Jackson Bankruptcy Lawyer
Michael has assisted thousands of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 consumer debtors in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi. In addition to representing consumers before the Bankruptcy Court, Michael has considerable experience with civil lawsuits against finance companies, banks, mortgage companies and other lenders who engage in predatory lending practices, having obtained some of the largest settlements in the nation for these types of "predatory lending" cases. Michael graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics, and received his law degree "with distinction" from Mississippi College where he was a member of the Mississippi College Law Review. He is nearing completion of his M.B.A. degree as a graduate student at the Else School of Management at Millsaps College. Mr. Pond has also studied at Tulane University Law School. Michael is a Lifetime Member of the Mississippi Trial Lawyer's Association as well as the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
Want to check lawyer discipline?
It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:
- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.