February 14, 2014
As I have pointed out before, I never send someone to stand in on any of my bankruptcy cases nor do I ever pass on your file to someone else to complete. When you hire me, I meet with you, work through your case, attend all hearings/court proceedings and follow the case to completion. It is important that I know your case in detail when working with you.
In a recent case (Bankr. E.D. Va. January 14, 2014), it came to the attention of the Court that the attorney or whoever they had completing the Bankruptcy petition did not render good legal services to their client.
The debtor’s attorney’s fees and costs had to be paid back to the client due to his “sloppy” work. The attorney or his office in this case even failed to advise the debtor of creditor counseling requirements. In addition, the filing was unsigned and the schedules were not verified by the attorney.
In another case (Bankr.N.D. Tex. January 10, 2014) an attorney was barred from bankruptcy practice for 24 months for allowing another person to enter the bankruptcy petition data using his account.
An attorney is not permitted to let someone use his/her sign-in passwords or accounts. The actual person who inputs and uses the database must be the attorney.
More and more Courts are realizing that Law is not a field where you pass out your work for someone else to do.
I agree fully. Be sure to ask when you interview or have your first meeting with an attorney, who will be handling my case?
- An assistant,
- Another attorney
- Appearance attorney???