Wednesday, February 3, 2010

How do you find a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney in Oregon?

Many people know that it may be a good idea to speak to an attorney regarding their debt relief options, including bankruptcy but don't know where to start. There are a lot of good attorneys out there, but you will want to find one that can help your specific situation and has experience in the matter that you want resolved.

Here are some ideas on how you can go about finding an attorney to help with a bankruptcy:

Ask family or friends for a bankruptcy attorney referral. If you know someone who has filed bankruptcy in Oregon ask them about their experience with their attorney. Hopefully they had a good experience and can recommend their attorney to handle your case.

Ask a family member or friend if they know any other attorneys that do other areas of the law. Often times good attorneys are networked with other attorneys in specific areas. So, if your family had a good business or family law attorney maybe that attorney can point you in the right direction to a good bankruptcy attorney in your area.

Do some online research. Many attorneys can be found on the internet and have bankruptcy related material on their websites. Lots of attorneys post bio's on their sites so you can get a feel for the attorney's experience, etc.

Check with your employer. Some larger employers have referral programs for employees who need legal assistance and may be able to provide a referral for you.

Check with the Oregon State Bar. The Oregon State Bar has an attorney referral program, so you can contact the bar to explain your situation and get a referral that way. The Oregon State Bar is found online at

Once you have found an attorney who can help with your specific problem you will want to schedule a consultation with the attorney to go over your specific issues and legal problems. Many times you will know by meeting with an attorney if you will feel comfortable working with this attorney on your bankruptcy matter. If you don't, you may want to look for another attorney or two to get a second or third opinion.

For more information about our bankruptcy firm, visit our website at We offer free initial consultations and practice exclusively in the area of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy.