When you have a job, it's easy to forget the level of financial distress that many people are still under. From the Merc:
Those filing for bankruptcy range from the once well-off caught up in the grip of the recession, to those who were barely getting by and now find themselves unable to do even that. Many filers are people whose careers careened off the tracks as layoffs or cutbacks in hours mounted during the year, or small-business owners who have seen their cash flow plummet.
Cathy Moran, a Mountain View bankruptcy lawyer, said she's seeing people "who may now be back to work at a third to a half of what they were making before, and people in their 50s who have lost jobs and have no expectation they will ever work in their field again."
In a desperate effort to stay afloat and avoid bankruptcy, many people are trying to make a hobby or second skill into a business.
"Horse trainer, hair dresser, selling stuff on eBay -- you name it," said Norma L. Hammes, whose San Jose practice deals with consumer and small-business bankruptcies and who is also a past NACBA president. "It's anything they can figure out that they might be able make a few dollars from. They've got to eat." Full article
The court's Oakland division, which covers Alameda and Contra Costa counties, also set a record, the Merc reports.