Memorial Day and how bankruptcy affects soldiers

May 28, 2012
By Christopher Hewitt on May 28, 2012 7:10 PM |

Today is memorial day and a day to reflect on how people in uniform give back to our country by facing the ultimate sacrifice. Being a bankruptcy attorney in the coachella valley I have assisted many clients who serve in the 29 Palms area. I always take there cases for the cheapest that I will do any bankruptcy for which leaves me very little if any profit after you take all of my expenses into consideration. That charge is $1000 dollars for attorney fees. I am always amazed that the people who are willing to go to war and move there families all over the country are paid a low as they are and yet still come into the army many time with car repossessions and other debt problems. I recently had a client that makes a net pay $1500 a month but spends close to 900 to service an unsecured debt load. He had a wife and a child as well. Fortunately for him he only had to not pay his creditors for a month and he had my fee taken care of. Some people who have called me talk to their superior officers who tell them that bankruptcy can have potential clearance and security issues in their future and seem to try to dissuade them from a law that is here to benefit all citizens.

To me its not fathomable to try to keep someone living in poverty over mistakes they have made in the past or just the effects of the economy which have seen people left with bad 2nd mortgages after foreclosure or job loss leading to not being able to make good on car financing contracts etc. In my experience I have filed bankruptcy for managers of city's, heads of police departments, multi-million dollar business creators. They have all used the bankruptcy code to their benefit so to see people in uniform dissuaded from using bankruptcy is something that I don't agree with. If you are military and stationed in Twenty-nine palms please call me for a fair evaluation of how bankruptcy can effect you. Call an experienced Riverside County Bankruptcy Attorney. You'll be glad you did. Happy memorial day and thank you for your service.