How To Negotiate Rates with New York Bankruptcy Lawyers
Posted By Price Law Group
Can you reduce you attorney fees? How much does bankruptcy really cost if you hire an attorney?
Lawyer prices vary in terms of time involved, how experienced the lawyer is, how fast the lawyer is, if you are hiring a big name firm or a smaller firm, and availability and time.
Experience proves many things, and it does often require a higher fee. On the other hand, you may get a quote much less from an experienced bankruptcy attorney in New York than one who’s less experienced. It may take longer for the latter lawyer to get to your case, for example. Also, sometimes experienced bankruptcy attorneys can do things faster, or do most of the work in a shorter time frame.
If one lawyer is inundated with more cases than another, he or she may be able to get your case through much faster. Of course, the courts don’t revolve around this, but you may get a good deal. On the other hand, spending more time on the case may be worthwhile. There may be details in the case overlooked in the rush to get you a lower fee in a shorter time frame. This is subjective, but it bears consideration.
If you hire a lawyer from the State Bar of New York directory who has a small office, or if you hire a New York firm with dozens of attorneys, you may wonder if that effects price. Once again, it can be subjective. You may get a lower fee from the big firm, with the promise you’re case will be handled by a highly experienced lawyer but completed by a less experienced one. This is often a trick to get you to sign up. In many cases, the bankruptcy will take longer.
If you choose a smaller firm or a single bankruptcy lawyer, they may charge you more, but spend more time on your case. Or they could have openings and charge you less. It varies, but it shows that you should work beyond just referrals and lawyer websites. You should query several experienced New York bankruptcy attorneys in your area.
Can you reduce the price?
Yes, some lawyer fees are negotiable. It’s again dependent on the lawyer. In some cases, the fee will be non-negotiable, being the same fee everyone gets that’s posted online and in the contract. But really, if you’re filing bankruptcy an experienced attorney who wants to help can negotiate 1) how you pay and 2) how much. Some may not be willing to negotiate fees, but will negotiate how you pay them over time. Some might be willing to lower your fee if they see you cannot afford them and will have to hire someone else.
Where to Start
The State Bar of New York and New York law firms are online, and showcase many options. Be thorough, querying as many as you can. And look for the right fit.
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