Over 1.6 million personal bankruptcies were filed in the United States in 2003. Bankruptcy lawyers are attorneys that will work on your behalf to assist with the filing of bankruptcy, or protection from bankruptcy. They also assist parties that are owed moneys in collection from parties that are filing bankruptcy. Bankruptcy lawyers will work with you to review the facts at hand, handle proper court procedures and filings, and determine your legal standing and best options. Your bankruptcy attorney will also work to determine if settlements can be made and if avoiding bankruptcy is possible. When selecting a bankruptcy lawyer, be certain to look for a law firm or individual that is devoted to your needs as a client. Your attorney should work as your advocate, taking care of your case in a respectful, caring, professional manner. Also, be sure to seek a bankruptcy lawyer that specializes in personal or business bankruptcies, as is appropriate.