Stand-in Lawyers do not hold water in some courts and certainly not in My Practice. Whenever you are looking to hire a NJ bankruptcy lawyer (Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Lawyer), you deserve to know who you will be representing you. Trusting your case to the best bankruptcy lawyer is important. You have taken the time to interview what you believe is the best bankruptcy lawyer, you should have this attorney from start to finish on your case. This is an important question you should ask when you interview your bankruptcy lawyer.
I never send someone to stand in on any of my bankruptcy cases. You hire me, I meet with you, work through your case, attend all hearings/court proceedings and follow the case to completion.
In a opinion by Judge Jeff Bohn, he stated:
“The use of appearance attorneys deprives clients….Such a practice is insulting to the client, the Court, and the principles upon which the judicial system is built. Attorneys are not fungible. Attorneys are not all equal to each other, either in their courtroom abilities, their understanding of the law, or in their communicative skills.”
This has been the opinion of many bankruptcy judges.
Clients choose a firm and a lawyer for a reason. Clients have a right to be represented by a lawyer of their choice during all portions of their case.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Petitions – New Format Client Chooses
Currently, in new filings in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy cases, a client must be informed whether there will be substitute lawyers. You can stipulate in the new Chapter 13 Petition form that you do not want a stand-in/appearance attorney.
However, certain consumer bankruptcy lawyers state that their business model will not work unless they are allowed to use appearance lawyers or stand-in lawyers. That HOLDS NO WATER with many courts and judges. If a firm’s business model conflicts with the professional standards of the legal profession, the former must give way to the latter.
When Looking for the Best Bankruptcy Lawyer near you:
Be sure to ask when you interview or have your first meeting with a lawyer(s), who will be handling my case?
- An assistant,
- Another attorney,
- Appearance/Stand-in lawyer,
- A Board Certified Bankruptcy Lawyer??
Call me today to schedule a free bankruptcy consult: I am Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyer. You hire me and I stay with you from start to finish.