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Questions to Ask a Prospective Illinois Foreclosure or Bankruptcy Attorney

Posted on in Bankruptcy Attorney Illinois

As per Foreclosure.com, the nation's largest provider of data of homes in financial distress, reports that 31,043 Illinois homes are currently in pre-foreclosure status as 23,486 household are already actively involved in the process. In addition, 34,975 bankruptcies have also been recorded during the first quarter of 2015.

With each number representative of an individual or family engrossed in various levels of financial distress, no doubt stress levels may be running high with the need for consulting with an experienced Illinois foreclosure or bankruptcy attorney on the rise.

If you are one of the 23,486 Illinois residents in pre-foreclosure status, the need for an experienced attorney is key as questions about rectifying your situation require qualified answers.

Before scheduling an initial consult, perhaps these examples of questions to ask of a prospective attorney may aid in choosing the best attorney for you.

What is Your Bankruptcy Case Experience?

Avoid asking how long an attorney has been actively practicing law but concentrate on the number of bankruptcy or foreclosure cases the lawyer has handled. Often attorneys will change their course of practice based on market trends, so it is important that a prospective attorney possess significant bankruptcy or foreclosure experience.

Is My Situation Similar to Your Case Experience?

When it comes to bankruptcy, attorneys may have different levels of experience among various degrees of bankruptcy law. Ensure that a prospective attorney is skilled in personal bankruptcy such as Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. A qualified attorney skilled in business bankruptcy or Chapter 11 bankruptcy law will not be conducive to your situational needs.

Do You Take a Hands On Approach to Each Case?

If it is extremely important for you to have the attorney working directly on your case instead of enlisting the assistance of associates, ask them point blank if they will be responsible for all aspects of your case. Explain the importance of developing a professional relationship as they will be instrumental in the outcome of your case.

If I Have Questions, Will You Be Readily Available?

No doubt filing for bankruptcy or facing foreclosure may be one of the most important decisions of your life and communication with your legal advocate is extremely important. Ensure that you ask a prospective attorney about his or her communication process then you can make an informative decision as to whether or not this will suit your immediate needs.

What is Your Fee and Payment Schedule?

For those seeking protection under Chapter 7 bankruptcy, fees are generally due in full before petitioning for bankruptcy. A prospective attorney should readily disclose all fees and acceptable payment terms before taking on the case.

Do You Enjoy Your Work?

Although it is highly suggested that you interview several prospective attorneys, this question may provide insight as to the sincerity of an attorney. Will he or she really care about your personal situation and work diligently to reach the best outcome. If they appear enthusiastic and are ready to represent you, then this may be one of the most informative answers you will need to consider when making your final decision.

If you are an Illinois resident, living in the Arlington Heights, Libertyville, Crystal Lake or Waukegan area and are representative of the growing number of individuals in pre-foreclosure status , the qualified Chicago bankruptcy and foreclosure attorneys of Newland & Newland, LLP have the answers to your questions. Contact any one of our convenient area locations to schedule your initial consultation today.

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