How To File Bankruptcy In 2020

How To File Bankruptcy In 2020

Bankruptcy is a court proceeding in which a judge and court trustee examine the assets and liabilities of individuals and businesses who can’t pay their bills and decide whether to discharge those debts so they are no longer legally required to pay them.

Bankruptcy laws were written to give people whose finances collapsed, a chance to start over. Whether it was bad decision-making or bad luck, lawmakers could see that in a capitalistic economy, consumers and businesses who failed, need a second chance.

The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) did a study of PACER stats (public court records) from 2016 and found that 95.5% of the 499,909 Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases decided that year were discharged, meaning the individual was no longer legally required to pay the debt.

Only 22,388 cases were dismissed, meaning the judge or court trustee felt like the individual had enough resources to pay his/her debts.
Individuals who used Chapter 13 bankruptcy, best known as “wage earner’s bankruptcy,” were about split in their success. Slightly more than half (166,424) were discharged and 164,626 were dismissed.

First, you need to know whether you need to file bankruptcy. Filing bankruptcy is a way to stop a garnishment as soon as the bankruptcy petition has been filed. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a very effective tool for erasing credit card debt, medical debts, and most other unsecured debt. But you can only be use it once every 8 years. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is another type of bankruptcy available to consumers. The main difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 is that you pay a portion of your debts making monthly payments to the Chapter 13 Trustee. You only pay as much as you are able to base on the means test and your actual income and expenses, without regard for interest rates on unsecured debt. Debts like student loans, child support, alimony, and recent tax debts will not be eliminated when your bankruptcy discharge is granted under any type of bankruptcy. Also, if you have any cosigners, they will not be protected by your personal bankruptcy. Temporary debt relief is immediate in all types of bankruptcy as the automatic stay prohibits creditors from contacting you as soon as you or your bankruptcy lawyer file your bankruptcy petition. It also stops a garnishment right away.

That’s one of the most important bankruptcy basics that everyone should know. Depending on the filer’s credit score when the Chapter 7 bankruptcy is filed, it may initially drop a little. However, once the debt relief becomes permanent when the bankruptcy discharge is entered, most people are able to rebuild their credit score within less than one year. In the United States, filers in 96% of all Chapter 7 consumer bankruptcy cases are able to keep all of their property even after their bankruptcy filing.

Collect Your Documents For Bankruptcy

Before getting started, you need to collect all your financial documents so you understand the current state of your finances.

First, you need to obtain a copy of your credit report from Experian, TransUnion, or Equifax to learn how much debt you owe. You can obtain your credit report from all three at AnnualCreditReport.com for Free.
Some of your debts may not be listed on your credit report, like medical bills, personal loans, or tax debts. Make a list of any missing debts as you will need to list all of them on your bankruptcy forms.
In addition to your credit report, you will need the following documents:
• Tax returns for the past 2 years
• Pay stubs or other proof of your income for the last 6 months
• Recent bank account statements
• Recent retirement account or brokerage account statements
• Valuations or appraisals of any real estate you own
• Copies of vehicle registration
• Any Other Documents Relating to Your Assets, Debts, or Income. Having these documents next to you will help you get an accurate picture of your finances.

Get Credit Counseling

An important first step to the bankruptcy process is credit counseling. Everyone who files for bankruptcy is required to take a credit counseling course that is approved by the Department of Justice. Credit counseling courses like this one give you an idea of whether you really need to file for bankruptcy or whether you could get back on your feet through some type of informal repayment plan.

You will provide the credit counseling agency with your income and expenses. Together, you will review the options for repaying the debt, like debt consolidation, or debt settlement. In many cases, this exercise only confirms that you don’t have any feasible options for addressing the debt other than bankruptcy. But it’s a valuable exercise even still.
The course takes at least one hour and can be completed online or by telephone. The course fee ranges from $10 to $50, depending on the provider. But if your household income is under 150% of the federal poverty line, you should be able to get this fee waived.
Once you complete the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. Keep it. You will need to give a copy of this certificate to the court when you file your bankruptcy forms.

This is the most time-consuming step. The Bankruptcy Forms include 23 separate forms totaling roughly 70 pages. The forms ask you about everything you make, spend, own and owe. If you download and print out the forms online, you will have to enter repetitive data and make lots of math calculations. You really need to hire a lawyer.

Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy normally requires a $335 filing fee, which must be paid to the court in person in exact change.
If you don’t have the funds to pay the filing fee now, you can complete a special form, asking to pay your fee in installments. You can ask to pay the $335 fee in up to 4 payments within 120 days of your filing date.
If paying in installments isn’t even possible, you can submit another form to apply for a fee waiver. To qualify, your total household income must be under 150% of the federal poverty line. The court will decide whether you get a fee waiver after you file. If your application is denied, the court will order you to pay the fee in installments.

Once you have prepared your bankruptcy forms, you will need to print them out for the court. You must print them single-sided. The court won’t accept double-sided pages.
You will also need to sign the forms once they are printed.
Most bankruptcy courts require just 1 copy of the petition, but some courts like the bankruptcy court in Manhattan require 4 copies. So call your local bankruptcy court to find out how many copies you will need to bring.

Don’t do it yourself. You wouldn’t do your own open heart surgery. Don’t do your own legal work.

The clerk will take your bankruptcy forms and ask you to take a seat in their waiting room. It shouldn’t take long for the clerk long to process your case – about 15 minutes. During this time, they will scan your forms and upload them to the court’s online filing system.
As soon as they are done processing your forms, the clerk will call you back to the front desk. The clerk will give you:
• Your bankruptcy case number
• The name of your bankruptcy trustee
• The date, time, and location of your meeting with your trustee (this is called the “Meeting of Creditors” or “341 Meeting”)
At this point, your case has been filed! Congrats! Something very important has just happened. Your debt collectors are now legally prohibited by bankruptcy’s Automatic Stay from contacting you to collect your debts, from garnishing your wages, or foreclosing on your property. This lasts until the end of your bankruptcy case, at which point most, if not all, of your debts will hopefully be erased.
But you’re not home yet – there are other steps you need to complete to get a fresh start!

The bankruptcy trustee is an official appointed by the court to oversee your case. Pay attention to mail you receive from the trustee after filing. The trustee will send you a letter asking you to mail them certain financial documents, like tax returns, pay stubs, and bank statements. If you don’t mail the the trustee the requested documents, you will not get a discharge of your debts.

As soon as possible after filing your bankruptcy forms, you also need to take your second mandatory bankruptcy course. The second course, called the Debtor Education Course, is similar to the credit counseling course. But it is designed to educate you on making smart financial choices so that you won’t have to seek bankruptcy relief in the future.

Course 2 can be completed online or by phone and takes at least 2 hours to complete. The fee for the course ranges from $10-$50. But the fee may be waived if your household income is under 150% of the federal poverty level.
If you don’t complete the course, you will not obtain a fresh start. So, make sure to complete the course as soon as possible after filing.

Attend Your 341 Meeting

Finally, you need to attend your 341 meeting. The location of the 341 Meeting depends on where you filed your bankruptcy case.
Usually, the 341 Meeting takes place about a month after filing. The main purpose of the 341 Meeting is to ensure that you are not hiding any expensive assets that should be distributed to creditors. If your papers were done correctly, you should have no trouble answering the questions. Most meetings last only about 5 minutes. Creditors are allowed to attend, although they almost never do.

Important note: You must bring your government-issued ID and social security card to the meeting. If you don’t bring them, the trustee cannot verify your identity and the meeting cannot go forward. You should also bring a copy of your bankruptcy forms to the meeting, along with your last 60 days of pay stubs, your recent bank statements, and any other documents that your trustee has asked for.

In most cases, the trustee “closes” the case at the end of the meeting. In that case, unless something very unusual happens, you get a letter two months later from the Court stating that your debts have been discharged.
10. Optional – Dealing with Your Car

Finally, there’s an additional step in the bankruptcy process if you own a car with outstanding debt. If you want to surrender the car to the lender, the lender will file a motion with the bankruptcy court to ask permission to retake the car.

Alternatively, you might choose to keep the car by “reaffirming” the car debt and continuing making payments on it. In that case, your lender would normally send you a reaffirmation agreement that you would need to sign and return within 45 days after your 341 meeting. The lender would then file the signed reaffirmation agreement with the court for approval. If the judge approves your reaffirmation, you would get a notice of reaffirmation along with your discharge. And you would be able to keep the vehicle as long as you stay current on your payments.

