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  • "Valerie went way above & beyond to be helpful and make sure everything was clear.  She's a real spitfire!  Steve & Patti were very professional. Thank you for completing my bankruptcy!  I know it wasn't an easy one." 
             – Ken H., Woodland Park, CO 12.28.13

  • “Patti was so sweet and helpful. And that Valerie...as soon as she heard about my garnishment, she got things moving quickly.  She's quite a go-getter!  My attorney, Mr. Stratman made this process seem very simple, and he was very helpful. ” 
                   – Karie & Glen,  Colorado Springs, CO  05/17/14

  • "I love you Patti!  You mad the process doable for me. And Steve, you were fantastic!  You worked with me and educated me when no one else did.  I enjoyed your leve of professionalism " 
         – JoAnn S.,Highlands Ranch, CO   05.18.14

  • " I love Valerie! She's so friendly with a great attitude...and very helpful.  It was so nice to have someone like Mr. Swift that was so experienced in all areas. " 
            – Jessica W.,  Colorado Springs , CO   05.12.14

  • "Stephen Swift is a wonderful and awesome man.  I will remember him in the future! :)  Both Patti & Valerie are wonderful ladies to talk to.  I rate this place a 10.  I would recommend them to anyone else I knew who was in my situation. "  – Connie L, Colorado Springs  6.26.14

  • "What can I say about Mr. Swift? He is the greatest.  A fighter for the client! Cris was a "jack of all trades"...an excellent listener, and she answers questions promptly.  Patti & Valerie were both very friendly and knowlegeable. I rate my experience with this firm a 10!" 
          – Coleen S,  Colorado Springs  4.29.15

  • "Everyone was very knowledgeable, organized and friendly!  We learned a lot from Mr. Swift.  Our case went very smooth, and it was filed quickly.  We appreciate that!" 
       – Francisco & Rebecca, Colorado Springs 03.19.15

  • "Everyone I came into contact with at Swift Law Firm was friendly and professional.  They also went above & beyond inbeing helpful!"  – Christopher, Colorado Springs  03.23.15

  • " Mr. Swift, not only did you work to get us a home during our bankruptcy, you also got our bankruptcy from 5 years to under 3 years.  Amazing! Thank you for looking at our case.  We are so grateful!   " 
                –Nicole W.,  Canon City, Colorado  09.14.14

  • " Great service!  Staff is extremely helpful & attentive!  I highly recommend Swift Law Firm to anyone needing bankruptcy service/advice. Patti & Cris were always professional and courteous and a pleasure to talk to.  Mr. Swift is an excellent attorney.  He is very knowledgeable about bankruptcy law and how it pertains to each individual. Great to work with.  Thank you Patti, Cris & Steve!  "    –Tonya  H.,  Colorado Springs, CO   09.08.14

  • " Your law firm is the best, and I can't thank you enough for being willing to go above and beyond to help me with my financial situation! Patti is always so nice, and Mr. Swift is AWESOME!  " 
          –Denise L. , Colorado Springs, CO  07.24.14

  • " Dearest Mr. Swift & staff, I just wanted to say thank you very much.  You all have been wonderful!  Bless you for doing your jobs with honesty and integrity.  Hard qualities to find these days! Especially in attorneys.  You are the best!  I will keep in touch, just to pester you.  Ha Ha  –Yolanda S.,  La Veta, Colorado  11.01.14

  • " Very nice people to work with! I would recommend them to anyone I know that was in my situation. Mr. Swift is very friendly, and he made us feel very comfortable.  Thank you! "  –Brenda H., Colorado Springs, CO 12.03.14

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    “I would rate my overall experience at the firm as a ten!  Patti was very nice & helpful, and Valerie was very knowledgeable!  They    gave me multiple options for my situation and helpful email reminders.  My attorney, Jon Stratman was very kind and gave me helpful guidance throughout the process.”   – anonymous




