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Inside you will find over 500 helpful articles discussing the Chapter 7 & 13 Bankruptcy Process and other solutions for difficult financial situations.


      Bank refuses to retrieve vehicle (collateral) in Minneapolis, MN Chapter 7 Bankruptcy; why?

      Posted by Wesley Scott on March 4

          We get this phone call often. The person on the other end of the call is a former client of LifeBack Law Firm. The client has a vehicle loan for 10k and the vehicle is now a pile of junk. Yes, it is unusual for a bank not to want their collateral back, unless the collateral is junk.

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      Is My Lawnmower Protected if I File a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Saint Paul, Minnesota?

      Posted by Wesley Scott on February 22

      Filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy is a great way for individuals struggling with debt to find financial relief. Anyone who earns less than the median Minnesota State income, based on their household size, can file a chapter 7 bankruptcy case. When they do so, the court discharges their personal liability on all of their debts, with a few exceptions (i.e. past due child support, most taxes, criminal fines, etc.)

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      Minneapolis, Minnesota Bankruptcy Basics

      Posted by Amanda Scharber on October 28

      At LifeBack Law we file both chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. A chapter 7 is referred to as a liquidation bankruptcy, where as a chapter 13 bankruptcy is a restructuring of your debt.

      The timing of your bankruptcy discharge will depend on which chapter you file. With a chapter 7 bankruptcy you will receive your discharge roughly 90 days after filing. For a chapter 13 your discharge date will be three to five years after your case was filed. 


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      Public Benefits #2 in Minneapolis, MN; Bankruptcy and public benefits.

      Posted by Wesley Scott on October 19

      Welcome back to our series of blog posts on the history and philosophy of the economy, bankruptcy, and debt – today we continue to discuss public benefits, specifically social security and other 20th century public benefits. 

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      What Do I Need to File Bankruptcy in Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Posted by Amanda Scharber on October 12

      If you are looking at filing bankruptcy in Minneapolis, Minnesota, you may be wondering what steps you have to take and what you need to file. Every case is different, therefore the below is a general guideline and idea. 

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      Nondischargeability of Debts in Bankruptcy in Minneapolis, MN: 523(A)(6)

      Posted by Col Ovik on October 2

      Not all debts in a bankruptcy are dischargeable. 11 U.S.C. § 523 of the Bankruptcy Code provides exceptions to the dischargeability of some debts. This blog will address the nondischargeability of debts encompassed by Section 523(a)(6). 

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      Bankruptcy Policy Rationales in the 20th Century

      Posted by Wesley Scott on September 22

      Over my last posts, we discussed the bankruptcy regimes in the United States up to the Chandler Act of 1938. It is worth taking a moment to plot the policy concerns over those periods.

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      Don’t Pay Back Family Members before Filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Case

      Posted by Wesley Scott on August 19

      Bankruptcy provides financial relief for many people who are struggling to pay their debts. A chapter 7 bankruptcy case is a powerful tool that allows people to completely wipe out most types of debts without having to make any payments to their creditors. In the vast majority of cases, people who file for bankruptcy lose little-to-no property in exchange for receiving their discharge. When considering filing a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, one should be very cautious about the financial transactions they engage in with close friends and family members prior to filing their case. Although one may be acting with the best of intentions, their actions may have an unintended negative impact upon their bankruptcy case and even upon their own close friends and family members.

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      I Can File a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy but Should I?

      Posted by Col Ovik on June 29

      Not everyone is eligible to file a chapter 7 bankruptcy. There are income requirements to filing a chapter 7 and those individuals that do not meet the income requirements, will not be able to file a chapter 7 bankruptcy. But, even those that do meet the eligibility requirements to file a chapter 7, may find the outcome of filing a chapter 7 disagreeable. While chapter 7 filings are effective vehicles for discharging unsecured debt and they are short in duration, there are times when even those eligible for a chapter 7 bankruptcy may choose to file a chapter 13 instead.

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      Handling Secured Debts in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

      Posted by Wesley Scott on June 8

      When a person files a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, they often have secured debts. These types of debts are secured to certain property, known as “collateral,” which can be taken to satisfy the debt if the debt is not repaid by the borrower.  Home mortgages and car loans are examples of secured debts as the lender retains a “lien” on the home or car (the collateral) and can foreclose on the home, or repossess the car, if the borrower defaults on their monthly payments on the debt. 

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      Can I Keep Credit Cards in my Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

      Posted by Danielle Lin on June 2

      A Chapter 7 bankruptcy works as a quick reset button – all of your unsecured debt will be wiped out in approximately 3-4 months, from the date your case is filed. Unsecured debt includes credit card debt, medical bill debt, and personal loans. This sounds exciting, as it certainly provides you with a fresh new start. Instead of paying your credit card bills, you can simply wipe out the remaining debt you have. You can obtain a new credit card after you receive your bankruptcy discharge, and rebuild your credit score by using the credit card and paying it off every month. 

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      How Long Does a Bankruptcy Case Take?

      Posted by Amanda Scharber on May 16

       We file two different kinds of bankruptcy cases at LifeBack Law, both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. How long each will take and a timeline of what happens in each differs. Below we will go through both.

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      Who is the Trustee?

      Posted by Amanda Scharber on May 12

      The trustee is another attorney who is assigned to your case by the US Trustee to represent the bankruptcy estate. The trustee is the person who administers your estate and distributes any funds that come in during your case. They also make sure what you said in your bankruptcy case is truthful and correct and verify the information you provided. You will meet with the bankruptcy trustee at the 341 hearing, usually about 4 to 6 weeks after your case is filed.

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      How to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Maple Grove, Minnesota

      Posted by Wesley Scott on May 5

         If you find yourself knee deep in debt, you are not alone. Each, year, thousands and thousands of Minnesotans just like you and I end up with overwhelming debt and the need to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Hitting the reset button on your financial life is not as hard as you think. Once you wrap your mind around the “b” word, the actual process of filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is no so difficult to tolerate.

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      What Can and Cannot Happen In a Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

      Posted by Charles Nguyen on April 23

      Here is what CAN occur in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy:

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      Unemployment Benefits and Related Claims in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Case

      Posted by Wesley Scott on April 5

       Job loss is a common reason that people file for bankruptcy. In many cases, when an individual loses their job, they are entitled to certain benefits to help them while they seek new employment. While these types of unemployment benefits are generally “exempt,” meaning legally protected from creditors, there are some exceptions and nuances in the law. Debtors filing for bankruptcy in Minnesota may choose between Federal exemptions and State exemptions to exempt, and protect, their property.

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