Finally, you may also have chosen “redeem” the car by buying it back from the lender in one lump sum, usually obtained from a lender. If you chose redemption, you will be required to filing a motion in the bankruptcy case.

Filing for bankruptcy takes some preparation. Hiring a good bankruptcy attorney is one way to file. But if you cannot afford one and you need a fresh start, you should see if you qualify for bankruptcy with Ascent Law LLC.

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If you have a bankruptcy question, or need to file a bankruptcy case, call Ascent Law now at (801) 676-5506. We want to help you. Come in or call in for your free initial consultation.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 676-5506

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Chapter 11 vs Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 11 vs Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

There are some notable differences between Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, including eligibility, cost, and the amount of time required to complete the process. Both bankruptcies give debtors the opportunity to stay in business and to restructure their finances.

Barring some limitations, both bankruptcies allow filers to modify their payment terms on secured debts, provide time to sell assets, and eliminate obligations the filer cannot pay over the plan’s term. While both allow the discharging of debts.

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Nearly everyone can file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, including individuals, businesses, partnerships, joint ventures, and limited liability companies (LLCs). There is no specified debt-level limit, nor required income. However, Chapter 11 is the most complex form of bankruptcy and generally the most expensive. Thus, it’s most often used by businesses and not individuals, where companies can use Chapter 11 bankruptcy to restructure their debts and continue operating.

Filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows businesses to stay open and continue operating while reworking their financial obligations. Filers are able to put forth a reorganization plan, which can include downsizing and expense reduction plans. Many large businesses have filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and came out of bankruptcy later to continue operating, including General Motors and Chrysler, which both filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 bankruptcy can only be filed by individuals with a stable income. Debt limitations are also part of Chapter 13 eligibility, and the limits change regularly. As of 2019, limits are approximately $419,275 in unsecured debt and $1,257,850 in secured debt. Chapter 13 differs from Chapter 7, where individuals can use Chapter 7 to wipe out all their debt entirely. Chapter 7 does have income limits that vary by state.
For Chapter 13, individuals must submit and implement a repayment plan for debts to be paid within three to five years. The filer can generally keep some assets, such as a home. It’s also called a “wage earner’s plan,” where individuals pay a monthly amount to a trustee, who in turn pays the individual’s creditors. The payback to creditors is usually required to be equivalent or better than what they’d receive under other bankruptcy proceedings.

Key Differences

Chapter 13 involves the appointment of a trustee, while with Chapter 11, this is optional and not usually done. The trustee’s role includes reviewing the bankruptcy proposal, making recommendations to the court, and the collection and distribution of creditor payments.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy often has complex and expensive proceedings. There are provisions, however, that help to streamline cases involving small business owners. If a debtor meets all the requirements, there’s no limit to a Chapter 11 plan’s duration, though typical plans are structured for three to five years. The court can extend the time frame of the plan for debtors who need more time to make the required payments.

The approval process for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is generally much more expedient. There’s a set commitment period, however, of three to five years, during which a debtor must relinquish essentially all disposable income to the appointed trustee for distribution among creditors. The commitment period can be shortened, but never extended.

Both Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy provide a way for people struggling with debt to keep their property while reorganizing their debt. Chapter 11 bankruptcy works well for businesses and individuals whose debt exceeds the Chapter 13 bankruptcy limits. In most cases, Chapter 13 is the better choice for qualifying individuals (and sole proprietors).

Choosing the Right Type of Bankruptcy

In many cases, the type of bankruptcy filed will be contingent on two things: Your income and your assets. Your income is important because it may preclude you from filing a simple Chapter 7 case, and your assets are important because if you have nonexempt property, you might lose it in Chapter 7, but can protect it in Chapter 13.

Here are a few scenarios that explore which bankruptcy strategy would be best:

Unemployed Debtors with Few Assets – Chapter 7

Loss of income combined with a large amount of debt is the number one reason people file for bankruptcy. Compounding factors like divorce, medical emergencies, or the death of a family member are also common. Assume that in this scenario the debtor has no income other than unemployment benefits, does not own a home, and has one car with a loan against it.

In cases like this, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the fastest, easiest, and most effective means of getting rid of debt. As a matter of fact, this is the most common bankruptcy case, often called a “no asset” bankruptcy.

