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Tackling Your Debt During the Holiday Season

Posted by Kelsey Quarberg on December 13

Has your debt landed you on the naughty list this year?

It’s that time of year when Santa is making his annual inventory of all the good and bad Minnesotans. But Santa isn’t alone: many Minnesota families are also taking a good hard look at their finances and wondering how much crunch they will feel once their credit card statements come in January. According to a recent report, the average American family spent almost $1,000 on just gifts during the 2016 holiday season and the projected expense of the 2017 season is expected to be even higher. For Minnesota families that are already struggling financially, the added cost of the holidays can turn a bad situation into a dire one.

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Mobile Home Repossession Laws in Minnesota

Posted by Margaret Henehan on December 12

Most of us been in a position where we have been living paycheck to paycheck and have to pick and choose whether to pay certain bills or put food on the table for our families.  Families should not have to go through this, but up until the point they come into my office, that is often the case.  Now, sometimes one of the bills that doesn’t get paid is the mortgage.  If you live in a home and the mortgage is secured by land, the home would go through the normal foreclosure process.  But what happens if you live in a mobile home and the mortgage is not secured by land, and instead you rent the lot?  The process is a little different.

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Should I be Considering Bankruptcy if I’m Current on all my Payments?

Posted by Wesley Scott on December 11

I get this question a lot. When is the right time to think about bankruptcy? Should I even be considering it if I’m current with everything? I think it really depends on circumstances and if you can project what the next couple of months forward will look like.

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Commonly Asked Questions About Secured Debt and Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on December 8

For the last three weeks, I’ve tried to answer some very commonly-asked questions: what’s the difference between chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy?  The answer to that question is fairly easy - chapter 7 is a liquidation approach to money problems, while chapter 13 is a repayment program.  And the mechanics of the two chapters - the preparation of a petition, schedules and statements, the filing of the petition and schedules, and the steps to obtain a discharge - are also fairly easy to explain.  But since it’s taken me four weeks-worth of blogs to cover this topic, it’s the follow-up question “what’s the best chapter for us?” is more complex.  This week, I’ll write some more about the differences between the two chapters.

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Full-Service Minnesota Bankruptcy Law Firm

Posted by Kelsey Quarberg on December 7

The term “full-service” is all the rage in business marketing: whether a hair salon, caterer, car wash, or accountant, every business pushes to be a one-stop solution to meet their customer’s needs. But what exactly is a full-service Minnesota bankruptcy law firm?

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How Does Wage Garnishment Work in Maple Grove, Minnesota?

Posted by Wesley Scott on December 6

Wage garnishment is often one of the most pressing concerns for our potential clients in Maple Grove, Minnesota. They want to know if creditors can garnish their wages, and if so, when it will happen and how much they can take. Unfortunately, under Minnesota state law, creditors can garnish your wages because creditors have the right to seize any available non-exempt property, and that includes a portion of your wages. But there are things you can do to prevent or stop wage garnishments, and we will discuss the collection process and how you can stop it below.

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How to File Bankruptcy in Minnesota

Posted by William Kain on December 5

One of the most frequent questions potential clients ask us is, “do I really need a lawyer to file bankruptcy?” The answer is an overwhelming “yes!” While there is no law that requires you to hire a lawyer to handle your bankruptcy, it’s a good idea and can save you a significant amount of time and money.

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What Types of Debt Can (and Can’t) Be Discharged in a Minnesota Bankruptcy

Posted by Margaret Henehan on December 4

One of the most common points of confusion among potential clients who are considering filing bankruptcy in Minnesota is what types of debt can be discharged.

“Is all my debt eligible?” 
"What about my house and car?” 
“Can I get rid of my student loans?”
“Is there anything you can do about my hospital bills?”
“I have a huge utility bill – can I file for that?”

What many people don’t realize is that not all debt is the same and, as such, not all debt can be discharged with bankruptcy, regardless of the type of Minnesota bankruptcy you file.

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Will my Neighbors in Brainerd Find out About my Bankruptcy?

