teach experience. With something as important as your decision to file bankruptcy—and who will guide you through it—it is crucial to find someone who is experienced in handling bankruptcy cases. You don’t want to be an inexperienced attorney’s guinea pig.
Do They Focus on Bankruptcy?
Much like experience, you want your attorney to have a heavy focus on bankruptcy. When looking at the lawyer’s website, does bankruptcy seem to be a primary area of focus? If personal bankruptcy help seems to be an afterthought, then you should probably keep looking. You want someone who demonstrates dedication to helping people through their financial problems.
Are They Easily Accessible & Responsive?
Now that you have your candidates, it is time to reach out and have the lawyers sell themselves. Many attorneys allow you to contact them by phone or a form on their website. While a busy lawyer may not be available immediately, they should be able to promptly return your call and set up a consultation. This doesn’t mean the man or woman is your attorney—it simply allows the lawyer to hear your story and determine whether or not they can help you. Of equal importance, it allows you to decide whether that person should be your lawyer. The attorney should demonstrate confidence, knowledge, and professionalism. It is also important that the lawyer listens closely to you when you speak. The bankruptcy attorney should be someone who you could envision yourself working with and trusting.
Finding the right bankruptcy attorney can make a world of difference. A little extra work now can pay dividends with your financial future. Ensure that your lawyer has ample experience in personal bankruptcy and a heavy focus on that area of practice. The consultation should make a good impression—if it doesn’t, keep looking.
Call the Law Office of Rodney K. Okano at (702) 903-1446 today to get started with your free case evaluation.