Question: I lost my job with the Atlanta Braves organization and now I'm having trouble making my mortgage payment and paying for my drugs/meds for my bipolar disorder. I'd like to work at The Varsity or another famous restaurant because I love food. Some Braves players might help me pay my bills but that will only be temporary. I mean Gonzalez and the Upton brothers, Gaddis, Heyward, Kimbrel & Freeman are really nice, but I don't want to take advantage. Will the bankruptcy trustee penalize me for my mental issues? And can I keep my car? What about my bipolar meds?
Answer: First off, you will in no way be penalized because of a mental issue. Mental issues should be dealt with immediately under the care of a well-trained doctor. There is no penalty associated with having a physical or mental disorder. As Atlanta Braves fans, it does appear that some players and others associated with the Braves organization have a charitable bent. John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Hank Aaron appear to do charity work.
Usually you can keep your car when you file bankruptcy. Indeed, we have done blog posts on the ability to retain your automobile after a bankruptcy filing. You certainly should be taking your medications and this may help us when we assess your income for bankruptcy.