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Why Does my Attorney Want me to File a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Posted by Wesley Scott on September 18

Most who file for bankruptcy want to file a Chapter 7. By filing Chapter 7, everything is said and done within three to six months and the slate is wiped clean. So when potential filers learn that they are only eligible to file a Chapter 13 or their attorney recommends a Chapter 13 over a Chapter 7, they panic. Three to five years in bankruptcy with monthly payments throughout the duration of that time? Why would someone file a Chapter 13 and drag the process out when Chapter 7 gets you out of debt faster with no payment plan?

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Getting Financing After Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on March 31

Many of our clients find themselves filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy because they are out of options. And while bankruptcy is supposed to give you a fresh start, we understand that it often feels more like a defeat. Many clients worry if they will ever be able to qualify for a loan after their bankruptcy case. While you may have to pay a higher interest rate and meet other requirements, the good news is that getting financing after your Chapter 7 bankruptcy is easier than you might think. An experienced Minnesota bankruptcy attorney can help you develop a plan and identify your options.

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Will Bankruptcy Affect My Small Business?

Posted by William Kain on March 26

Deciding to file for bankruptcy is a big step, especially if you own and operate a business. You need to get out from under your debts, some which were directly related to your business, while other debts were strictly personal. Business owners worry about how the bankruptcy will affect their business, with good reason - the idea of closing down your business and the loss of income can be quite worrisome. The good news is that the point of bankruptcy is to help you make a fresh start, not make your life more difficult.

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Can I Save My Home by Filing for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Posted by William Kain on March 5

Your home is probably your most important asset and its value goes beyond just dollars and cents. The first question many of our clients ask us is whether the bankruptcy court will force them to sell or otherwise surrender their home. While this is a very real possibility, we do everything in our power to help you keep your home. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is often the best way to get out from under your creditors and keep your home. That said, you will probably need a Minnesota bankruptcy attorney to help you successfully navigate the process.

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General Timeline of a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on February 28

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is often a good choice for people who want to keep their home or other significant assets. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you repay your debts through a payment plan that is administered by a bankruptcy trustee and that is overseen by the bankruptcy court. Your Chapter 13 payment plan can take up to five years. On the one hand, five years helps you repay your debts in reasonable and affordable monthly payments. On the other hand, five years is a long time and can be intimidating for a lot of people.

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An Overview of United States Bankruptcy Laws

Posted by William Kain on February 26

In 1978, Congress enacted the United States Bankruptcy Code, allowing consumers to file for bankruptcy protection. Since that time, millions of Americans have filed for bankruptcy, all across the country and across all walks of life. Despite how common filing a bankruptcy case has become, many people don’t really understand what bankruptcy is, how it works, or what it can achieve. The following is some brief information about bankruptcy laws. To discuss your specific circumstances, call our Minnesota bankruptcy attorneys today.

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How to Decide if Bankruptcy is Right for You

Posted by William Kain on February 25

Financial stress can be overwhelming and leave you feeling like you have nowhere to turn. Bill collectors are calling, you can’t keep up with your bills, and you don’t see your situation improving anytime soon. While bankruptcy may seem like the obvious choice, this is a big decision and should be made only after careful consideration. If you feel like you’re out of options and are considering filing for bankruptcy, a Minnesota bankruptcy attorney can help you decide whether bankruptcy really is right for you.

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Divorce and Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on February 18

Financial trouble is probably one of the leading causes of divorce, and as a result, divorce and bankruptcy often go hand-in-hand. As stressful as it is to face both a possible bankruptcy and the break-up of your marriage, rushing into either decision can create a lot of problems. Fortunately, some careful planning can help minimize the impact so that you can move on with your life and in a better position than you are in now.

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When Chapter 7 is Not the Best Choice for You

Posted by William Kain on January 29

Deciding to file for bankruptcy is a big step - so big that it can perhaps feel like stepping off a cliff. However, you may be surprised to feel a sense of relief once you decide to move forward. After all, bankruptcy offers the opportunity to make a fresh start. Most people think of bankruptcy as a legal mechanism that wipes out your debt. In legal jargon, this is referred to as “Chapter 7” bankruptcy or “complete liquidation.” If you’re having difficulty paying your bills and have creditors aggressively seeking payment, the opportunity to make it all go away begins to sound very attractive. However, there are situations in which Chapter 7 bankruptcy may not be your best option.

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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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Should I pull asset and credit reports before filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Posted by Wesley Scott on December 24

So, you are preparing to file Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. You have hired a licensed and local Chapter 13 Bankruptcy attorney in your state. You have not called any out of state companies and you have dismissed any law firm that would have you meet with a paralegal.

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What happens to my co-debtors in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Posted by Wesley Scott on December 23

Many debtors have co-debtors on the debts they owe. For example, debtor may have had a relative or friend co-sign their vehicle loan. If debtor does not pay on the loan, bank will look to co-signor for payment. Co-debtor or a co-signer is a person who pledges their liability on the loan should debtor refuse to or not be able to pay on the loan. Banks routinely ask for co-signers as a way of protecting the loan and making sure the bank is repaid. Co-signing is a form of collateral for the bank, protection against the loan going unpaid if you will.

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What Happens After A Chapter 13, 341 Meeting, Motion For Relief?

Posted by Wesley Scott on December 21

After a Chapter 13 341 meeting, what happens next? There are a variety of things that can happen after a Chapter 13 341 meeting. One of those events that could happen is a creditor may bring what we call a motion for relief from the automatic stay.

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What Happens After A Chapter 13 Hearing? Adversary Proceedings

Posted by Wesley Scott on December 20

People often want to know what happens after a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy hearing. The next step is a confirmation hearing where the bankruptcy court approves or “confirms” the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy plan. But, prior to the confirmation hearing, creditors also have a chance to object to debtor discharging debts with creditor for certain reasons identified in Section 523 of the Bankruptcy Code.

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