How To Effectively Communicate With Your Bankruptcy Attorney
Many clients understand that effective communication with the bankruptcy attorney is vital to the success of their bankruptcy. Without successful communication the filing of a bankruptcy petition can be delayed. More drastically, poor communication can lead to a bankruptcy petition that does not accurately reflect assets, debts, transactions, etc. Despite the importance of successful communication, some clients and bankruptcy attorneys do not adopt measures to safeguard effective communication.
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The Problem With Phone Calls and Letters In Bankruptcy
Many clients and bankruptcy attorneys assume that phone calls and letters will be sufficient forms of communication. However, debt-avoidance actions taken during bankruptcy can inhibit the success of these forms of communication. Take phone calls for instance. Your bankruptcy attorney will call you several times before your bankruptcy petition is filed with the court. If you are screening your phone calls to avoid debt collectors, there is an increased chance that your attorney’s phone calls will not reach you. In this instance, the common debt-avoidance tactic of screening phone calls will decrease the utility of the phone as the primary communication medium between attorney and client.
Email Is A Great Method of Communication In Bankruptcy
The solution to effective communication between you and your bankruptcy attorney is to adopt alternative communication methods. Your bankruptcy attorney should have gathered your email address and asked you what other confidential communication methods you use. In bankruptcy, the use of email, and your commitment to frequently check it, can greatly increase the effectiveness of attorney-client communication in bankruptcy. Email communication is fast, cheap, confidential, and does not have to be screened like phone calls. Consequently, both attorney and client should exchange email addresses from the outset of representation and establish alternative forms of communication.