In today’s competitive world of legal services, many firms, like Bailey & Galyen, offer a free consultation for potential clients. The ability to speak with an attorney about your financial problems and your potential legal solutions is a very valuable service and should not be taken too lightly. Consultation fees can often be up to a couple of hundred dollars! That being said, here are some tips for making the most of your free consultation:
- Identify why you need to file bankruptcy. Sometimes this is easy to do – your home is in foreclosure. Other times, it takes a real hard look at what is going on in your life and your work to explain why and how you ended up in the attorney’s office.
- Know how much you owe and to whom. As difficult as it may be, gather up your documents and write it all down so you do not forget anything as you explain to the attorney what you need to resolve your financial problems.
- Be prepared to discuss your income and expenses. Make a budget for yourself before your meeting so you can communicate and share this with the attorney as he/she begins to analyze your situation to come up with the best possible solution.
- Think about how you will pay for the attorney’s services. We offer affordable payment plans but for some, the need to file bankruptcy is urgent and immediate. Be prepared to discuss how you will pay these fees.
- Be honest with yourself and the attorney. Any non-disclosures, misstatements, or non-realistic goals, for whatever reason, will put you and the attorney at risk of preparing and filing a case that will not work and in the long run, will not be beneficial to you or your family.
Most of all, know that a free consultation is not a cheap consultation. It costs time, effort and work on everyone’s behalf, so being prepared, ready to ask questions, and then understanding your options is the best outcome for you and the attorney and turns that “free” consultation into an invaluable consultation.
If you believe that you are ready to take control of your debt and work on improving your credit, contact us online or Call us today for a free consultation. For your convenience, we answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. Remember, your choice in attorney matters.