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Mark,
Surprisingly, $40k is not bad for a new attorney. They generally have to have some time under the belt to make the big bucks, or become a partner. Even then, there are lean years to be had. Salary also depends on the area of practice, picking malpractice and other contingency type cases can pay off big if you win, otherwise zero. The career choice is not made of big dollars by any means, it is a misnomer (spelling?) to be certain. Smaller towns have less to pick from in the way of paying clients so that will also affect the amount put into the pocket.

I agree that the car payment is out of line with the salary level, but maybe it was a dream car and will last twice as long as the lower priced car? In that case, maybe it is not such a poor investment? One must remember that in some careers, the person has to act the part to make the picture work. Meaning: expensive suits, swell car, nice house, perfect spouse, 2.5 children in the works, dog in the yard. All of that comes at a cost, and wow what that can run up to!

Jenn
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