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Pros and Cons of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on August 16

Making the decision to file a bankruptcy case is never easy; however, bankruptcy may be the best solution to your debt problems.  Bankruptcy offers many advantages that other debt solutions do not offer. Although there are numerous advantages, there are also some disadvantages. To help you weigh your options, our attorneys discuss all of the pros and cons of Chapter 7 during your free bankruptcy consultation.  Below are some of the common pros and cons of Chapter 7 that apply in most cases filed in Minnesota.

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What Are The Requirments to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Posted by William Kain on August 14

When I meet with clients who are facing financial difficulty, I tell them that the first thing we have to decide is if they need to do something to resolve their debt issues, other than just using the same debt reduction strategies that they’ve been using up until the time we met. For the vast majority of the people I meet with, the answer to that question is yes - the reason they are in my office is that they don’t see a good financial outcome by maintaining the status quo.

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The Requirements To File A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on August 12

Last week I wrote about the Requirements to File a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Case. I wrote who (or what) can file chapter 7 case, the means testing requirement involved in chapter 7 cases, and the requirement that a chapter 7 debtor have a credit counseling briefing prior to filing a chapter 7 case. This week, I will look at the question that, while it does not come up often, can be quite important in the few cases where it is an issue: the venue of the bankruptcy case. Then I will write about what a chapter 7 debtor has to do to obtain a discharge.

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Inheritances in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on August 10

The clients with whom I meet to discuss filing bankruptcy come in all ages, and genders. Some of my clients are very low-income wage earners; others have fairly high salaries. But my clients have one thing in common: they haven’t had very much good luck financially. For many of these people, filing a bankruptcy case, whether under chapter 7 or chapter 13, is the best option they have to resolve their financial issues. For a small percentage of these people who file bankruptcy cases, the years of bad luck that they experienced prior to filing is changed suddenly when they learn that they will inherit money or property from a deceased loved-one’s estate.

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Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on August 2

When you make the decision to file for bankruptcy in Minnesota, you are making the decision to erase your debts and change your life for good. But knowing which type of bankruptcy to file – Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 – can be confusing. Each type has the power to erase your debts and which is right for you is determined by your unique financial situation.

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What Happens After Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Posted by William Kain on August 1

You’ve taken a major step in regaining your financial freedom by filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Congratulations on being well on your way to becoming free from debt!

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These Types of Bankruptcy Can Help You Find Financial Relief

Posted by Wesley Scott on July 28

When debts turn into a vicious cycle that threatens to never end, filing for bankruptcy can be a wise and prudent choice to move toward financial freedom. There are multiple types of bankruptcy that suit different situations.  The best choice for you will mainly depend on your debts, assets and current income.

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Should I File Bankruptcy In MN?

Posted by Wesley Scott on July 7

If you’re asking yourself this question, you may feel like you’re literally drowning in debt. You struggle to keep your head above water, but in fact, you’re barely staying afloat. If you’re feeling this bogged down with stress over debt, it’s time to take action. Consider the many benefits of filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Many people dread the very thought of filing for bankruptcy, when in fact it is a positive way out to get a fresh start. Do not feel like a failure; you’re doing the right thing.

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Get Debt Free through These Types of Bankruptcy

Posted by Wesley Scott on July 3

Constantly feeling like you are trying to catch up, while preventing yourself from falling further behind, is exhausting. The longer this drags on, the more tired and discouraged you become. Financial stress is known for causing personal health problems as well as relationship issues.

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How To Keep Your Car When Filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Posted by Wesley Scott on June 26

Two of the most common bankruptcy myths lead people to believe that you will lose everything you own and you will never be able to own anything in the future. Both of these are false. Most people who file bankruptcy don’t lose anything and in the future you can buy, own and possess whatever you can afford to make payments on. One of those necessary and often treasured possessions debtors fear losing is their vehicle – their mode of transportation.

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5 Ways to Stop Creditor Harassment

Posted by William Kain on June 23

Best-ways-to-eliminate-credit-card-debt.pngDo any of the following situations sound familiar?

  • Do you have creditors breathing down your neck, constantly applying pressure on you for payment?
  • Are you at the point where you have stopped answering the phone, hoping the important callers will leave a message, just to avoid talking to your creditors?
  • Are you constantly worried when your employer will be contacted and your paycheck will start being affected?
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Stipulations for Receiving a Chapter 7 or 13 Bankruptcy Discharge

Posted by Wesley Scott on June 21

A discharge is a legal term used during bankruptcy and refers to the elimination of your liability from your debts. If you file Chapter 7 your discharge will be granted immediately upon case closing or if you file Chapter 13, your discharge occurs after you complete your repayment period.

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Process

Posted by Wesley Scott on June 18

To initiate the chapter 7 bankruptcy process you must file a petition. Along with this petition you must file the following:

  • Schedule of assets & liabilities
  • Schedule of current income and expenditures
  • Statement of financial affairs
  • Schedule of executor contracts and unexpired leases
  • Copy of the most recent tax year tax return or transcript
    • Previous unfiled tax returns
    • Tax returns filed during the bankruptcy case
  • Certificate of credit counseling (copy of debt repayment plan completed during credit counseling)
  • Evidence of payment from employers received 60 days before filing
  • Statement of monthly net income (plus any anticipated increase in income or expenses after filing)
  • Record of any interest in federal or state qualified education or tuition accounts
  • Schedule of exempt property
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How a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Can Alleviate Your Stress

Posted by Wesley Scott on June 16

Your stress will begin to diminish the day you decide to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Taking action against your debts will take some of the pressure off – but taking action to abolish your debt completely will have you sleeping peacefully at night.

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What Are My Options for Personal Bankruptcy | Chapter 7

Posted by William Kain on June 11

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is right for you if you have no assets to lose and, after paying basic monthly expenses, you have no money left to pay off debts. It gives you a fresh start and can alleviate your stress by removing your liability for repaying debt. Primary priorities for Chapter 7 filers should be to keep exempt assets and be relieved of all liability for as many debts as possible.

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