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Be Honest With Your Bankruptcy Lawyer

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Be Honest With Your Bankruptcy Lawyer

If you are facing an insurmountable level of personal debt, filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy might be the most effective way for you to eliminate that debt and get yourself on a path toward financial freedom. It is in your best interest to work with a bankruptcy lawyer to complete the process because a lawyer can advise you about the choices you face and advocate for you during interactions with the court and your creditors.

Working with a lawyer is a professional partnership. In order to help you, your lawyer needs to know every detail of your case, even the ones that you feel are unsavory or embarrassing. If you are not willing to address your problems accurately, you are not ready to file for bankruptcy.

Your Case Can Be Dismissed if You Lie

When you file for bankruptcy, it is critical that all information you submit about your case is accurate and up-to-date. If it is not, the court may reject your case on the grounds of fraud. Do not jeopardize your case or your lawyer's credibility by submitting fraudulent information to the court. Even leaving details out of your case can be considered to be an act of dishonesty. Tell the truth; the whole, uncomfortable truth.

You Have Options

If you are not truthful with your lawyer, he or she cannot accurately assess your case and discuss all of your options with you. Never assume you know more about bankruptcy than your bankruptcy lawyer. It is your lawyer's job to represent clients going through the bankruptcy process. Your lawyer might determine that you qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy or that you have other options, like refinancing your home or consolidating your debts, that could work better for you.

Trust Your Lawyer

Remember this at all times. When you are interviewing prospective lawyers to determine who to hire, you consider how much you feel you can trust each lawyer. The trust in your relationship with your lawyer goes both ways – if your lawyer feels he or she cannot trust you, he or she may determine that he or she cannot help you. Just like the court can dismiss your case if it finds out you were not truthful, your lawyer can opt to end your relationship, leaving you back at the starting point of your bankruptcy.

Work With an Experienced Buffalo Grove Bankruptcy Lawyer

If you are struggling with your debt amount and you are considering filing for bankruptcy, you need to swallow your pride and be honest with an experienced bankruptcy lawyer about your situation. Otherwise, your lawyer cannot help you effectively file for bankruptcy and work through the process of the chapter you choose. When you are ready to start working with an experienced bankruptcy lawyer, contact our team at Newland & Newland, LLP to set up your initial consultation in our office. We serve clients in the Arlington Heights, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Libertyville, Mundelein, Buffalo Grove, Schaumburg, Elk Grove, and Itasca areas.

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