May 30, 2020
In a recent episode of Legal Insights podcast, Bryan Keenan, founder of Bryan P. Keenan & Associates, PC in Pittsburgh, PA, expresses why people shouldn’t feel guilty when it comes to declaring bankruptcy. For more information please visit https://bryankeenanattorney.com
Pittsburgh, PA, United States - May 31, 2020 /MM-REB/ —
In a recent episode of Legal Insights podcast, Bryan Keenan, founder of Bryan P. Keenan & Associates, PC in Pittsburgh, PA, explained why people shouldn’t feel guilty when it comes to declaring bankruptcy.
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When asked to comment, Keenan alluded to the fact that bankruptcy has a negative connotation, and many feel shame and guilt in taking the first step to file.
“More often than not, I find that when someone comes to my office, they feel like a failure and that they’ve given up or are lost. And they get caught up in the stress of their situation, which is a natural human emotion,” he said.
These negative emotions felt by many often stem from a sense of guilt of not being able to pay debt back. However, according to Keenan, the circumstances that caused financial hardship for many are not within their control.
“People find themselves in a scenario in which life just happens – job loss, medical bills, helping a family member. Ultimately when I sit down with people, I help them objectively see how they got to where they are. It wasn’t a matter of being dishonest or because they are a bad person,” he added.
"People need to forgive themselves for things they haven't done or for feelings of being a failure – that's simply not the case as life happens."
Furthermore, many put filing for bankruptcy on the backburner, according to Keenan, due to feelings of shame.
When asked to elaborate, he said, “This is an interesting topic, because bankruptcy can be a private matter. It’s not something that you need to go and share with your family or friends, because other people aren’t living your life. They’re not in your home, they’re not paying your bills, they don’t know what brought you here. By putting off filing for bankruptcy, you’re empowering people who really don’t have any power in your life.”
Keenan further alluded to the fact that one of the most important hurdles that anyone in debt needs to clear is addressing the state of their financial hardship. And often times, it’s easier to speak about financial difficulties and debt with a neutral third-party.
“I find that it’s best to speak with someone who is not emotionally involved in the situation. So when they sit down with me, I objectively go through their situation with them and reassure them that they shouldn't be ashamed. I want them to be able to tell me what's wrong – or to confess, so to speak – and put that behind them so they can move forward. Just remember that the goal of bankruptcy is to give you a fresh start," he said.
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