About Matt Berkus Denver, Colorado Bankruptcy and Debt Authority
Debt is the main obstacle to people and businesses achieving
their goals and there is endless misleading chatter about how
to resolve debt. My goal and my passion are to be the clear
voice for resolving debt.
My goal and my passion are to help
small business stop suffering from financial distress, change
course, and get on track.
Matt brings a decade of experience solving the financial problems of individuals, families and businesses. Bankruptcy is more than a mere financial tool, bankruptcy is
a fresh start.
There are very
definable circumstances in which bankruptcy should be employed
and many attorneys take a practical approach to bankruptcy.
There is nothing inherently wrong with being practical, but
EVERY bankruptcy attorney does that.
The problem is that financial
far beyond the
mere practical financial issues. The people I
see are suffering. They are suffering financially, psychologically,
When I talk to a prospective client, my goal is to help them
move beyond that suffering. My role is more than being an attorney,
but as a counselor and advisor.
My first bankruptcy client was a young man who was involved
in a devastating
car accident. He
had been recovering from the accident for about a year. Physically
he recovered, but suffered a brain injury that made him 100%
disabled. He seemed normal, but I could tell he was struggling.
Prior to the accident he was a top graphic designer making good
money and on an ideal life path.
The accident and long term recovery left him jobless with significant
credit card debt and medical bills. If there was a client which
bankruptcy was ideally suited, it was this individual. I prepared
the case, reviewed the issues with the client, made sure that
the case was as perfect as I could make it. Since it was my
first case I performed significant reviews of other bankruptcy
cases to make sure nothing unexpected would happen. In the end,
the case went through with no problems.
However, it wasn’t the case that makes it memorable (aside
from being the first), it was the fact that I ran into him a
little over a year after I completed his case. It was odd because
when his bankruptcy was discharged, he moved to Alaska. I was
shopping in my grocery store with my wife and I kept seeing
this person that I swore I recognized. As we passed each other
in the aisles we exchanged that quizzical look; that look that
says, “I think I know you, but I am not sure.” Finally,
he approached me and asked if I were Matt Berkus, and I suddenly
realized who he is. We chatted briefly and I learned that he
was freelancing as a graphics designer, and doing great. He
thanked me for my help with the bankruptcy and relayed that
the bankruptcy was a turning point for him, it allowed him get
back on track.
Why I am relating this story? After chatting with my former
client, I had a revelation; bankruptcy, and debt resolution
in general, is one of the very few areas of law where clients
emerge in a significantly better position than when they start.
If you think about it, you cannot say that about other areas
of law (except
maybe adoption). Any other area of law there exists a lingering
resentment for needing a lawyer (divorce, personal injury, criminal,
business transactions, etc.) and rarely is the person better
off as a result of the legal action. Bankruptcy provides a real
benefit; bankruptcy is how people recover financially.
Since that time, I have devoted myself to helping individuals,
families, and small businesses get out of debt.
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