Unemployed Homeowners – Upside-Down Mortgage – Chapter 7 or Chapter 13

Homeowners who are experiencing a loss of income also have options under bankruptcy law. For those homeowners whose property value has fallen below the value of the loan against it, Chapter 7 is probably still the best option. Since the value of the home is less than the value of the lien against it, the homeowner has no equity in the bankruptcy estate, so the house is protected from liquidation. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy can quickly relieve them of their obligations to repay unsecured debts, making monthly bills much more manageable.

Unemployed Homeowners – Significant Equity – Chapter 7 or 13

If a homeowner has a significant amount of equity in property, then Chapter 7 may or may not be the best option. If the homeowner’s state exempts a generous amount of home equity, then the home may be safe. But if the state homestead exemption doesn’t cover the equity, the homeowner may lose the home in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The homeowner can keep the home in Chapter 13 bankruptcy if he or she keeps current on the mortgage. Keep in mind though, there must be enough income available from the petitioning household to fund a repayment plan.

Employed Homeowners Facing Mortgage Delinquency or Foreclosure – Chapter 13

For homeowners who have fallen behind on mortgage payments, Chapter 13 offers a way to catch up or “cure” past due mortgage payments while simultaneously eliminating some portion of dischargeable debt. This means they can save the home from foreclosure and get rid of a lot of credit card debt, medical debt, and possibly even second and third mortgages or HELOCs. Chapter 7 bankruptcy does not provide a way for homeowners to make up mortgage arrears.

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Wealthy Petitioners with a Large Amount of Debt – Chapter 11

Very wealthy debtors often need to file under Chapter 11 due to the debt and income limits of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies.

What Is Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 11 allows debtors to reorganize their finances–including reducing payments–while keeping assets. Both businesses and individuals can file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Once started, most collection efforts will stop as a result of bankruptcy’s automatic stay provision. In a Chapter 11 proceeding, a bankruptcy trustee is not appointed to oversee the case. Instead, the debtor handles most duties handled by a trustee in other chapters.

You’ll create a plan of reorganization which explains how you will repay your debt. Unless your case qualifies as a small business case, the plan must be voted on by your creditors and confirmed by the court in order for it to go forward. (Learn more about the Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.) In a business filing, your dischargeable debt (debt that you are no longer responsible for) will be erased once the court confirms your plan. However, you must still act in accordance with any terms set forth by the plan itself. An individual filing for Chapter 11 won’t get the discharge until you have made all payments under the plan. (Learn more about how Chapter 11 bankruptcy works.)

What Is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

In Chapter 13 bankruptcy you keep your property in exchange for paying creditors your disposable income through a three- to five-year repayment plan. Dischargeable debts get erased upon successful plan completion. Many Chapter 13 debtors end up repaying only a small portion of their unsecured debt through the plan, however, it isn’t always the case. The amount of your plan payment will largely depend on your income and the value of your assets. (Learn more about how Chapter 13 bankruptcy works.)

In order to file for Chapter 13, your unsecured debts must be less than $419,275 and your secured debt less than $1,257850 (as of April 1, 2019; $394,725 and $1,184,200 for cases filed after April 2016 but before April 2019). Only individuals (or sole proprietors) can file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Corporations and limited liability companies are not eligible because they are considered separate legal entities. (Read about other eligibility requirements for Chapter 13.)

Once filed, the automatic stay will stop any collection efforts against. Also, a trustee will be appointed to oversee your case. If you are a small business debtor, you can continue to run your business, but you must provide periodic financial and operations reports to the trustee.

Eligibility for Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Virtually anyone can file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, whereas many small businesses are ineligible to file for Chapter 13.

• Chapter 13 eligibility. Chapter 13 is available to individuals with regular income. If you operate your business as a sole proprietorship, you can take advantage of Chapter 13 by filing a petition in your name. Your business debts will be included in your plan. Small companies formed as corporations, partnerships or other entities aren’t eligible for Chapter 13 relief. However, that’s not to say that someone who owns a business can’t file an individual Chapter 13–sometimes it helps. Chapter 13 is also subject to debt limitations, which change periodically. As of April 2019, a filer’s debt can’t exceed $1,257,850 in secured debt and $419,275 in unsecured debt. Learn more about eligibility for Chapter 13 bankruptcy by calling Ascent Law LLC today.

