Worthy of Your Hire
The Christian New Testament Bible in Luke 10:1-12 shares the parable Jesus told 70 followers whom he commissioned to go before him and prepare the way for his coming amongst the people. The story compared the 70 followers to laborers in a harvest. Jesus told them not to take anything with them but to bless any house that would receive them. They were not to worry about sustenance along the journey because they were to remain in the house receiving the blessing that would provide them with food and shelter. Jesus sensitively told commissioned followers they were providing a service to the household as laborers and were worthy of the food and shelter as wages for their hire.
From this parable many Christian churches uses these scriptures to justify that Ministers of the Gospel are also worthy of their hire. In effect Ministers, correctly interpreted as servants, are worthy of their wages for providing a service to their churches.
This concept has been taught to me since childhood, and it is certainly applicable to any worthwhile service rendered to you whether you are receiving spiritual service or not.
Lawyers Get Bad Rap
Sometimes, some professional disciplines get a bad rap when it comes to providing a service to a client or customer. Lawyers just might be chief amongst them, especially bankruptcy lawyers. Yes, there is the occasional incompetent like there is an occasional bad apple in any barrel, and yes, the public perception of lawyers has left a lot to be desired, mostly because of jokes told about the legal professionals.
Nevertheless, lawyers are very worthy of their hire, but in the legal realm of Chapter 13 bankruptcy lawyers, their burden of proving worthy usually comes with a risk not associated with many others in the legal field.
Clients usually come to bankruptcy lawyers bankrupt, even though many are employed. It is not uncommon for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy lawyer to take a small retainer, a portion of the agreed total amount the lawyer is being paid for representing the client in a Chapter 13, and then finance the rest of the payment within the plan of the Chapter 13 itself. Sometimes, this can be a huge risk for the bankruptcy attorney practicing such.
Blogger Wants to Stiff Chapter 13 Attorney
One Chapter 13 filer who did not like her bankruptcy lawyer, filed because she wanted to keep her home, but then was dismissed after one Chapter 13 payment. She had decided she no longer wanted the home.
After dismissal, she blogged on a bankruptcy forum website asking whether or not she owed the bankruptcy attorney the rest of the contracted money. The lawyer had already done the bulk of the work devising the Chapter 13 plan for confirmation, but the filed bankruptcy did not ever get to the confirmation hearing before dismissal.
One suggestion made by a blogger on the bankruptcy forum thread was that the filing blogger could file a Chapter 7 and have the debt to the lawyer dismissed. The filing blogger had already stated she could pay the lawyer the rest of his money in full in a few months, but she still was looking at ways to stiff the lawyer because she did not like him.
Whether or not you like a person who provides you a service, you still owe the person payment you have contracted for the service, especially if he has provided the service. It doesn’t matter whether or not it is an unpopular bankruptcy lawyer, the bankruptcy lawyer that provides a service is just as worthy of his hire than if he were a spiritual Minister.
- Vices in a Chapter 13 (betterbankruptcy.com)
- 4 Great Reasons to File a Chapter 7 in Lieu of a Chapter 13 (betterbankruptcy.com)
- Bankruptcy Spectrum and Protecting Individual’s Assets (betterbankruptcy.com)
- Can Filing Pro Se In Bankruptcy Make You a Serial Filer? (betterbankruptcy.com)
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