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Reasons A Bankruptcy Attorney May Not Take Your Case

Author : Jim Brown

No. It's a word you will not hear from a bankruptcy attorney, especially if they offer you a really low rate. Should attorneys perhaps use the word "no" a little more often? Maybe. So if an attorney is inclined to decline, what are the reasons they would have to do this? There are two general types of cases that a bankruptcy attorney may not take.

Cases with no real debt

If you don't have debt then why are you looking to file bankruptcy in the first place? Bankruptcy is a complicated process and a hefty time commitment. A client may be shown other options if they do not have a lot of debt. Bankruptcy fees are regulated by the federal bankruptcy court. What is the point of filing if someone has debt that is near the amount of those fees? If bankruptcy isn't a client's best option, an attorney will probably not take their case.

Too many unsuccessful bankruptcy filings

When a client has filed too many bankruptcy cases that have been dismissed for whatever reason, attorneys may not wish to represent them. If you have filed for bankruptcy before, especially if it has been multiple times, but had your case dismissed, the next try will likely end the same way. If is going to approve your case they will want to see that you are serious about completing a case from start to finish. Many will think you lack dedication if you have been denied in the past. An attorney puts everything on the line and they stand behind their client 100% when they file a case. When cases get dismissed, professional reputations can take a hit. An attorney will always be happy to help someone who wants to help themselves. It will be hard to find a quality, experienced bankruptcy attorney if you aren't serious about doing that.

You've already filed bankruptcy

If your case has already been filed many attorneys will not want to represent you, this is because attorneys like to do things their way. If another attorney has handled part of the case and then you try and bring it to someone else they may not want to have to deal with interpreting or correcting another lawyer's tendencies.

The vast majority of people helped by bankruptcy attorneys are honest, hardworking people who have simply fallen on hard times. If you aren't sure whether or not you meet someone's case criteria ask to set up a free consultation with them and see if they will consider your case. After all, it's in your best interests.

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James Brown is a personal bankruptcy attorney in St. Louis, Missouri. He has filed over 30,000 bankruptcy cases and published many books and articles. You can request his free Missouri and Illinois bankruptcy guide at for the best tips on how to prepare for your bankruptcy and find a great bankruptcy attorney.

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