There are many ways to find a bankruptcy attorney. Some clients use the internet to find a bankruptcy attorney while others use more traditional methods like the phone book or personal referrals. While personal referrals are the best way to find a trusted bankruptcy attorney, many people do not want to share their financial troubles with friends or relatives. If personal referrals are not an option for you, using the internet may be your best tactic for finding a good bankruptcy attorney.
The internet can be a useful tool for finding a bankruptcy attorney. Attorney websites contain more information than other forms of traditional advertising and can be a valuable resource when researching an attorney. On the other hand, attorney websites are not always informative. Unfortunately, many attorney websites feature one-way communication featuring simple messages like “hire us” or “we are bankruptcy attorneys.” Bankruptcy attorney websites rich in content will feature articles specific to issues in bankruptcy. If these articles are written by a knowledgeable attorney you may want to consider calling the firm for a free consultation.
When searching for bankruptcy attorneys on the internet avoid the paid ads and look for organic results. When you click on the organic result look for the attorney’s blog. If the attorney has written informative articles about bankruptcy you should add the attorney to your shortlist. There are many underrated bankruptcy blogs and underrated bankruptcy attorneys. If you find an informative bankruptcy blog written by a knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney you may have discovered a good attorney at a great value.
The Phone book
The phone book is not a very good method for finding the right bankruptcy attorney. Phone book advertisements are simple and do not convey the best information for screening attorneys. All phone book advertisements tell you is that the attorney could afford a paid ad; they don’t tell you anything about the attorney’s skill or experience. Instead of selecting bankruptcy attorneys at random out of the phone book, find local attorneys on the internet.
Personal referrals are the best and most reliable method for finding a quality bankruptcy attorney in Sacramento. If a friend or family member had a good experience with an attorney, the chances of you having a similar experience are quite good.
There is one caveat to using personal referrals: be suspicious of positive online reviews but read negative ones. Negative online reviews can tell you a lot about a bankruptcy attorney. Negative reviews can help you understand the limitations of the bankruptcy attorney or pattern of poor service. In contrast, positive reviews are not very helpful. First, many positive online reviews are fake. While this practice is certainly unethical, it is nevertheless prevalent among attorneys. If you find a firm with 10 reviews all written within the same month, those reviews are probably not genuine.
Attorney television advertisements are like phone book advertisements in motion. They convey simple information that will not help you screen bankruptcy attorneys. Likewise, all television advertisements tell you is that the attorney could afford expensive advertising. Worse yet, expensive ads tell you that the attorney is charging a premium to their clients to cover the cost of advertising. Remember, just because a bankruptcy attorney can afford a 30 second commercial does not mean they are the best attorney to handle your case.
The same holds true for attorney radio advertisements. An attorney radio ad is like a TV ad without the video. Yes, you will learn their name, what they do and their contact information, but you will not learn anything important that will help you make an informed decision.
Research Bankruptcy Attorneys On The Internet
In summary, finding a bankruptcy attorney through the internet is best. Attorney websites often give extensive information about the attorney’s background, experience, and depth of knowledge through articles than any other form of advertising. In particular, evaluate the quality of the bankruptcy articles. If the articles demonstrate depth of knowledge you should contact the attorney for a free consultation. In addition, scan the internet for negative reviews. Many of the seemingly “top” bankruptcy attorneys actually have many negative reviews which demonstrate a pattern of substandard service. While not every negative review is justified, a clear pattern may emerge through several reviews that will encourage you eliminate the attorney from your consideration.