Posted by Margaret Henehan on December 1

I am a fairly private person.  I think it is natural for people to want to keep certain pieces of their lives private and this includes their financial affairs, whether they are having financial problems or not.  However, when people are having financial issues, they are probably a little more concerned with keeping it private.  It is a humbling thing to go through and people tend to not want to advertise it.  It is tough to be vulnerable and it is tough for us, as humans, to admit we are going through tough times.  I understand that.  It is interesting the stigma that is put on individuals who may be feeling some financial stress, yet look at the companies and banks that have been bailed out by the government.  I highly doubt those entities are losing sleep over being given a second chance; at being able to access a tool to help them out of their financial troubles.  You should not lose sleep over being given a second chance either.  But I know that before someone files bankruptcy, sometimes they are concerned with people finding out about their second chance.

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Commonly Asked Questions About Your Credit & Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on November 30

When the lawyers at Kain & Scott meet with potential bankruptcy clients, we always make it a point to ask what questions or concerns the client has during our first appointment.  Almost everyone we meet with has worries about filing a bankruptcy case, and many of the questions that spring from that worry are the same from client to client.  Let’s look at some of the commonly-asked questions we get from our clients - and get some answers.

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How Long Does Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Stay On Your Credit Report In Monticello, MN?

Posted by Wesley Scott on November 29

It is a question we get a lot. How long will a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy stay on my credit report? The answer is 10 years- and that is a certainty. However, that does not mean that you will not get credit for 10 years. Quite the contrary. You see eliminating debt is always a good thing for your credit profile. Getting rid of debt, tax free, and going through Kain & Scott’s FREE 90-Day credit Repair Program improves our guest’s credit profiles to a point much better than before they did either.

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How Do I Get Over the Fear of Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy In St. Cloud, MN?

Posted by William Kain on November 28

There are better words in the English dictionary than bankruptcy. If you are not nervous about filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, you are weird. But to the team at Kain & Scott, suffering from overwhelming debt is not unusual or weird. It’s called life. The humility of being alive.  No one dreams of getting married and going through a horrible divorce, no one dreams of starting a business and have it turn into a nightmare, no one dreams of having cancer so you can’t work or pay your bills and yet these things happen all the time.

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Are Bankruptcy Filings Public Record in Minnetonka?

Posted by Kelsey Quarberg on November 27

Technically, all bankruptcy records are public through the federal court’s internet-based Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service. In order to access bankruptcy records through PACER, one needs an account set up. Those in Minnetonka can create their own PACER accounts, but the average Minnetonka resident doesn’t know that. One typically is in some sort of legal field in order to know about PACER access. Further, those with PACER access would need to search your name in order to find your bankruptcy filing. The chances of one of your Minnetonka friends or relatives having a PACER account and actually searching your name is pretty low. Plus, anyone that tries to access documents through PACER must pay a fee per page that they try to access. This acts as a natural deterrent from people casually searching through PACER.

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The #1 Commonly Asked Question About Chapter 7 vs Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on November 24

Last week I tried to answer some of the questions that are commonly asked by clients who are thinking about filing a bankruptcy case.  We talked about the impact of bankruptcy on credit scores, the removal of debts discharged in a bankruptcy case from a credit report and the amount of time needed for a client of Kain & Scott to file a chapter 13 bankruptcy case.  This week, I will do my best to answer other questions that commonly come up with potential clients.  And let’s start with a basic question.

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(Video) Are Bankruptcy Records Public in Eden Prairie?

Posted by Kelsey Quarberg on November 23

Technically, all bankruptcy records are public through the federal court’s internet-based Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service. In order to access bankruptcy records through PACER, one needs an account set up. Those in Eden Prairie can create their own PACER accounts, but the average Eden Prairie resident doesn’t know that. One typically is in some sort of legal field in order to know about PACER access. Further, those with PACER access would need to search your name in order to find your bankruptcy filing. The chances of one of your Eden Prairie friends or relatives having a PACER account and actually searching your name is pretty low.

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