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By Nancy Rapoport

Beware the bankruptcy lawyer wanna-bes.

My hubby, who’s also a lawyer, recently forwarded me an email that began with these two rather optimistic lines:

You May Not Have to Refer Your Client to Another Attorney.

The Bankruptcy Road Map [W]ill Guide You through Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases.

Yikes!  I know that bankruptcy law is trendy these days, and there’s a crushing workload for consumer lawyers, given the nation’s financial distress.  But non-bankruptcy lawyers who think that they can just pick up a book, read it from cover to . . .

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