We rarely talk about it...

Suicide prevention is one of the purposes of the bankruptcy law. This story in the Washington Post touches on the way the human tragedy of suicide is sometimes related to "rising debt." The surviving spouse here wanted her story told in the neswspapers, so I'm sharing it here, too. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/11/09/im-gonna-lose-everything/?arc404=true

First in cases filed. Last in cases dismissed

For October 2019, I was tied for first among lawyers in Northern Virginia in cases filed. Tied for last (with 15 others) in cases dismissed. That could mean that I do things differently than the other busy bankruptcy lawyers around here. (There are two ways a bankruptcy ends. Discharged means approved. Dismissed, means thrown out.) People nearly always file bankruptcy because they want their case approved (discharged.) Now and then there's a reason why being thrown out (dismissed) is actually ok. With that in mind, you look at this chart. This is a chart of cases dismissed--thrown out--by the bankruptcy court in October 23019. Lawyer Nathan Fisher has 16 cases dismissed; lawyer Tommy Andrew

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