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 recent opinion by Judge Jeff Bohn (Consumer Bankruptcy News – Volume 23, Issue 19) 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.
Clients choose a firm and an attorney for a reason, and clients have a right to be represented by the attorney of their choice during all portions of their case.
The justification for certain consumer bankruptcy attorneys that their business model will not work unless they are allowed to use appearance attorneys HOLDS NO WATER with this Court. If a firm’s business model conflicts with the professional standards of the legal profession, the former must give way to the latter,” the court said.
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???