  • "Anyone looking for a highly respected bankruptcy lawyer, I definitely recommend Stephen H. Swift Law Firm. Everyone there is so friendly and so helpful. They make it easy to pay for your bankruptcy and are pretty affordable. My reason for highly recommending them is because they go above and beyond for you. They are very sympathetic with the situation you are in. They always have your back. Especially one person in-particular on her day off, will call and handle any creditor that is harassing you. My bankruptcy has been filed and discharged for almost a little over a year now and I will get a phone call every once in a while and I just call them and they take care of it at no cost to me. Valerie, Patty and Stephen I am and always will be grateful for you. Thank you again for all you've done. I love Stephen H. Swift Law Firm.  " 
         – Kathy Garcia., Burlington, CO   09.10.15

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21 Feb 2015

Tips for Hiring a Bankruptcy Lawyer Featured

That's it, you've had it! After struggling for months, or even years, to pay your debts, you are ready to consider filing for bankruptcy. The time has come to find a bankruptcy lawyer but you have no idea what to look for, or which questions to ask. It's not uncommon to see a bankruptcy attorney advertise on television. Some even advertise on billboards, but you can't be sure. It might be awkward to ask friends and family for a recommendation, so most people opt for an online search.


Believe it or not, a lot can be learned just by reading through an attorney's web site, but you shouldn't stop there. Filing for bankruptcy is pretty serious and it requires the right representation. Here are some ways to find, and then select, the best bankruptcy lawyer for you.

Look for signs of professionalism

Before you get started, it makes sense to check in with some professional organizations. Membership in organizations such as the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, is a good indication that the firm or attorney is up to date on the latest developments. Once you locate a few members in your area, visit the web site for your state's bar association and check their certification. Most states will have special certification requirements for practicing bankruptcy law. A certification is given when the lawyer has been practicing for a minimum number of years and spends at 50 percent of the time on bankruptcy cases. A peer review and a passing score on a written exam will also be required.

Credentials and association memberships will give you the assurance that an attorney has all the practical knowledge necessary to help you, even if your case gets complicated. It will also tell you that the attorney takes professionalism seriously.

Prepare to interview a few bankruptcy lawyers

After you have found a few firms or lawyers that look interesting, take a look at their web sites. They should include a clearly written statement of educational information about bankruptcy, plus financial forms that you can download and in preparation for filing.

Schedule a few appointments and as for a free consultation. It may be tempting to go with the first one you like, but plan on seeing more than one. You should feel perfectly comfortable with the attorney and confident in his or her abilities. To save time, complete any forms you find on the web site and bring them along. Bring a list of questions you might have and use the same list of questions with each attorney. The answers you get may help you determine which one to hire.

What should you look for in a bankruptcy lawyer?

While professionalism and rapport are important, it is also essential that you trust the person you hire. Look for the following qualities during your initial consultation.

Do they discuss with you the alternative bankruptcy solutions? For example, an attorney should tell you that a Chapter 7, or complete cancellation of eligible debts, isn't the only answer. Other options should be explored whenever possible, such as credit counseling or negotiation with creditors. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy might also be on the table if you have enough income to support at least some of your liabilities, or if you own property that could be seized in a Chapter 7 filing. It is important to understand the full range of possible resolutions before making a decision that you could later regret.

Does the attorney express a passion for his or her profession? It is important that your lawyer is personally involved and enthusiastic about the process. Many attorneys find their work rewarding and fascinating. Find out what drove them to specialize in bankruptcy law and listen carefully to the response. To be honest, there are few other practice areas where an attorney can do so much good for a client in such a short period of time.

Do they listen to you closely and understand your situation? Declaring bankruptcy can be a painful decision and there are plenty of emotions involved. You will want an empathetic attorney who is interested in helping you reach your goals, but who also shows a willingness to ask you probing questions. If the lawyer doesn't ask you how you about your biggest concerns, or what got into your financial predicament, he or she may not be viewing you as an individual. You should walk out of your meeting feeling like the attorney really wants to help you.

Stephen H. Swift

Managing Attorney
Law Office of Stephen H. Swift, P.C.

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