“No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected.” This is a famous quote by Julius Caesar, and we here at Steidl and Steinberg wholeheartedly agree with the famous Roman emperor. Many of our clients have never had a reason to see an attorney. For many, going to see an attorney can, in fact, be somewhat disconcerting, especially when the issue is related to debt problems. Hopefully, this short article will alleviate some of this anxiety by letting you know exactly what to expect when you step into the Steidl & Steinberg offices.
It is actually easier to begin the discussion with what not to expect at your initial consultation. I am consistently told by my clients that they went to see an attorney for a problem and they walked out feeling worse than when they went in. This isn't because they got bad news from the attorney about their legal situation. It is because they were treated so poorly at the office! This does not happen at Steidl and Steinberg. We pride ourselves on treating all of our clients with the dignity and respect that they rightly deserve at all times. Our clients come to us with debt problems. They want to feel better after meeting with us, not worse.
We Are Attorneys, Not Salesmen
When you come in for your initial consultation, we won’t try to sell you on filing for bankruptcy. The attorneys at my office will go through your entire situation and make a recommendation on how to handle your debt issues. Often times the best solution is bankruptcy. Many times, it is not. If bankruptcy isn't the best option, we will tell you that upfront and make a recommendation as to what we think the best option is, plain and simple.
Finally, don’t expect to pay any money at your initial consultation. We offer a free consultation to all of our clients.
Come Prepared to Answer Some Questions
Moving on to what you can expect at the initial consultation, you can expect a lot of questions from the attorney about your situation. All of the attorneys at Steidl and Steinberg handle the initial consultation a little bit differently, but we all have to know the whole situation before we can begin to make recommendations.
Next, you can expect a little bit of humor. If you have seen our commercials, you know that we here at Steidl and Steinberg like to laugh. If you haven’t seen our commercials, check them out on the resources page of our website. We don’t use humor to make light of anyone’s situation. We take the situations that our clients are in, and the legal work that we do to remedy the problems, very seriously. Most of our clients have been through some very trying situations, the meetings at our office don’t need to compound the feelings of frustration and anxiety. A little humor and laughter can go a long way to that end.
If we think bankruptcy is your best option, you will be informed about what type of bankruptcy is appropriate for your particular situation, what the process will look like from start to finish, a fee will be quoted, and you will be given instructions on what to do next. If we feel that bankruptcy isn't your best bet, we will try to give you some guidance about what we believe is your best option.
Expect to Leave More Informed Than When You Arrived
Despite feelings of relief in knowing your options, you may be a bit overwhelmed with the shear amount of information that you get at the initial consultation. Again, we at Steidl and Steinberg, like Mr. Caesar, don’t particularly like the unexpected. At the initial consultation, we try to give you as much information as we can about your options and the process going forward so that you do know what to expect going forward. If you have additional questions after the initial consultation, all you have to do is call or email the attorney that you met with and they will be happy to answer them for you.
As always, if you are feeling overwhelmed by debt, feel free to call my office for guidance. Hopefully, after reading this article, you know a bit more about what to expect when we meet in person.