• Chapter 11 eligibility. Almost anyone can file bankruptcy under Chapter 11. Individuals, corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, and limited liability companies are all eligible to be Chapter 11 debtors. There are no debt or income requirements or limitations for filing bankruptcy under Chapter 11.

Why Should I Choose Chapter 11 Over Chapter 13?

Chapter 11 typically makes sense for businesses or individuals who have debt levels that are greater than those allowed in Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Some small business owners can take advantage of streamlined Chapter 11 procedures. To learn more see Nolo’s article Chapter 11 Bankruptcy for Small Business Owners.

Why Should I Choose Chapter 13 Over Chapter 11?

If you qualify to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you’ll likely want to file it rather than a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Some of the advantages of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy over Chapter 11 include:
Co-Debtor Stay in Chapter 13, But Not in Chapter 11
The protection of the automatic stay in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy extends to codebtors. This means that if you and another person are both liable for an account, loan, or other debt, creditors cannot pursue your codebtor for payment during your bankruptcy case. While collection can resume once your Chapter 13 case is over, this will at least give codebtors a reprieve from collection actions for three to five years. Chapter 11 does not provide the same protection to codebtors.

More Debts Are Wiped Out in Chapter 13

You can wipe out additional debts in Chapter 13 than in Chapter 11 which may mean you will ultimately have less debt to repay. For instance, some of the debts you can discharge in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy (but not in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy) include certain marital debts from divorce or settlement agreements and condominium, cooperative and homeowners association fees incurred after the bankruptcy filing date depending on your jurisdiction.

Hardship Discharge Available in Chapter 13

If circumstances prevent you from complying with your plan, you can request a hardship discharge. If granted, you’ll get a discharge without having to complete your plan (not all types of debts will be wiped out, however). You must meet certain criteria in order to qualify. To learn more, call us about a chapter 13 Hardship Discharge.

A hardship discharge is not available in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. If you cannot complete the terms of your reorganization plan your Chapter 11 case will either be dismissed or converted to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Chapter 13 Is Cheaper Than Chapter 11

Chapter 13 is usually less expensive than Chapter 11. This is because:
• the filing fee for Chapter 13 is less costly
• the Chapter 13 process requires less work, and
• the maximum Chapter 13 plan is five years, as opposed to a lengthier Chapter 11 plan.

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If you have a bankruptcy question, or need to file a bankruptcy case, call Ascent Law now at (801) 676-5506. From Chapter 7, 11, 12 to chapter 13, we want to help you. Come in or call in for your free initial consultation.

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West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

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    Here is an example. If уоu wеrе tо аѕk thе average реrѕоn оn thе ѕtrееt tо tеll уоu ѕоmеthіng аbоut thе реrѕоnаl bаnkruрtсу рrосеѕѕ, thеу wоuld lіkеlу mеntіоn thаt thе рrосеѕѕ іѕ a ѕіmрlе wау tо fасіlіtаtе dеbt еlіmіnаtіоn. Thеу mіght аlѕо nеgаtіvеlу rеfеr tо thе рrосеѕѕ since ѕосіеtу hаѕ gеnеrаllу lаbеlеd bаnkruрtсу аѕ a process rеѕеrvеd ѕоlеlу fоr іrrеѕроnѕіblе іndіvіduаlѕ аnd buѕіnеѕѕеѕ. If уоu аѕkеd thеm about thе соѕtѕ аѕѕосіаtеd wіth fіlіng a сlаіm, thеу wоuld рrоbаblу аѕѕumе thаt fіlіng іѕ frее оr rеlаtіvеlу іnеxреnѕіvе. Unfоrtunаtеlу, thіѕ аѕѕumрtіоn іѕ flаt оut іnсоrrесt, аѕ fіlіng a сlаіm саn соѕt ѕеvеrаl thоuѕаnd dоllаrѕ whеn a bаnkruрtсу аttоrnеу is іnvоlvеd.

