Chicago lawyer with $225,000 in debt has reason to hope

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Aukse Rimas of Chicago is a trial attorney with a big new raise and a promising career.

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Anonymous

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Mar 11, 2009
 
Nowhere in the article or her replies has she asked for a hand-out or for people to feel sorry for her.
No one knows her whole situation but her. She is taking full responsibility for her actions and is taking steps to correct that made clear in the article and her posts here.
Lay off the ridiculous assumptions and unnecessary name calling.
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#95
Mar 11, 2009
 
"Nowhere in the article or her replies has she asked for a hand-out or for people to feel sorry for her.
No one knows her whole situation but her. She is taking full responsibility for her actions and is taking steps to correct that made clear in the article and her posts here."

She wrote the Tribune asking for help to get her interest rates lowered, whereas other people are expected to pay the full rates. Do you think the banks will just eat the lost profits? They will pass them on to other customers (or the taxpayers).
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#96
Mar 11, 2009
 
Jake wrote:
She wrote the Tribune asking for help to get her interest rates lowered, whereas other people are expected to pay the full rates. Do you think the banks will just eat the lost profits? They will pass them on to other customers (or the taxpayers).
Lowering interest rates does not equal getting a hand-out. Anyone can call their credit card company to get their interest rates lowered. In her posts on here she even mentions that she had in fact gotten a few interest rates lowered, including a student loan. The Trib helped with the companies that weren't willing to talk to her about it. If she is making her payments on time then why would lowering her interest rates be so out of the question?
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Mar 11, 2009
 
Jake wrote:
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I would rather an animal lover pay the vet bill of someobe who is indigent or laid off, not an employed lawyer who can pay it eventually but would rather just whine.
Nice thought. But I doubt someone who is indigent would have a credit card to pay the vet up front for the treatment. The person who is laid off can't afford to add to a credit card balance and any savings would need to go to necessities. More than likely, a sick pet in those circumstances would have to be put down. She extended her credit to save her pets' life. Her heart was in the right place. Like I said, I hope some animal lover will come along and help out.
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#98
Mar 11, 2009
 
The whole country is full of indigent people with credit cards. Catherine sounds like a relative of Aukse.
Help Her

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Mar 12, 2009
 
Catherine why dont you pay her vets bill?
Perry Gold

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#100
Mar 12, 2009
 
Auskie who is 29 years old and relatively inexperienced is very lucky to find a job as attorney at $75,000.00. She's smart enough to get through law school and smart enough to pass the bar, she should be able to manage her finances better. There are plenty of attorneys who for no fault of their own are unable to find a job that pays an average salary let alone the high salary she is given. The media should use an attorney who for no fault of their own is in financial trouble and not someone who is lucky and then chooses to go in to debt. While I wish her well, I do not empathize with her one bit. These are times when responsible people are hit.
They take on a moderate amount of debt--then they are laid off or they have medical bills. Why feature someone who is lucky, receives a high salary, and racks up a huge debt by (and this is admitted in the article) poor choices.
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#101
Mar 12, 2009
 
Salery wrote:
My salary per year is $77,000 with benefits and pension and that is with a high school diploma.
...and your point is? You will probably be stuck at that salary ... for the rest of your life. She, however, has the capacity to make a lot more over her lifetime.
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Mar 12, 2009
 
Mark wrote:
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First, this is not a blog and the commenters are not bloggers. Second, how shallow to assume that everyone who critcizes this woman is uneducated. On what do you base that assumption? Is that how you practice law? Or does your "God" tell you these things?
I don't think he was being shallow, but just trying to encourage this attorney, who *IMO* has been unjustly slammed in the comment section of this article.
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#103
Mar 12, 2009
 
You can say that she is being unjustly slammed without accusing everyone of doing so because they are uneducated. It is a baseless assumption.
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Mar 12, 2009
 
Clarification---Aukse volunteered to be an example for discussion so my above comments are directed as Aukse as the example. Aukse is working, apparently has benefits, and, although she only 29 years old and relatively inexperienced, earns $75,000.00. Although she is given a high income, the Tribune article suggests that with respect to income Aukse's is a hard luck case with respect to her income--(the article in fact states that Aukse will earn more as she advances). The truth is; however, that
Aukse already is highly paid given her experience.
The average salary for attorneys is less than $80,000.00 (except at large status obsessed firms (who employ only about 10% of attorneys).
I am concerned that naive people, including aspiring young attorneys, will view Auske as a hard luck case because of her income. The public, including some attorneys, already view the practice of law as being more lucrative than it actually is. Thus you have comments on the Tribune blog that Auske should go chase an ambulance--thus people who are exposed to the best case do not understand the legal market place in general--thus the ABA, which has a high amount of members at exclusive law firms endorses a bill to give government attorneys who earn $80,000.00 on average a $60,000 government hand out "because they are struggling".
The Tribune ought to get its facts straight before publishing its articles. Its hard enough for attorneys to break the stereotype of rolling in the dough--they do not need the Tribune reinforcing this.
It would be more appropriate for the Tribune to feature a young attorney who earns the more typical salary of $40,000 at Aukse's age, who took on average law school debt requiring $10,000.00 in payments a year, who does not receive medical benefits, and then is laid off. This typical young attorney was struggling to make ends meet even though he or she acted reasonably, and now is dealing with the lay off. The public would be best served if the Tribune used such typical young attorney as an example—not Aukse whoearns substantially more than she should have expected and chose to take on more
debt than she should have expected to handle..
I hope Aukse solves her problem. But she, and the public, especially young aspiring attorneys, should recognize just how lucky Aukse is with respect to her income.
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Mar 12, 2009
 
