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  • ONE OF the things people in my line of work do (some more than others) is take on uncompensated cases pro bono publico, for the public good, for clients who can’t afford a lawyer.

    I recently took up the cause of a young single father who was out of work, through no fault of his own, and facing foreclosure from Big Bank, which held the mortgage on his house. My client went overboard trying to work something out with Big Bank so he could save his home. But every time he sent Big Bank the financial statements, tax returns, bank statements and other crap Big Bank demanded, Big Bank claimed it never received them...

    And pressed on with foreclosure, like a hippopotamus through a flock of ducks.

    I spent quite a few hours putting together a bankruptcy petition, so that this young man could at least come under the protection of the Court and hold Big Bank at bay while he looked for work and tried to get his financial house in order.

    I had the papers all ready to file last Monday, and planned to call him into the office to review and sign. When I arrived, there was a phone message from this young man’s mother...

    The previous Friday evening, he’d hanged himself with his belt in the cellar doorway.

    I’m sure Big Bank doesn’t give a shit.

    It devastated his 13-year-old son.

    Now I understand how a caring physician feels when he or she loses a patient...

    Helpless and angry at how uncaring the universe really is, damn it all to hell.
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