    Whіlе nоt rеԛuіrеd bу lаw, uѕіng an аttоrnеу in Utah tо аѕѕіѕt wіth thе fіlіng рrосеѕѕ саn оffеr ѕеvеrаl іmроrtаnt аdvаntаgеѕ. Pеrhарѕ thе mоѕt іmроrtаnt аdvаntаgе thаt аttоrnеуѕ in Utah оffеr іѕ thаt thеу рrеvеnt thе dеbtоr frоm hаvіng tо ѕреnd аn іnоrdіnаtе аmоunt оf tіmе рrераrіng аnd fіlіng thе rеԛuіrеd dосumеntѕ. In аddіtіоn tо thіѕ, аttоrnеуѕ in Utah саn аlѕо оffеr іmроrtаnt legal аdvісе аnd саn аlѕо рrоvіdе rерrеѕеntаtіоn, аllоwіng thе dеbtоr tо rеmаіn оut оf thе соurt ѕуѕtеm. Whіlе аttоrnеуѕ рrоvіdе a numbеr оf uѕеful ѕеrvісеѕ tо thе dеbtоr, thеѕе ѕеrvісеѕ саn соmе аt a ѕubѕtаntіаl соѕt. Hоw muсh аrе attorney in Utah fееѕ fоr bаnkruрtсу, уоu аѕk? Thе аvеrаgе bаnkruрtсу claim саn соѕt bеtwееn $1,000 аnd $2,000 dереndіng оn thе ѕресіfіс dеtаіlѕ іnvоlvеd аnd thе tуре аnd rерutаtіоn оf thе fіrmеd uѕеd.

    Bесаuѕе uѕіng an аttоrnеу in Utah соѕtѕ mоnеу, аnd ѕіnсе mоѕt dеbtоrѕ dоn’t hаvе еxсеѕѕ money tо hаnd оut, thеу оftеn lооk fоr сhеар bаnkruрtсу Utаh аttоrnеуѕ. Althоugh gооd сhеар аttоrnеуѕ аrе оut thеrе, wе wоuld саutіоn реорlе аgаіnѕt uѕіng thеm fоr оnе рrіmаrу rеаѕоn. Mаnу оf thеѕе budgеt аttоrnеуѕ wіll not рrоvіdе thе ѕаmе lеvеl оf ѕеrvісе thаt a mоrе rерutаblе fіrm оr іndіvіduаl wіll рrоvіdе. Aftеr аll, thеrе’ѕ a rеаѕоn thаt сеrtаіn fіrmѕ аrе рrісеd lоwеr thаn оthеrѕ, аnd thіѕ uѕuаllу hаѕ tо dо wіth thеіr реrfоrmаnсе оr lасk thеrеоf.

    Fоrtunаtеlу, fіndіng a rерutаblе аttоrnеу іѕ rеlаtіvеlу ѕіmрlе аѕ lоng аѕ уоu’rе wіllіng tо dо a bіt оf rеѕеаrсh bеfоrеhаnd. Onсе уоu’vе lосаtеd a dесеnt fіrm оr individual, it’s uр tо уоu tо rеѕеаrсh thеm uѕіng аn оnlіnе ѕеаrсh еngіnе. Whеn in dоubt, іt’ѕ аlwауѕ bеѕt to ѕtісk wіth a wеll-knоwn fіrm оr оnе thаt hаѕ rереаtеdlу bееn rесоgnіzеd fоr соnѕіѕtеntlу hіgh реrfоrmаnсе. Yоu саn оftеn lеаrn a grеаt dеаl аbоut a fіrm thrоugh аn іnіtіаl соnѕultаtіоn, ѕо іt’ѕ critical thаt уоu dоn’t ѕkір оvеr thіѕ іmроrtаnt ѕtер.

    At thе еnd оf thе dау, dесіdіng whеthеr оr nоt tо hіrе an аttоrnеу in Utah mіght ѕіmрlу соmе dоwn tо thе mоnеу іnvоlvеd. If уоu’rе аlrеаdу bеhіnd іn mаkіng уоur рауmеntѕ, іt mау nоt bе аn орtіоn fоr уоu tо соmе uр wіth thе fееѕ tо рау fоr lеgаl rерrеѕеntаtіоn. If уоu hаvе thе fundѕ, hоwеvеr, hаvіng an аttоrnеу in Utah іn уоur соurt саn рrоvіdе уоu wіth a numbеr оf rеаllу hеlрful аdvаntаgеѕ, in fact, a lot of advantages!

    Conclusion of Why You Should Have a Lawyer

    Hopefully, this brief example shows you why you should have a Utah attorney on your side. If you have a legal question or need help for your issue or case, please call Mike Anderson at (801) 676-5506. Mike is an aggressive lawyer who cares about his clients. You will feel better after talking with Mike.

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