John wrote:
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...and your point is? You will probably be stuck at that salary ... for the rest of your life. She, however, has the capacity to make a lot more over her lifetime.
See my comment on page 4.
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#106
Mar 13, 2009
 
Help Her wrote:
Catherine why dont you pay her vets bill?
I'd love to but I'm already paying society's debt.

I took out a second mortgage to help pay attorney fees for a loved one who was wrongfully charged with murder. DNA exonerated him. I couldn't find an attorney to sue because SA's have absolute immunity.
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#107
Mar 13, 2009
 
Jake wrote:
You can say that she is being unjustly slammed without accusing everyone of doing so because they are uneducated. It is a baseless assumption.
Just like it is pretty baseless to slam her. Don't dish it out if you can't take it. She made some mistakes. Are you paying for them? Didn't think so.
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#108
Mar 13, 2009
 
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Just like it is pretty baseless to slam her. Don't dish it out if you can't take it. She made some mistakes. Are you paying for them? Didn't think so.
We are all paying for them because the credit cards will raise interest and fees to recover the amounts forgiven to this highly-paid, irresponsible person.
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#109
Mar 15, 2009
 
Two points:

1) The interest rates are too high, probably should look up a debt management councilor ; one that is not a crook.

2) The judgemental posts say more about the one writing, then the one they're judging.
Instead of writing ugly posts, go down to the barber shop and get that ugly wart taken off your nose.
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Mar 15, 2009
 
Aukse wrote:
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I am not trying to avoid my debts and I don't expect anyone to feel badly for me. I have worked out a plan to pay it all off. I made some bad decisions and I am ready to face them. Once my credit cards debts are paid off, I should be able to tackle my student loans pretty aggressively, too. I was working part-time as a cocktail waitress to earn a bit extra, but it interfered with my career so I had to stop. Also, under my current pet insurance plan I still would have had to pay about $2k of the $6k, but that would have helped significantly. Needless to say, I have learned a big lesson the last couple years.
Nothing against you personally, but how did you story get published in the Tribune? My own situation is much, much more newsworthy and I can't get the media to touch it.

To make a long story short my apartment complex is owned by a very large and very corrupt corporation called Forest City Enterprises. My property has had black mold, severe water damage, a loose toilet, a sink coming out of the wall, holes in the ceiling, piss poor ventilation, holes in the carpeting, leaks all over the place and on and on. Because I was a long time resident and really loved the amenities I actually fixed the mold and water damage myself, fully expecting to get reimbursed. Well, guess what? I got stiffed and I got evicted. Guess what they evicted me for? Because my housekeeping wasn't up to their standards???? Say what?? I have three doctors backing me in writing that the mold nearly killed me. I have receipts for all the work that was done. I've been injured other times because they refused to fix these city code violations. Yet aside from the rent I didn't have to pay during the court battle I'm getting entirely stiffed.

This is not newsworthy????

If you need the money why don't you take my case on a contingency. I'm trying to appeal this case, but I'm out of money. A good lawyer could get a judgment in the seven figures for this.

The judge handling this case has obviously been paid off. If the media got in on this, I'm sure it could be proven he got bribed. They could also get Forest City Enterprises indicted for issuing the bribe. They have a reputation for back room deals like this all across the country.

Not only that, but their properties all across the country are mold infested and people are going to start dying if something is not done.

When I tried to do a petition here, they called the police on me, who put a halt to the petition under threat of an arrest. My 1st amendment rights were violated! This is not newsworthy???
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#111
Mar 15, 2009
 
libturd lawyers are above the law.....
Victim Of Corruption

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#112
Mar 15, 2009
 
Lawyers from both parties are above the law. Judges too.
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#113
Jun 30, 2011
 
This attorney makes her living taking people's homes away in foreclosure. She is rude, uncompassionate, attacking, and unyielding if a consumer advocate contacts her just to try to work out a problem with the accuracy of paperwork. It is too bad the experiences recounted in the article couldn't have taught some compassion, and sadder still that the law school education couldn't impart unto her simple courtesy.

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