People filing bankruptcy don't have a lot of money; I get it. This is something that I have known for the 20+ years I have been doing this type of work. For this reason, price is a key factor for anyone shopping for a bankruptcy lawyer. The irony is, it shouldn't be.
This was brought home to me recently as a couple of callers asked me why I charge more than other attorneys they have talked to. Basically, what they were really asking was, why should I pay you more than the other guy for essentially the same service? The answer is, because it is NOT essentially the same service!
Why the Cheaper Fee Isn't the Best Deal
There are so many hours in the work day, and as such, only so much time an attorney can spend on the cases he is handling. For a bankruptcy attorney, this means a finite amount of money he can make for the cases he takes on in the course of a year. Beyond that, if he takes on more work, he needs to hire staff to handle the overflow.
Discount bankruptcy lawyers make money on volume, so the more cases he takes on, the less time he has to work on any one of them. But his overhead to run his business is still the same, so if he charges less for his work, he has less money to hire competent, experienced staff to take up the slack.
Ultimately, this results in poorer customer service and attention to detail in your case, as your attorney tries to handle more and more in the same amount of time.
Why the Higher Fee Has More Value
Although I am not the cheapest bankruptcy attorney in the Gloucester County, New Jersey area, I am not the most expensive, either. As I do not rely on volume to make enough money to pay my bills, I can take fewer cases, and give each one the personalized attention it deserves. Want to know what my clients think? Then check out these testimonials.
Filing bankruptcy is a turning point in your life. It is serious, and for many it is rather scary. People need to know that they can talk to their attorney with questions that are keeping them up at night without wallowing in voicemail Hell or being shunted off to an underpaid, overworked, inexperienced paralegal.
So What Do I Do?
If you live in the Gloucester County New Jersey area and are looking for an attorney who is approachable, knowledgeable, and has the requisite time to give YOUR case the attention it deserves, feel free to call me at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site for a free consultation in my Woodbury office to discuss your case.
If you are looking for more information about bankruptcy, then download my free book,Top Questions People Ask About Filing Bankruptcy in New Jersey.