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William Kain

William Kain
I have been practicing law for over 30 years, more than 20 of those have been with Kain & Scott, P.A. I continue to enjoy helping those who fall into unfortunate financial situations get back on their feet. St. Cloud is the community where I live, work and play, and I take great pride in helping and supporting my fellow community members in their time of need.
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Priority, Secured, and Unsecured Debts in Chapter 13

Posted by William Kain on January 21

When you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you enter into a payment plan to pay off your debts. However, not all debts are treated equally by the bankruptcy code. Some debts must be paid first, other debts must be paid in full, and other debts may be able to be reduced (and substantially so). In this post, we’ll discuss which debts are which and how it impacts your Chapter 13 payment plan.

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Modifying a Chapter 13 Payment Plan

Posted by William Kain on January 10

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is an attractive option for people who just need to reorganize and better manage their debt. In order to accomplish this, Chapter 13 requires people to enter into a repayment plan that is approved by the court and managed by the trustee. Your creditors have to halt any collection efforts and are required to make a good-faith effort to work with you on repayment terms that you can afford. The payment plan can take up to five years to repay your debts.

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Can Credit Card Companies Fight a Discharge?

Posted by William Kain on December 18

Credit card debt is a major reason why people file for bankruptcy in Minnesota. Credit card debt can get out of control for many different reasons, some of which are beyond your control. If a household member loses a job or suffers a serious illness, you need to rely on credit cards to pay your bills and cover basic expenses. Meanwhile, you may only be able to afford the minimum monthly payment, which can result in excessively inflated balances due to high interest rates. Before you know it, you may see no possible way that you will be able to pay off your credit cards.

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New Year’s Resolution: Taking Control of Your Debt

Posted by William Kain on December 13

Many people make New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, eat healthier, or be kinder to others. But what about resolving to address your financial situation? A lot of people facing financial stress and debt tend to sweep it under the rug. It may feel so overwhelming that they think there is nothing that can be done about it. This is not the case, however, as our experienced bankruptcy attorneys have helped many people overcome even the most serious financial situations. The following are only some debt-related resolutions that can make for a happier 2019.

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Limit Your Financial Stress During the Holidays

Posted by William Kain on December 10

The holidays are a time for parties and gift-giving, as well as travel or hosting out-of-town family and friends. It feels good to find the perfect gift for each loved one or to put out a gorgeous spread for a holiday party, however, increasing credit card balances can be in the back of your head, causing you constant stress during the season that should be joyful. The good news is that the holidays don’t have to be stressful if you follow some simple tips for holiday spending.

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Why You Should Have an Attorney Complete Your Bankruptcy Petition

Posted by William Kain on December 5

The bills are piling up, and creditors are knocking at your door, so you’ve decided to file for bankruptcy. Because you’re already in a financially difficult situation, you don’t want to take on more debt, and you’ve heard that attorneys are expensive. As a result, you’ve decided to file your bankruptcy petition on your own, which is referred to as proceeding “pro se.” You’ve started filling out the forms and assembling the documents, and the process seems pretty straightforward. While it’s true that you don’t have to have an attorney handle your bankruptcy case, very few pro se bankruptcies are successfully completed. In this post, we’d like to discuss how an experienced bankruptcy attorney can be a tremendous help.

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Facing Foreclosure: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Can Help

Posted by William Kain on November 29

No one likes to think about losing their home to foreclosure. It’s a scary time - not only are you looking at the possibility of losing your home and having your family displaced, but foreclosure can also be financially disastrous. Aside from the damage to your credit, it also wipes out any value you have paid into the house such as your down payment and monthly mortgage payments. If you’re facing foreclosure, filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy can help you avoid foreclosure and maybe even keep your home.

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Holiday Spending and Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on November 29

It’s that time of the year! The holidays are upon us, which of course includes holiday shopping. It’s no secret that Americans like to shop, and we do the bulk of our shopping in the days leading up to Christmas. The National Retail Federation reports that we will each spend an average of $1,007.24 this year, a significant amount of money. Most of this will be on gifts for others, but let’s be honest - some of it will be spent on gifts for ourselves. And let’s not forget the money spent on gas, parking, and dining out while shopping. If you host parties, travel out of town for the holidays, or have college kids that need airfare, all of it adds up to a pretty hefty expense that can hit you like a pile of bricks in the very near future.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on November 29

 

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How Bankruptcy Can Help after a Serious Illness

Posted by William Kain on November 15

It’s widely known that overwhelming medical debt pushes many Americans into bankruptcy, even if the specific percentage of bankruptcy cases is hotly debated. If you’re recovering from a major illness, the overall numbers don’t matter - the important fact is that you’re drowning in medical debt. Maybe you’ve lost income, or maybe you’re now partially or totally disabled as a result of your medical condition. Whatever your situation, you’re probably extremely anxious about your future and understandably so.

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Discharging Debts in Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on November 13

The ultimate goal of a consumer bankruptcy case is the discharge of debts. While a discharge can greatly improve your financial situation, it is not a magic eraser that wipes out all types of debts. The following are some frequently asked questions about the debt discharge at the end of a bankruptcy case.

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MAKING THE DECISION - PART TWO

Posted by William Kain on November 9

In an earlier post, I wrote about the decision-making process that our clients go through in determining whether to file a bankruptcy case.  The last post dealt in large part with the advisability of thinking through the financial problems carefully, and involving friends and relatives to get a sense of whether these supporters think the bankruptcy option is a good one.  At the end of the post I wrote that seeing an attorney is essential to good decision-making regarding the wisdom of filing a bankruptcy case.

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Repayment Plans in Chapter 13 Cases

Posted by William Kain on November 8

Instead of liquidating assets, Chapter 13 bankruptcy requires you to make monthly payments for three to five years before you can receive a discharge. The court will want to make sure you have enough regular income to make reasonable payments toward your debts. If you don’t have enough income, you may have to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy instead of Chapter 13. The following is some additional information about how repayment plans work in a Chapter 13 case.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR INCOME CHANGES WHILE YOU ARE IN A CHAPTER 13? PART TWO

Posted by William Kain on November 8

In an earlier post, I started writing about a common issue in chapter 13 bankruptcy cases: a change in income experienced by the debtor while the chapter 13 plan is open.  The last post looked at why this is an issue - namely, the 2005 revision of the bankruptcy law that required chapter 13 bankruptcy debtors to annually send the chapter 13 trustee copies of filed state and federal income tax returns.  It’s from that tax information that a chapter 13 trustee can ask individuals already in confirmed chapter 13 plans to adjust their income and expense schedules to more accurately reflect the debtor’s month-to-month financial situation.

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What Happens When You File Bankruptcy: Bankruptcy Discharge

Posted by William Kain on November 7

The goal in consumer bankruptcy cases is the discharge of debts. Both a successful Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy will end with the court discharging a debtor’s qualified debts, which releases their obligation to pay those debts. It is important to understand what happens when you file bankruptcy,when a discharge occurs and how it works to improve your financial situation.

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