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How to Find an Affordable Bankruptcy Attorney in Ten Minutes or Less

by Roilee Mandeville

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There must be a few valid reasons why you would look at bankruptcy to clear out your current financial problems. Anyone who’s in deep debt wants to know how to find an affordable legal solution. Well, here’s how to do it in ten minutes or less. You can use one or all the legal directories listed below to find Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 lawyers.

Free But Non-Directory Lawyer Networks

LegalMatch Pre-Screen Process

These two legal networks do not offer an accessible open directory. Instead, you need to fill up an evaluation form. One of the biggest advantage in using these online resources is convenience. No need to call and seek lawyers, let them be the one to call you to hire them. You are in a better position to bargain or negotiate the legal fees before hiring a professional.

Clear Bankruptcy can connect you with a local attorney near you. You can request a FREE and NO OBLIGATION case evaluation by completing a short form. You may also call (877) 872-9037 toll-free. They are part of a bigger network maintained by Total Attorneys — one of the largest consumer law firm in the United States with nationwide coverage.

LegalMatch is another service provider and among the pioneer in online legal matching. You can access pre-screened lawyers through a simple, three-step process on their website. As soon as you present your case, members within the location you specified will receive email alerts about your legal needs. In as little as 24 hours you’ll begin to receive responses to your submitted case from interested members. Then it’s up to you to choose the right candidate for your case based on the responses you receive and the qualifications you’re looking for. You will never be charged to use their service, and no credit card is required. Start presenting your case to pre-screened lawyers near you.

Before you try these legal directories you should be aware that bankruptcy has two opposing sides. There are lawyers that are pro-consumer that protects the interests of the debtor. On the other side are lawyers that are pro-creditor that represent their client’s interests. They are the one who will challenge the discharge of your case. Make sure the one you are hiring is a pro-consumer.

Martindale-Hubbell Legal Network

Martindale-Hubbell Legal Website

Martindale-Hubbell Legal Database

This is the online version of Martindale-Hubbell comprehensive directory of legal professionals. Use the “Lawyer Locator” to search their online database. Leave the names and law firm blank since you are not looking for a particular person or law firm. Key in your city or hometown under the “City” field and choose your state. Don’t forget to change the country to “United States”. Under the “Areas of Practice” select bankruptcy. Click the “GO” button and you should have your list. If the results are too little, then you can widen your search criteria by removing the city on the search form. You can also use the adjacent cities near you.

FindLaw Lawyer Directory

FindLaw Lawyer Directory

West Legal's FindLaw Lawyer Directory

This is the online version of West Legal Directory. Use the “Search for a Lawyer” to query their online database. Under the “Legal Issue” input box type in ‘bankruptcy’. Type in your city under the “Location” box. Remember to include your state and zip code. It will make the query results more accurate. Click the “Find lawyers” button or press the “Enter” key. You will then be shown with a list of candidates. If the results are too few, then you can widen your search criteria by removing the city on the search field. You can also use the adjacent towns close to you. Take note of the entries that have “offers free consultation” mark. You should prioritize them on your list.

NACBA’s Attorney Finder

NACBA's Local Attorney Finder

NACBA's Lawyer Finder

This is a exclusive organization dedicated to serving the needs of lawyers and protecting the legal rights of consumer debtors. When you go to the home page of NACBA, click the “Find attorneys near you!” banner located at the right sidebar. After the search page loads, key in your hometown or city and state in the search box. You must choose one radio button under the “Location (within)” label, for example 20 miles. Click the “Search” button. It should give you a location map with markers and a list of legal professionals that are within the area coverage that you selected. If the list is too many, you can trim the results by selecting a smaller area coverage under the “Location (within)” label, for example 5 miles.

A Smarter Solution of Finding Local Attorneys

Are the above instructions too daunting for you? If you don’t have enough time to call or visit a local attorney then try the simple 3-stage process of finding cheap local lawyers. Check the tutorial on how to quickly locate your affordable legal professional using a free service.

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