I am going to be filing for chapter bankruptcy. I have had a consultation with one lawyer. The lawyer is part of a firm that handles family law issues, this lawyer handles only bankruptcy cases and foreclosures, has been practicing for 4 years and has represented a couple thousand chapter 7 or 13 cases. Based on the consultation, i like this lawyer and I have found positive reviews by clients and peers, no negative reviews, and this person is a rising star on super lawyers. Would it still be smart for me to do another consultation, or is it ok to go with this lawyer with no further consultations. I need to move quickly given my situation.
I believe in "second opinions" whether it is with doctors, lawyers, CPAs. I would discuss your options with an attorney who has been practicing for 15+ years.
You can go to as many or as few as you want. It is easy for us to say meet with a couple just to get different perspectives, but if you feel comfortable that is part of the equation. Like many areas of law, a lawyer who had handled too fee case might be inexperienced and too many cases indicates it is a volume practice that has less "quality time" and individual attention from the actual lawyer.
It sounds like you have done your due diligence.
Most importantly, it seems like you have hit the major parts of developing an attorney/client relationship -- if you have connected with the attorney --> you understand what he or she says, the attorney understands your situation and you feel comfortable speaking to the attorney and representing you.
Given the seriousness of your situation and possible ramifications, you do want to tread carefully. Admittedly, sometimes things seem right upon the first interview (or date).
While I understand you need to move quickly, you should think it over briefly before you decide one way or the other. You never want to make these types of decision under duress.
Other counsel here may suggest one course or another. You seem to have good knowledge about yourself; ultimately, it is your decision. Since I do not know you personally, I cannot suggest a path to take in connection with your decision-making process.
One thing we will all agree upon in that you should be congratulated for doing the planning and giving the process some serious preparation and forethought.
4 years and a couple of thousand clients? That's 500 clients a year, there are not that many days in a year! Working 6 days a week, this person is representing 500 in 312 days. 1.6 clients a day? Don't know, seems like a lot of clients for one lawyer, even with help. You'll be talking to paralegals, legal assistants. If you are ok with the odds, go with the gut. Maybe you should check him out at the courthouse, as in find out when he is scheduled to appear, and go ask around. Maybe this lawyer does creditor work, more than debtor work. And you are going to be a debtor. It's like having a divorce lawyer who prefers husbands, and you are the wife, or a judge who is known to be a "mama's" judge, and you are the husband, who has been cheating on his wife. Tread carefully.
Sounds like you have a good start on a positive relationship with your bankruptcy attorney. That is always a good thing. Meeting with another attorney won't take much time and may give you a different perspective that you like more. Meeting with another attorney could also solidify you feelings about the one guy that you have had a consultation with. Most bankruptcy attorneys offer free consultations, thus, the only thing that you may be out by meeting with another bankruptcy lawyer is your time.
I am not nearly as concerned about the case load of the attorney that you have met as some of the other attorneys answering your question. I would prefer a bankruptcy attorney who has handled a lot of clients vs. an attorney who only does a few bankruptcy cases per month. I am sure that the attorney is used to the busy schedule and has a system in place to handle his case load. If you have concerns that he might be too busy for you or that he might not give you the attention that you may want, give him a call and see how long it takes for him to get back to you. If it is more than 24 hours before you hear from him or if you only get a paralegal or staff member to return your call, then maybe you might want to look elsewhere.
Outside of those concerns, I don't see why going with your guy would be a problem. A 2nd opinion is nice but not always necessary. You did your due diligence with your guy and have checked his reviews and references.
I hope that you found this information helpful and that you got your question answered.
Parker Evan Bornmann
The Bornmann Law Group, PLLC
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