Yes, if you choose, you can get a new lawyer. We can't second guess your lawyer on a website, or know if you qualify for a Ch. 13 based on debt, but a second opinion never hurts. Based on your post, you should probably make calls tomorrow to set up an appointment or two. "Somebody" is wrong (as is often the case).
Yes, take ALL the documents, especially the two BK petitions to another BK attorney NOW. Good luck.
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On occasion, in Eastern District of MO, where I practice, I get asked to give an opinion on the propriety of another bankruptcy attorney 's actions. These calls often begin with the premise of hiring me to take over the case that the client believes has been badly handled by the current attorney of record.
If I agree to give an opinion, I do not charge the client & I always explain that I cannot take the case as that would be unethical filching from a colleague.
Unlike Gary, I do charge to give a second opinion on how a case has been handled. And if I think it could be done better, I often take the case. (Most of the time, I don't think I can improve on what's been done.)
But whether you see a lawyer who will or won't charge, will or won't take over the case, you definitely need a second opinion.