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Wesley Scott

Wesley Scott
I love being a Minnesota bankruptcy attorney because it allows me to give people hope that, together, we can get their lives back. People call us because of business failure (many businesses fail, that is a fact of life), income drop (bad economy or otherwise), divorce (happens to many), medical problems (how can you help that?), and bad financial decisions (we have all made them!). I understand the financial pressures my clients face because I experienced many of these same pressures growing up. I know that most of my clients end up in debt through no fault of their own. I became a bankruptcy attorney to give these people the help and support they need in this time of trouble.
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(Video) WHO ARE THE MAJOR PLAYERS IN A CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY AND WHAT DO THEY DO?

Posted by Wesley Scott on November 10

So, you are thinking about filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and you say to yourself, I don’t want to lose my Harley Davidson Some folks are a lot like me, they have high anxiety and want to know who exactly is involved in this process and what do they do?

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(Video) WHAT NOT TO DO BEFORE FILING CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY

Posted by Wesley Scott on November 4

So, you are thinking about filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and you say to yourself, I don’t want to lose my Harley Davidson worth 8k and no liens against it right? So, what do you do? You transfer the title to the Harley to your brother for nothing. Problem solved right? Wrong!

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(Video) WHAT IS A REAFFIRMATION AGREEMENT IN A CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY?

Posted by Wesley Scott on November 3

To understand what a reaffirmation agreement is in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, you first must understand what the goal of a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is. The goal of a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is to obtain a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy discharge. A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy discharge absolves you of your personal liability for the underlying debt. Creditor must write the debt off and is not able to pursue debtor for the debt again.

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(Video) WHO NORMALLY ATTENDS A CHAPTER 7 MEETING OF CREDITORS?

Posted by Wesley Scott on November 2

I think one of the most anxiety producing events for a client is the meeting of creditors or 341 meeting. This is the meeting where the Chapter 7 trustee has debtor verify that the information on the schedules is true and correct and complete.

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(Video) WHAT IS A CHAPTER 7 341 MEETING OF CREDITORS AND WHY DO I HAVE TO ATTEND?

Posted by Wesley Scott on November 1

Section 341 of the Bankruptcy Code requires Chapter 7 trustees to conduct and for Chapter 7 debtors to attend a meeting of creditors. The code requires that a meeting of creditors must be conducted within a reasonable time from filing the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The purpose of the meeting of creditors is two-fold. First, it is to give the Chapter 7 trustee a chance to verify that the information contained in debtor’s schedules is true, correct, and complete. Second, the purpose of the meeting is to give creditors a chance to appear and ask debtors questions about debtor’s assets and debts and financial circumstances.

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(Video) WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF A CHAPTER 7 TRUSTEE?

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 31

Section 704 of the Bankruptcy Code outlines the duties of a Chapter 7 trustee. A chapter 7 trustee’s primary role is to administer the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy case. This means that once assigned a Chapter 7 case by the US Trustee’s Office, a Chapter 7 trustee must review the schedules, question the debtor at a 341 meeting, and generally make sure debtor’s schedules are verified by debtor themselves.

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(Video) WHAT ARE REDEMPTION AGREEMENTS IN CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY?

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 30

We have discussed what reaffirmation agreements are in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy but what is a redemption agreement in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? The best way to illustrate a redemption agreement is to give you an example. Say you own a vehicle worth 5k but you owe 12k on the underlying loan.

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(Video) STATE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS TO FILE CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 29

While Section 109(a) describes who can file a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, we want to know now where can the bankruptcy be filed?

It is not possible to move from one state to another and file Chapter 13 Bankruptcy the next day. 28 U.S. Code Section 1408 states that debtor may file a bankruptcy in the bankruptcy court of the federal judicial district in which the person filing bankruptcy has his/her principal residence, place of business, or principal assets. The domicile has to be where you were domiciled the greater part of the last 6 months and so, where you have been domiciled the last 91 days.

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(Video) MOST COMMON OBJECTION TO A DEBT BEING DISCHARGED IN CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 28

What is the goal of filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? Getting a Chapter 7 discharge. Getting a Chapter 7 discharge means the debt is wiped out, tax free, forever. Are there situations where creditors can object to you discharging a debt? You bet there is. Section 523 of the Bankruptcy Code outlines several reasons a creditor could object to you discharging a debt made with the creditor.

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(Video) FINALLY- A GOVERNMENT SPONSORED DEBT CONSOLIDATION PLAN IN ST PAUL, MN

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 27

Minnesotans are always amazed to find out that there really is a government sponsored debt consolidation plan. Most Minnesotans are not aware of this. If you live in St Paul, Minnesota and you are suffering from overwhelming debt and you are currently in a traditional debt consolidation plan, you are wasting your time. You read this right, you are wasting your time. Why? Because the government sponsored debt consolidation plan is much better for you and your family.

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(Video) HOW DO I GET RID OF JUDGMENTS AFTER A CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY DISCHARGE?

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 24

Unfortunately, when you receive a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy discharge, there is no little bankruptcy dude that runs throughout the state and erases public records. I wish this were true, but it’s not. When you receive a discharge in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, the public record needs to be cleaned up. The judgments you received before you filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy on pre-petition debt still linger in the public records after you receive your discharge.

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(Video) IS IT POSSIBLE FOR MY CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY TO BE DENIED?

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 19

There are numerous reasons why a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy discharge can be denied. Section 727 of the Bankruptcy Code outlines these reasons.

Section 727(a)(2) states that if debtor, with the intent to hinder, delay, or defraud a creditor or an officer of the estate has removed, destroyed, mutilated or concealed A) property of debtor within 1 year prior to filing the bankruptcy or B) property of the estate after filing the bankruptcy, your discharge may be denied.

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(Video) CAN I CONVERT MY CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY TO A CHAPTER 13 PRIOR TO DISCHARGE?

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 18

Sometimes, when a debtor files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, there is a desire to convert to a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. Maybe, it is because debtor’s income has risen or the US Trustee’s Office has a brought a motion to dismiss debtor’s Chapter 7 Bankruptcy for abuse. What does that mean? In English, it means the US Trustee’s Office believes debtor has the ability to pay back creditors something over a 3-5 year Chapter 13 plan.

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(Video) CAN I BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE I FILED CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY?

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 17

Section 525 of the Bankruptcy Code provides protections against discriminatory treatment. Section 525(b) of the Bankruptcy Code provides that a private employer may not terminate the employment of, or discriminate with respect to the employment of a person who has or will file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

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(Video) CAN A CREDITOR ASK TO TERMINATE THE CHAPTER 7 AUTOMATIC STAY?

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 16

We have discussed the fact that the filing of a bankruptcy petition with the bankruptcy court is an order for relief. And that order for relief triggers the automatic stay provisions of section 362 of the Bankruptcy Court. This automatic stay is a court order that bars creditors from doing most anything to collect on a pre-petition debt with debtor. Of course, that is the general rule, there are exceptions to this rule like the enforcement of child support or alimony for example.

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