Where can a senior get legal advice about bankruptcy?

1 answer | Last updated: Oct 06, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

Do you have anywhere a senior can go to get legal advice such as bankruptcy information?

Expert Answers

Barbara Repa, a Caring.com senior editor, is an attorney, a journalist specializing in aging issues, and the author of Your Rights in the Workplace (Nolo), now in its 10th edition.

For better and sometimes for worse, there is no shortage of services and experts claiming that they can help seniors with bankruptcy issues.

If you're looking for a lawyer for advice, it is best to consult someone who is local and experienced. While this sounds trite, it's essential, since most legal referral websites do not vet those they list according to true expertise and experience. You will also want someone who fits your style, whether that may be warm and fuzzy or strictly no-nonsense.

You may be able to locate someone who fits your needs through referrals from friends or relatives"”still the most tried and true method. But if not, contact the local Area Agency on Aging at www.caring.com/local/area-agency-on-aging. Representatives there should be able to put you in touch with experienced local experts.

Ask for the names of a few lawyers. Then interview each of them, asking questions about fees and fit as you comparison-shop.