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What Are the Risks of Filing Bankruptcy Without a Lawyer in MN?

Posted by Wesley Scott on January 25

I received a phone call from someone who had recently filed a bankruptcy case by herself. She had read all of the information she could find regarding the bankruptcy process and filing bankruptcy without using a lawyer, She had prepared the bankruptcy petition, schedules and statements to the best of her ability. She was calling me now after she had received a phone call from an assistant for the bankruptcy trustee who had been assigned to her case – and the questions the assistant asked her was making her nervous. She was looking for help.

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What Is a Trust? Do I Need One in Minnesota?

Posted by Wesley Scott on January 23

A trust is an estate planning tool. Trusts can allow individuals to protect assets, avoid taxes, avoid probate and ensure that the grantor’s assets are distributed according to the grantor’s specifications.

Once a trust is created, it needs to funded. This means that the grantor, the person with the assets, needs to move assets into the trust. If the asset is real estate, the deed to the property needs to be re-deeded in the name of the trust, if the asset is a bank account, the funds need to be moved into an account titled in the name of the trust.

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Are You Looking for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyer Near Me in St. Cloud, MN?

Posted by Wesley Scott on January 22

Kain & Scott has 9 office locations in Minnesota. 7 out of the 9 are staffed full time by real live Kain & Scott people. Rochester and Mankato are staffed by appointment only. In our St. Cloud, Minnesota office we have 3 Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy lawyers and numerous staff that are waiting to help you get your life back now.

Kain & Scott has been protecting St. Cloud, Minnesota residents from their creditors since 1972, longer than any other Minnesota bankruptcy law firm. What have we learned about bankruptcy since 1972? We have learned that our guests love to get their lives back and never regret the decision to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

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Are You Looking for a Bankruptcy Attorney Near Me in Eden Prairie, MN?

Posted by Wesley Scott on January 21

Minnesota’s largest bankruptcy law firm has an office in Eden Prairie, MN that is staffed full time. This is not one of those pretend law office locations to trick Google into appearing on Google Maps “Law Offices”. This is a fully functional and staffed bankruptcy law firm right in Eden Prairie, MN, right where you live.

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Do You Have to Go to Court to File Bankruptcy in MN During COVID-19?

Posted by Margaret Henehan on January 20

While you would normally have to go to court when filing bankruptcy, COVID-19 restrictions have changed the game. It is now possible to file bankruptcy without ever having to physically go to court in Minnesota.

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Will Minnesota Bankruptcy Law Change Under President Biden?

Posted by Margaret Henehan on January 19

With the election of a new president, many people are wondering what may change under a Biden presidency. In many areas of policy there may be significant changes. In regards to bankruptcy, consumer attorneys are not expecting many changes in this area of law. In 2005, then Senator Biden was instrumental in changes to the bankruptcy code, and in fact the legislation helped out big banks and creditors more so than it did consumers.

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What Are Bankruptcy Preference Payments in Minnesota?

Posted by Jesse Horoshak on January 18

If you have filed a bankruptcy, or are considering filing a bankruptcy, and have done any research, you may have come across the phrase “preference payment” and asked yourself, “what does that mean?” Well, rest assured, you are not alone in asking this question. This post will discuss preference payments and what they mean with respect to a bankruptcy filing.

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How Do I Keep My Car in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Posted by Tim Tonga on January 16

One of people’s biggest concerns when trying to decide whether they should file for bankruptcy is whether they will be able to keep their vehicle or not. After all, it is typically one of the most valuable assets people have and often their sole means of transportation.

Chapter 13 bankruptcies allow people to keep their property in exchange for agreeing to a 3-5 year payment plan, in which they make monthly payments towards their debts. Chapter 7 bankruptcies typically last up to 4 months and do not require any payments towards debt. The catch is that any property that is not specifically “exempt,” that is protected under the law, can be taken by the bankruptcy trustee to be sold to pay towards your debts.

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What Is the Means Test?

Posted by Amanda Scharber on January 15

The Means Test is used to determine whether your income will allow you to file a chapter 7 bankruptcy.

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What Happens When the Mortgage Payment Forbearance Ends?

Posted by Jesse Horoshak on January 14

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many mortgage lenders have allowed homeowners to take advantage of putting their mortgage payments into forbearance for varying amounts of time, and hundreds of thousands of individuals have taken advantage of these programs. With respect to these forbearance plans, the most common question that clients and potential clients are asking is: What happens when the forbearance period ends?

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How Do I Know If Bankruptcy Is the Right Option?

Posted by Serena Seashore on January 13

The internet is a crazy mechanism in which the ideal answers are easily sought, even if they are not correct. This is true for any circumstance or situation you may be in; medical conditions, car repairs, DIY experiments, and even money and debt. Why this is the case? We are unsure, the internet has a reputation for a reason! However, when you search about debt solutions, such as: not being able to catch up on bills, falling behind on your mortgage, or the constant hassling from creditors, look no further than www.kainscott.com, which conveniently is located right near the top of the search.

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How Do I Quickly Build Back My Credit After Bankruptcy in Minnesota?

Posted by Kelsey Quarberg on January 12

One of the most frequent questions I get from prospective clients in Eden Prairie, Minnesota is: “What happens to my credit after filing bankruptcy?” Oftentimes, my Eden Prairie, Minnesota clients are asking because they are worried that a bankruptcy filing will hurt their credit or make it more difficult for them to get approved for financing in the future. One of the greatest benefits to filing bankruptcy is that it is often the quickest way to improve your credit and get quality financing.

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I Am Embarrassed I Have to File Bankruptcy

Posted by Col Ovik on January 11

When I meet with clients I often hear the phrase, “I am embarrassed I have to file bankruptcy”. The truth of the matter is no one wants to be the position where they are asking for help, but we all find ourselves in that position at some point. We may not all need the same type of help, but at some point everyone has to rely on someone else. There is no shame in needing help. Bankruptcy is a legal way for individuals to get the help they need. There are unforeseen and sometimes foreseen circumstance that individuals can find themselves in that are just insurmountable.

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Why Is Your Bankruptcy Disclosure Statement in MN So Important?

Posted by Wesley Scott on January 9

A bankruptcy consultation typically occurs when a person seems to have run out of options. Whether it’s medical debt, trying to catch up on bills, divorce, foreclosure, etc., we completely understand that it is a difficult decision to decide to give us a call. Let us be the advocate, the listener, the adviser when life has taken some unexpected turns.

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How Will a 341 Meeting in MN Have Changed Since COVID-19?

Posted by Wesley Scott on January 8

Since this pandemic has begun, it has changed our day-to-day lives in major ways. It has also drastically affected the court buildings and court systems throughout the nation. As part of the Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy process, there is a hearing with a trustee, referred to as a 341 meeting of creditors. This is a hearing where creditors have an opportunity to ask questions on the record regarding the debtor—it is very common for creditors to not appear though.

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