If you are looking to clear up your credit, you might want to consider the option of filing for Bankruptcy. Filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the Federal District Courts of Ohio gives you a chance to eliminate your debts and gain a clean slate when it comes to your credit. These filings can typically remove any negative items from your credit with the exception of certain non dischargeable items, such as federal loans, taxes owed to Ohio agencies, fees imposed by Ohio Courts, etc. One question many people have when seeking to hire an Ohio Bankruptcy attorney, however, is whether or not the attorney is are truly qualified to help and whether he or she they can really do things that could not be done at home by yourself.
Here is a list of things to look for when evaluating an Ohio Bankruptcy attorney.
- Make sure that your lawyer has graduated from an ABA accredited law school. Not only must these professionals have graduated from an ABA accredited law school, but they have had to pass multiple exams. Typically most attorneys will have these law school graduation certificates proudly displayed in their office.
- You should ask your lawyer if they have been admitted to the Southern District of Ohio Bankruptcy Courts and passed the Ohio bar exam. Just ask this quickly.
- Verify that your Ohio attorney has been admitted to been admitted to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Again ask your attorney this quickly.
- Verify that your Ohio attorney has registered with the Ohio Supreme Court and met a biannual continuing education requirement. Typically most attorneys will have this proudly displayed in their office.
To summarize above, all Ohio bankruptcy attorneys must have graduated from an American Bar Association accredited law school, passed the Multistate Ethics Bar Examination, passed the Ohio Bar Exam, passed the Federal Bar Exam for the Southern District of Ohio, been admitted to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, registered with the Ohio Supreme Court and met a biannual continuing education requirement.
While some Ohio bankruptcy practitioners “do bankruptcy” as a sideline ideally you would want an attorney that limits his practice to bankruptcy, consumer protection and debt related issues. Make sure you investigate beforehand.
Where one Ohio Bankruptcy attorney generally differs from the rest is in their registration and practice. Ideally, you will want to choose a lawyer who is registered not only with the state and national Bar Associations, but also with the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. This will let you know that your professional works primarily in the Bankruptcy laws of Ohio and that he or she is truly dedicated to helping people get out from under their mounting piles of debt.
When possible, you should take the time to seek out an Ohio Bankruptcy attorney who focuses on Bankruptcy. There are many people who practice general law and will work on virtually any type of case. While these professionals may be skilled, choosing a Bankruptcy practitioner means that you are choosing someone who knows exactly what you need and how to get it. A lawyer whose practice is limited primarily to Bankruptcy works almost entirely with situations like yours, ensuring he or she has the knowledge to get the results that you need.
Ultimately, the Bankruptcy attorney you choose is up to you. You should understand, however, that the choice you make will greatly effect the results you get. If you are seeking the best chances of getting a new start on your credit it is worthwhile to contact a Bankruptcy lawyer to find out exactly what steps you need to take.