Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. We stop foreclosure, and we get people out of debt. Each partner at Bayer, Wishman & Leotta has been doing this for more than 30 years. We will give you a free consultation with one of the partners in the firm. Our fees are reasonable compared to what less experienced lawyers are trying to charge, and we can offer payment arrangements for most cases.
The best bankruptcy results are usually obtained by clients who obtain legal representation in the early stages of a problem. That gives your lawyer time to develop the answers, tactics and to perform the work that is required.
That does not mean you are out of luck if you have waited until the last moment to seek help. However it probably does mean that you have endured needless stress and worry that we might have eliminated much sooner.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. One of the biggest mistakes people make before they file bankruptcy in Los Angeles, California, is hiring an inexperienced or just plain bad bankruptcy lawyer. I’d like to share some practical suggestions for finding and hiring an excellent bankruptcy lawyer, especially when a friend or associate has recommended someone in particular.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. So, here are some things you can do check out and then hire the right Los Angeles bankruptcy lawyer:
Do a Google search on the lawyer’s name and see what pops up;
In your search and interview process, ask or consider if the lawyer is a recognized expert in the bankruptcy field?
Does the news media seek out the opinions of this lawyer?
Check a lawyer’s record on an objective website like Avvo.com;
Ask how long the lawyer has been practicing bankruptcy law specifically. Does the lawyer handle other types of cases?
In a large urban area like Los Angeles, quality bankruptcy lawyers devote their entire practice to bankruptcy.
You do not want to trust your finances with an inexperienced or part time bankruptcy lawyer.
If the lawyer is not a “certified specialist” (by the California State Bar) any claims of “expertise” should be ignored.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Do I need an attorney to file bankruptcy?
What does bankruptcy do to my credit?
Will I ever be able to buy a house?
Will I be able to finance a new car after bankruptcy?
How much does it cost?
Would a debt consolidation company be better?
Can I negotiate with my creditors?
Can a paralegal or a legal document service represent me?
Isn't bankruptcy immoral, and just taking the easy way out?
Is it moral?
Before considering bankruptcy, shouldn't I first try to seek out some consumer credit counseling?
Answers to these questions are at http://www.debt-relief-bankruptcy.com/faq.asp
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. And here’s what we’ve found when it comes to promises of “low cost.” Lawyers with the lowest fees will generally have the lowest level of skill and may treat their clients with disregard if not downright contempt.
In fact, the client might never even meet the lawyer. In some cases it’s typical for the client to have no important communications with an actual lawyer—and instead the client only interacts with office “staff.” This should not happen to you.
Definitely check out the lawyer before you hire one!