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Chicago Bankruptcy Question: Where can I research Chicago bankruptcy lawyers?

Chicago Bankruptcy Questions of the Day: Where can I research Chicago bankruptcy lawyers?  So you are looking for a bankruptcy lawyer in Chicago and want to do a little research before scheduling an appointment with them.  Good for you.  Too many people simply call the first lawyer that they are contacted by of the first that they see online, when that attorney may not be their best option.  Hopefully you already read yesterdays blog, "How do I find a good bankruptcy lawyer in Chicago?" and have an idea as to what you are looking for.  There are several excellent online resources for researching bankruptcy attorneys in Chicago, including the following:

The American Board of Certification (ABC): The American Board of Certification (ABC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public and improving the quality of the bankruptcy and creditors' rights law bars.  The ABC is sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America and can be found at  You can search for a certified consumer bankruptcy specialist in your area and know that you will be dealing with a well qualified and experienced bankruptcy attorney.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB):  The Better Business Bureau's sole purpose is to create an ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other.  Found at, the Better Business Bureau gives a letter grade to business based on 16 separate factors including customer complaints and resolutions, time in business, licensing, ethical practices, etc.  If a company has a poor grade, you may want to look elsewhere.

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee (ARDC):  The mission of the ARDC is to promote and protect the integrity of the legal profession, at the direction of the Supreme Court, through attorney registration, education, investigation, prosecution and remedial action.  Found at, here you can research individual attorneys to see if any disciplinary action has been taken against them, ensure that they remain in good standing in Illinois and whether or not they maintain malpractice insurance.

The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA):  NACBA is the only national organization dedicated to serving the needs of consumer bankruptcy attorneys and protecting the rights of consumer debtors in bankruptcy.  Formed in 1992, NACBA now has more than 4,000 members located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  Found at, here you can find member attorneys in your area. 

Online Reviews:  While not necessarily the most accurate resource, you can still gather some good information from online reviews of law firms and lawyers.  Simply search under "(name of firm) reviews" or "(name of firm) complaints" and see what other people are saying about the firm.  You can learn a lot from past customer experiences with their lawyers.

This list is certainly not exclusive and there are many other resources available, but these are the preeminent ones when searching for a qualified and experienced bankruptcy attorney.  After doing your research, you should have a short list of attorneys that you want to contact.  What should happen in that initial contact is the subject of tomorrow's blog.

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