Researching Bankruptcy On The Web

Legal issues, and bankruptcy questions in particular, are frequently complex and individual.

The Internet is terrific for making information available easily and inexpensively.

It is not, however, equally appropriate for providing personalized legal advice for netizens.

 Beware of acting on responses posted on internet legal bulletin boards.  There are a lot of people posting “answers” to questions who apparently have neither training nor experience, and are promulgating information that is just flat wrong!

Use the internet to gather information, get perspective, and stimulate your thinking. BUT before you make any decision about your legal affairs, even if the decision is to do nothing, get real legal advice from an experienced lawyer. Cathy on how to use internet legal resources.

Why not by email?

  • Email cannot replace the question and answer, give and take of a conversation between attorney and client.  Without all the facts, legal advice may be not only worthless, but dangerous.  Getting all the relevant facts is what good lawyers are trained to do;  what seems irrelevant or even forgotten to the client may be central to a legal issue from the lawyer’s perspective.
  • Lawyers are licensed by each state, to practice in that state, and with respect to the law of that state.  Even though the bankruptcy law is federal law, many of the rights that the bankruptcy law affects are created by state law.  It is a violation of law for a lawyer to provide advice in a state where the lawyer is not licensed.

The information contained here is intended to be educational only:  it is not legal advice nor does it create an attorney client relationship between the viewer and the firm.  You should consult with a bankruptcy attorney licensed to practice in your state for advice about your particular situation.  See Law on the Internet.

About the Author
Northern California bankruptcy lawyer Cathy is a 30+ year veteran of bankruptcy practice in the Silicon Valley. She is known for energetic representation of clients and her command of bankruptcy law.