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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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Recent Posts

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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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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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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What Happens When You File Bankruptcy: Chapter 13 Repayment Plan

Posted by William Kain on November 6

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is commonly known as the “reorganization” bankruptcy. Under this chapter of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the bankruptcy trustee will reorganize your debts based on priority, and then will require a debtor to make monthly payments, which the trustee will then distribute to creditors. Your repayment plan can last for three to five years, depending on your financial situation. Some debts must be fully repaid during the repayment plan, and the court may discharge any qualified debts that remain upon completion of the plan.

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Posted by William Kain on November 5

A chapter 13 bankruptcy is a very helpful tool for many people who are encountering overwhelming financial problems.  For individuals dealing with a potential mortgage foreclosure, chapter 13 offers a structured, affordable way to keep families in their homes.  For a person who has a car payment that has unexpectedly become too expensive, chapter 13 offers a way to restructure the car loan to make the payment more affordable.  For the person who is dealing with child support arrears, or back income taxes, chapter 13 provides a structure to pay these important obligations. 

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What Happens When You File Bankruptcy: Chapter 7 Exemptions

Posted by William Kain on October 26

You’ve filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and have heard this type of case referred to as “liquidation bankruptcy.” This is because the bankruptcy trustee has the authority to seize a filer’s property and assets to liquidate and distribute the proceeds to your creditors. You look around your home, at the things you have, and the thought of selling everything to pay off creditors is understandably concerning.

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What Happens When You File Bankruptcy: 341 Meeting of Creditors

Posted by William Kain on October 25

You’ve filed for bankruptcy, and you get a notice from the court about a creditors meeting. What is this? Is it important? Do you have to go? What will happen at the meeting? Can the creditors stop your bankruptcy case?

Most people who file a bankruptcy case do so once in their lives. Thus, most people who file bankruptcy have no idea what a creditors meeting is, what happens there, what impact it can have on their bankruptcy case or, truthfully, anything at all about what the creditors meeting means or does. This is only one of many reasons why you should always hire an experienced attorney to take you through bankruptcy. An experienced attorney can guide you and help you understand what happens when you file bankruptcy every step of the way, including the meeting of creditors.

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Posted by William Kain on October 23

A lot of people have no idea the government has a debt consolidation plan. Did you know that? Probably not. What if I told you this debt consolidation plan is limited to 3-5 years, you pay what you can afford to pay, and at the end of the plan whatever doesn’t get paid off, gets wiped out, tax free? Peeks your curiosity doesn’t it?

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What Happens When You File Bankruptcy: The Automatic Stay

Posted by William Kain on October 22

When you file for bankruptcy, you likely face debts that far exceed your ability to pay them, and may have for some time. Maybe you have medical bills, car repairs, house repairs, or other unplanned major expenditures that make it difficult for you to keep up with your regular bills, like your car payment, utilities, credit cards, and your mortgage or rent. You’ve fallen behind on bills, and you alternate paying different bills each month, sometimes just enough to keep the water and electricity turned on. Maybe you’ve even fallen behind on your mortgage. You never answer your phone for numbers you don’t recognize out of fear it is another creditor calling to demand payment. You may receive notice loans in default or of lawsuits filed against you by creditors. You want to make it stop, but you don’t have the money to catch up, and you don’t know any other way to keep your creditors at bay.

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Common Terms in Consumer Bankruptcy - Part Two

Posted by William Kain on October 21

In Part One of this series, we began reviewing some common terms you may hear during a consumer bankruptcy case. It is important to understand what is happening in your bankruptcy, which is possible with the help of an experienced Minnesota bankruptcy lawyer at Kain & Scott. Below, find brief explanations of additional common bankruptcy terms.

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Common Terms in Consumer Bankruptcy - Part One

Posted by William Kain on October 20

While bankruptcy can provide many benefits for consumers struggling with debt, the process can be a confusing one. Specifically, you may hear many terms during your case with which you may not be entirely familiar. It is important to have the assistance and guidance of an experienced bankruptcy attorney who can explain every step of the process, including key bankruptcy terms. In the meantime, the following are some brief definitions of common terms in consumer bankruptcy cases. For information regarding your specific situation, call the Minnesota bankruptcy attorneys at Kain & Scott today.

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Four Dischargeable Debts In A Minnesota Chapter 7

Posted by William Kain on July 1

Just like there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, there is also good debt and bad debt. The average Minnesota household has about $134,000 in debt. But much of this debt is secured debt, like mortgages and auto loans. Most people do not mind paying these loans, as long as the terms are reasonable and they like the car, house, or other collateral.

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