Chicago Bankruptcy Alphabet: B is for Bankruptcy Mill

Posted January 16th, 2012 in Blog and tagged , , , by admin

Choosing a Bankruptcy Attorney in Chicago can be a difficult process.  Sometimes you must visit a few offices before you find the one that is right for you.  Also, you may run into an office that seems to process case after case without much attention being given to any one case in particular.  In Chicago, as in much of the country, these kinds of firms are referred to as “Bankruptcy Mills.”

What makes a Bankruptcy Mill Bad?

There are several reasons to be cautious of Bankruptcy Mills in Chicago.  The first, and most important, is the fact that they tend to treat every Bankruptcy like it is a simple case.  As a result, your Bankruptcy will be broken down into its most basic steps, and treated like a factory process.  You will spend very little time meeting with a skilled Bankruptcy Attorney, and most likely vital details will be missed.  Even worse, you may be asked to sign very important paperwork without ever first discussing what it means with your Attorney.

Without attention to detail, your case can turn ugly in an instant, and you can end up being penalized by the Bankruptcy Court.  After all, it is your life that is on the line here.  A Bankruptcy Mill Attorney in Chicago isn’t concerned with making sure your case is done to the best of his or her abilities.  Rather, they only want to move you through the system as fast as possible to ensure the highest profit.

Why Should You Avoid a Bankruptcy Mill?

One thing that I have learned over the years is that every Bankruptcy client that walks through my door has a unique case, and there is no simple case.  Bankruptcy Mills usually create simple system to handle all cases.  This system will not handle the complications that exist in every case, and tends to miss details.  Additionally, Bankruptcy Mills simply do not provide the level of customer care that I believe in.  At a Chicago Bankruptcy Mill, the Attorneys just don’t have the time to devote the attention necessary to every case because you are one case among the hundreds that they handle at once.

In my office, I keep my clients’ satisfaction as a top priority.  There are many reasons for this.  First of all, you are paying me to help you through the process of filing, and I try to educate my clients as we go along.  Second, the more attention I devote to your case and you, the more likely it is that I won’t miss critical details.  This is important, because ignoring detail can result in your case being dismissed or your Discharge being denied.  That spells death for your Bankruptcy case, and you lose all of its benefits.

Seek out a Chicago Bankruptcy Office that Provides One-on-One Representation.

One-on-One Bankruptcy representation in Chicago is not as hard to come by as you may think.  There are many smaller Bankruptcy Attorneys that operate on a smaller scale, and provide the attention you and your case deserve.  In fact, if you are reading this, then you have already found an office that provides that level of attention.  As a sole practitioner who focuses solely on Bankruptcy cases in Chicago and the surrounding areas, I provide a One-on-One style of representation.  A prime difference you will notice right of the bat is that when you call, I am the one who answers the phone.  That is just one example of the care that I provide to my clients and their cases.  So, if you are looking for a Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney, feel free to contact my office today to set up a free consulation.

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