Mission Statement for Savich Law Office – Bloomington Bankruptcy Lawyers
I officially became a lawyer on October 10, 1980 when I was sworn in and admitted to practice law by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indiana. I did not have a job with a law office, but I soon learned that an attorney is never unemployed. You hang out your shingle and you are in business. Over the 32 years since then I have engaged in a highly varied general law practice. I handled divorces, estate planning, criminal matters, business law, civil litigation, real estate closings and title insurance, personal injury cases, environmental law, and even a medical malpractice case. About the time the housing crisis hit and the Great Recession started in 2008, I decided I needed to focus my practice. I had always enjoyed handling bankruptcy cases. The bankruptcy code had recently been amended and it was much more complicated to file a bankruptcy case than it had been. It seemed that if I wanted to keep doing bankruptcy law, I would have to limit my practice and focus on that area of the law. Defending home foreclosure cases is a closely related area. Chapter 13 bankruptcy can sometimes be used as a tool to help a family stay in their home.
I do not consider myself particularly religious, but I have read parts of the Bible and found inspiration there. One passage that has touched me deeply is Matthew 34-40 which says:
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
To me this passage says that if I am helping someone keep their home, I am helping to shelter them and I am doing the right thing. I recently saw a movie about a man who went through a rough period in his life and became homeless. He eventually got an apartment through the Section 8 program and got his life back together. It struck me that what I do is help people who are experiencing financial difficulties keep their homes and get their finances straightened out. They get a fresh start in life.
I feel good about what I do for a living. I’m not doing it just to try to get into heaven. I don’t even know if heaven exists. I am here on this earth now. And I would be happy to help you with your financial problems. That is the mission of this office.