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Tackling Your Debt During the Holiday Season

Posted by Kelsey Quarberg on December 13

Has your debt landed you on the naughty list this year?

It’s that time of year when Santa is making his annual inventory of all the good and bad Minnesotans. But Santa isn’t alone: many Minnesota families are also taking a good hard look at their finances and wondering how much crunch they will feel once their credit card statements come in January. According to a recent report, the average American family spent almost $1,000 on just gifts during the 2016 holiday season and the projected expense of the 2017 season is expected to be even higher. For Minnesota families that are already struggling financially, the added cost of the holidays can turn a bad situation into a dire one.

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Mobile Home Repossession Laws in Minnesota

Posted by Margaret Henehan on December 12

Most of us been in a position where we have been living paycheck to paycheck and have to pick and choose whether to pay certain bills or put food on the table for our families.  Families should not have to go through this, but up until the point they come into my office, that is often the case.  Now, sometimes one of the bills that doesn’t get paid is the mortgage.  If you live in a home and the mortgage is secured by land, the home would go through the normal foreclosure process.  But what happens if you live in a mobile home and the mortgage is not secured by land, and instead you rent the lot?  The process is a little different.

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Should I be Considering Bankruptcy if I’m Current on all my Payments?

Posted by Wesley Scott on December 11

I get this question a lot. When is the right time to think about bankruptcy? Should I even be considering it if I’m current with everything? I think it really depends on circumstances and if you can project what the next couple of months forward will look like.

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Commonly Asked Questions About Secured Debt and Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on December 8

For the last three weeks, I’ve tried to answer some very commonly-asked questions: what’s the difference between chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy?  The answer to that question is fairly easy - chapter 7 is a liquidation approach to money problems, while chapter 13 is a repayment program.  And the mechanics of the two chapters - the preparation of a petition, schedules and statements, the filing of the petition and schedules, and the steps to obtain a discharge - are also fairly easy to explain.  But since it’s taken me four weeks-worth of blogs to cover this topic, it’s the follow-up question “what’s the best chapter for us?” is more complex.  This week, I’ll write some more about the differences between the two chapters.

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How to File Bankruptcy in Minnesota

Posted by William Kain on December 5

One of the most frequent questions potential clients ask us is, “do I really need a lawyer to file bankruptcy?” The answer is an overwhelming “yes!” While there is no law that requires you to hire a lawyer to handle your bankruptcy, it’s a good idea and can save you a significant amount of time and money.

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What Types of Debt Can (and Can’t) Be Discharged in a Minnesota Bankruptcy

Posted by Margaret Henehan on December 4

One of the most common points of confusion among potential clients who are considering filing bankruptcy in Minnesota is what types of debt can be discharged.

“Is all my debt eligible?” 
"What about my house and car?” 
“Can I get rid of my student loans?”
“Is there anything you can do about my hospital bills?”
“I have a huge utility bill – can I file for that?”

What many people don’t realize is that not all debt is the same and, as such, not all debt can be discharged with bankruptcy, regardless of the type of Minnesota bankruptcy you file.

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Defeat Your Credit Card Debt with Minnesota Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on November 22

With the holiday season approaching, many Minnesotans are planning on using credit cards to get through the annual spending splurge. With so many purchases this time of year—gifts, airplane tickets, gas, food, and trimmings—many families drastically increase their amount of credit card debt every holiday season. A recent study suggests that the average American household will spend $422 this year on gifts for each child in their household: that’s enough green to make anyone see red!

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How to Stop Foreclosure, Repossession, & Creditor Harassment with Bankruptcy

Posted by Kelsey Quarberg on November 21

If you’re one of the thousands of Minnesota residents struggling with debt, chances are you might be faced with some form of aggressive collections actions from creditors in the near future. What many Minnesotans don’t realize, however, is that there is one way to stop foreclosure, repossession, and creditor harassment fast: by filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Minnesota.

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How to Stop Snowballing Debt Fast with Minnesota Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on November 16

Is your debt snowballing out of control this winter?

If there’s one thing that Minnesotans know, it’s snow. With an average annual snowfall of between 36 and 70 inches, The North Star State has experience handling whatever Old Man Winter throws its way.

But if you have snowballing debt, you will need more than a shovel and mittens this Minnesota winter.

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Kain & Scott: Minnesota Bankruptcy Services As Unique As You Are

Posted by Kelsey Quarberg on November 14

Have you ever been tempted by “one size fits all” Minnesota bankruptcy services? Advertisements for law firms that claim to understand the complexity of your financial situation without ever meeting you or discussing your information? Law firms that tout their bankruptcy expertise, without ever having actually taken a Minnesota bankruptcy case at all, let alone one that is exactly like yours?

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Am I Going To Lose My House? - Part 3

Posted by William Kain on October 25

Last week, I finished writing about the way that Minnesota state law treats home ownership in bankruptcy cases. If you recall, Minnesota is one of 15 states nation-wide that allow people who file bankruptcy to either use the property protections found in the Federal Bankruptcy Code or the property protections found in Minnesota Statutes to protect their interests in property - both real estate and personal property. In bankruptcy cases, when property is protected, the property is termed “exempt.” For many of my clients, the anxiety they feel regarding the decision of whether to file a bankruptcy case has to do with making sure that the property they own and want to retain is exempt.

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How Can I Keep My Family Out Of My Bankruptcy? – Part 2

Posted by William Kain on October 20

I’ve been writing about the interaction between a bankruptcy debtor and the debtor’s relatives for the past three weeks. During that time, I’ve looked at the complications that can arise from having relatives involved in a debtor’s financial affairs - and how almost every debtor who has been my client very much wants to keep family members from getting entangled in the debtor’s bankruptcy case.

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(Video) 2 Things Every Minnesotan Should Know Before Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 18

The humility of being alive. Overwhelming debt can pose a problem for anyone- literally anyone. Don’t think you are immune from this happening to you because you are not. Each year, nearly 15,000 Minnesotans file bankruptcy as a result of overwhelming debt.

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Am I Going To Lose My House? - Part 2

Posted by William Kain on October 16

Last week, I wrote about the issue of home protection in bankruptcy. And it’s a fairly complicated issue. But the bottom line is that if you are a homeowner that lives in Minnesota, and you need to file a bankruptcy case to resolve your financial issues, the equity in your home is almost certain to be exempt - that is, your home can’t be taken from you by a bankruptcy trustee if you want to protect it.

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(Video) Why Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy In Eden Prairie Should Be Your First Choice

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 11

We know, everyone thinks that bankruptcy should be your last choice. However, if you are suffering from overwhelming debt in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, you really have limited options on how to solve the debt problem for good. In the end, filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Eden Prairie, Minnesota should be your first choice.

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