Five Questions To Ask A Lawyer Offering Bankruptcy Services

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Five Questions every Client, Friends or Family Should Ask a lawyer offering Bankruptcy Services: 1. Is the Lawyer Certified by the California State Bar as a Specialist? 2. Has the Lawyer been practicing for 25 years? 4. Has the Lawyer practiced before the 2005 Amendments and each year after? 3. Has the Lawyer been published in Appellate Decisions, Treatises or books on Bankruptcy? 5. Has the Lawyer served as the President of the largest bar association of local consumer bankruptcy lawyers?


If not, and most are not, please have your friends and family give us a call.  Remember, making the right referrals to the right professionals is the most important referral you can give family and friends.


Louis J. Esbin, Esq.

Law Offices of Louis J. Esbin

25129 The Old Road, Suite 114

Stevenson Ranch. CA 91381

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Comments (4)

Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
More opinions than you want to hear about.

What are the possible risks of engaging the services of an attorney who answers no to one or more of the above?  Can you give some details of the significance of each? 

Sep 07, 2010 03:15 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
Avant Garde Residential Management Services - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

What does the number of years have to do if they lawyer is good?

Sep 07, 2010 03:16 AM
Louis Esbin
Law Offices of Louis J. Esbin - Santa Clarita, CA

Of late clients have been coming in for consultations telling me about that lawyers are giving them advice in how they should proceed with their lives, based upon incorrect interpretations of the Bankruptcy Code.

The number of years of experience and whether they have practice both before and after the 2005 Amendments, and continued to practice bankruptcy law can be indicative of their commitment to maintaining the highest level of continuing legal education in this special area of practice.

Being a bankruptcy lawyer today is much like being an emergency room surgeon or triage surgeon at a train wreck.  Each client comes in with a new set of facts.  The more years of experience an attorney has the greater the likelihood that they will have seen similar facts and will know how to proceed.  Also, judges know who has been entrenched in this specialized area of practice.

Being a certified specialist tells the public that the attorney has reached a certain level of experience, passed a rather difficult testing process, and succumbed to the scrutiny of a commission of specialists who review recommendations and the applicant's history.  The time between testing and acceptance can be a two year process.  That says a great deal.

Being a published author or appellate practitioner is indicative of an attorney who is willing to contribute his (or her) expertise to advance the general knowledge of colleagues and judges.  Contributing as an author or appellate counsel requires an attorney to commit to an intellectual debate of legal issues that are scrutinized by an editorial board or appellate court; either of which requires the attorney to choose issues in need of clarification.

I hope this response is helpful.  Lou Esbin

Sep 10, 2010 07:17 PM
Traci Ferguson
San Luis Obispo Realtor & ecoBroker with Patterson Realty - San Luis Obispo, CA
Realtor, EcoBroker, LEED AP

Wow, who knew the background for a Bankruptcy attorney needed to be so extensive. Great info.

Feb 19, 2011 06:49 AM