Giving Thanks – For Bankruptcy!

27 Nov Giving Thanks – For Bankruptcy!

Today I am giving thanks.  I am spending the day with my sons, their wives and children, and my mother-in-law.  We have much to be thankful for.  So why am I giving thanks for bankruptcy and the bankruptcy system?

Every week I meet with dozens of people in financial distress.  They come into my office feeling hopeless and at the end of their rope.  They feel there are no alternatives to their continuing problems.  They see what is happening in our economy, and feel even less hope for themselves and their families.

Almost every time, when they leave my office, they feel hope, often for the first time in months or years.  Why do they feel hope?  Because they know that the bankruptcy laws and the bankruptcy system offers them the possibility of a fresh start, and a financially viable and secure future.

So while those of us who work within the bankruptcy system have gripes about the current bankruptcy laws, and are pushing the new Congress to improve the law, still we should give thanks.  Thanks that people with economic trouble can get help by filing for bankruptcy.

While I am giving thanks, I need to give thanks to the many people who give of themselves to help people to file bankruptcy.  Special thanks go out to the two dozen other members of the Bankruptcy Law Network.  These incredible people have made it their mission to bring accurate and timely information about the bankruptcy system to the many thousands who go to this website for help.

Thanks also go out to the thousands of members of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.  Located in almost every town in the nation, these consumer bankruptcy lawyers provide daily assistance to those in need.

So today, when I give thanks to many things, I am thankful that we have a system that provides help and hope to so many people every day.

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Peter Orville is a bankruptcy lawyer in Binghamton, located in the Southern Tier of New York. He is a member and New York co-chair of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
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