Did you know the average divorce takes 10 months to complete, and the longer the divorce proceedings, the less likely you are to be happy with the result?
Having a family law attorney who specializes in divorce could be a critical component to finalizing your divorce quickly and increasing your satisfaction with the end result.
Did you know more than 900,000 people filed for bankruptcy in 2014 and approximately a third of those individuals may have ended up with repayment plans requiring up to five years of monthly payments?
Bankruptcy can provide a blank slate but only if you are eligible and file for the correct form of bankruptcy. A good bankruptcy lawyer can guide you through the process and help you avoid costly mistakes.
Divorce and bankruptcy are two times when you don’t want to be without a lawyer.
The money spent on a family law attorney can be money well spent. These professionals take away some of the burden of highly emotional and stressful situations. They will be your ally in the courtroom to help ensure you are getting what it rightfully yours under the law.
Are you wondering if you need a lawyer to file bankruptcy? Then you need to read this from the official United States Courts website:
Individuals can file bankruptcy without an attorney, which is called filing pro se. However, seeking the advice of a qualified attorney is strongly recommended because bankruptcy has long-term financial and legal outcomes. (Emphasis added)
Representing yourself in a bankruptcy case can save you money in the short run but could cost you much more in the long run. For example, if you file for the wrong chapter of bankruptcy,you could be on the hook for repaying thousands of dollars rather than having your debts wiped out.
A bankruptcy lawyer is your advocate. He or she can do all the following:
- Ensure forms are completed properly
- Make sure you don’t miss any deadlines
- Advise whether you’re eligible to have your debts wiped out
- Determine whether you can keep your home, car or other assets
- Prepare you for your court hearing
- Stand by your side throughout the proceedings
With a bankruptcy lawyer, you’re not alone. Someone else is guiding you through the process and working to make a stressful situation a little more bearable.
Whether your goal is to reduce the amount of alimony you pay, maximize your child support or avoid the need for a bankruptcy repayment plan, we want to help you.
In her book “The Myths of Happiness,” psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky writes, “The stress of divorce is equivalent to the stress of experiencing a car crash every day over six months.”
Getting a divorce is bound to cause upheaval, both emotionally and financially. However, having a good support system, including a competent attorney, may help smooth the transition and reduce stress levels.
A divorce attorney can be your ally at a time when you may need an objective perspective.
An attorney can:
- Negotiate a reasonable settlement.
- Evaluate whether to pursue mediation or a court case
- Represent you in court.
- Walk you through mediation.
- Help you avoid costly mistakes.
The average divorce takes 10 months to complete, according to a survey conducted by Nolo.
Do you want to spend 10 months of your life chasing paperwork and responding to requests for information? Or is it worth it to pay someone else to take that responsibility off your shoulders?
Divorce is emotionally charged and highly personal. Your attorney should be someone with whom you feel comfortable discussing private issues.
Fortunately, most divorce attorneys offer free consultations. Interview several lawyers to find the right fit for your personality and circumstances.
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