Submitted by Jen Jones on Wed, 07/08/2009 - 11:10am
So you have decided that it is time to file bankruptcy. Next, it's time for you find the right kind of help to get you through the maze of paperwork, aggressive creditor tactics and into the court system.
Clearly, a bankruptcy attorney is your best option. But not all attorneys are the same.
Bankruptcy practices that hold membership in the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) can boast belonging to the only formal organization that is dedicated solely to the support of consumer debtors and the law professionals that guide them. The value of such an organization is that it remains constantly in focus with the laws, practices and trends of the very court decisions that affect your ability to file and emerge successfully from bankruptcy.
The NACBA was established in 1992 and today has members in every state. It is a group consisting of real change-makers in the world of bankruptcy law that have played significant roles in high profile cases, all the way up to the Supreme Court. It serves its members in countless ways but has found its best route for bettering bankruptcy practices through continuing education, conferences, publications and workshops. It is in these efforts where the industry takes shape, powered by the unique bankruptcy situations of people like you that generate discussion and often materialize as real-life methods for providing better service for those who are at odds with their debt and need to draw a line in the sand.
In a short time, the NACBA has become a firm presence in Washington that can be seen standing tall in Congress and the court system on your behalf. Many of the group's members are considered national experts in the field of bankruptcy law and procedures and are often called upon to offer expertise in a variety of legal and congressional venues.
Most notably, the NACBA consistently challenges the tactics of the consumer credit industry that is behind a tide of anti-debtor legislation making waves throughout our government. As an advocacy group for the people, the NACBA is often the only voice of people who are in financial dire straits that can be heard within the Beltway. Again, it is the individual situations of those who need bankruptcy laws to work in their favor that NACBA members work with personally every day. Thus, there is no better representative for the rights of people struggling with debt.
For decades, before bankruptcy was recognized as the sound financial strategy that it is today, there existed no advocacy group for those who practiced bankruptcy law. With the establishment of the NACBA and its 4,000 members, there is real change being enacted on behalf of financially troubled Americans.
Keep in mind that choosing the right attorney is perhaps your most crucial decision along the road back to fiscal stability. Be wary of hype and cognizant of inexperience. Judge an attorney based on their experience in court, ability to relate to your situation and caseload of successes. Above all else, you need to be comfortable sharing with them the challenges you are facing as a result of your debt. The NACBA is in place to help the best attorneys be better at what they do. Look for membership in the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. You'll be glad you did.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt are proud NACBA members. In North Carolina, call +1-919-646-2654 to find out how the power of bankruptcy can help you.
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