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FAQ's-Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Virtual Bankruptcy Assistant?
A virtual bankruptcy assistant (or VBA), is a highly skilled legal assistant who specializes in drafting Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 debtor bankruptcy petitions for consumer bankruptcy attorneys on an outsourced basis. Bankruptcy petition outsourcing is a proven method for increasing law firm efficiency AND profits.
How will U.S. Petition Works Save Me TIME?
We will save your bankruptcy law firm time by taking on the time-intensive tasks of researching and collecting due diligence supporting data, phone follow-up with debtor(s) and drafting the petition. This frees you and your staff up to concentrate on growing your practice and managing a higher volume of clients, thereby expanding your reach and increasing the impact of your work. Use the extra time for whatever you want... grow your business, travel, spend more time with family...you decide. We save our attorney clients an average of 7 hours of office time per debtor case, increase profits by an average of 46%, and reduce debtor calls to the law firm by up to 75%.
How will U.S. Petition Works Save Me MONEY and Make Me More Profitable?
We are not paid an hourly wage or annual salary, but rather, per petition that we prepare, so we complete your Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions at a fraction of the cost you would pay your staff to perform the same task. For about the same percentage of the total bill that you would tip at lunch, you can outsource the completion of petitions to experts without office distraction delays and overhead costs.
How Does the Process Work?
To view the detailed step-by-step process, you can go to Get Started page, all you need to do is download our Client Intake Forms, have your next bankruptcy client complete them, review them for missing information and get them to us by fax or email, along with the credit counseling certificates and the last 6 (six) months pay stubs or proof of income. After we receive this information, we will contact you to briefly review the case before drafting the bankruptcy petition, and agree on an appropriate fee, if one has not already been agreed upon. Once the petition has been drafted, (normally within 24-48 hours), we will deliver the draft to you for review. After we have made any changes you request and you have approved the bankruptcy petition, we will send the final petition to you and the debtor ready for filing.
How Long Does it Take to Draft a Petition?
We strive to complete the petition drafting within 24 hours of receiving the completed Client Intake Forms, credit counseling certificate(s), and pay stubs or proof of income. However, the amount of time it takes to obtain any missing or additional information needed to prepare the petition properly, is the primary factor that determines the turnaround time for the final petition. We are available in the evenings and Saturdays to make certain that your bankruptcy outsourcing needs and the needs of your clients are being met.
Is outsourcing bankruptcy petition preparation considered sharing fees?
No. We are providing a service to your bankruptcy law firm. Just like any other contractor, we are paid by your firm, NOT by the client.
What about Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL)?
U.S. Petition Works is an independent contractor, working under the direction of attorneys nationwide. Any contact we have with your clients will be under your direction and only to obtain information that you have approved. The client will be informed that we are not attorneys and we are calling on your behalf, to obtain information needed to complete their bankruptcy petition. If clients ask questions, they will be reminded that we are not attorneys, but that we will make a note of their questions to pass along to you, their attorney. Any email communication with the client will include a carbon copy to you. All bankruptcy petitions will contain the attorney’s name, law firm information, and bar number. Our company name does not appear on any part of the petition. All client and attorney information is held in strictest confidence.
How Do You protect Client’s Personal Information?
Client communication is under your direction, we follow the strictest guidelines to ensure their information is secure. Upon completion of each case we send you all the information and documentation of the case. We do not store cases for more than 30 days after they are filed, unless otherwise agreed upon with you.
Is your work guaranteed?
Absolutely! You have our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are ever dissatisfied, we will do everything in our power to make it right. If for some reason we can’t resolve your issue, then no payment is due for our services regarding the unresolved matter. Please note that any petition prepared by U.S. Petition Works that is filed with the court constitutes your approval of our bankruptcy processing services.
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