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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.


What Debts Aren’t Discharged in a Bankruptcy

Posted by Charles Nguyen on March 24

One of the most important parts of filing a bankruptcy is the ability to get rid, or discharge your debts.  

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The Truth About Student Loan Debt and Bankruptcy

Posted by Wesley Scott on November 20

Student loan debt is what we have done to our children. The promise to the children is this: go to school, get a degree, and make more money and have a better life right? The price tag for this promise? Crippling student loan debt that can survive your death even. Like a gimmicky infomercial that promises some get-rich-quick scheme, colleges are infomercials on steroids. The price tag for an infomercial product or service may be 2-10k. The price tag for a college degree can easily exceed 100k. And who gets duped in the end and left holding the bag for this empty promise? You!

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Fees to Consider When Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Duluth, MN

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 30

First of all, you should be proud of yourself for making the decision to get your life back. At Kain & Scott, we know this decision is not easy to make. But do you know what all of our former clients tell us? Their only regret is that they didn’t file sooner! So congratulations for making that decision, you will not regret it. Now how much are the fees to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Duluth, Minnesota? 

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How to Understand Bankruptcy in Minnesota

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 21

I love it when I am looking to research a topic and I find the website that is the leading authority on it don’t you? If you need to research what is Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy, what the bankruptcy process is like in Minnesota, and what are the fees, you need to go to www.kainscott.com, Minnesota’s LARGEST Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy website. No cheesy gimmicks just quality information on what is a Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy, what is the process of Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy in Minnesota, and what are the fees.

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Do My Credit Cards Get Closed When I File Bankruptcy In Brainerd?

Posted by Misty Myers on May 16

Many of us, when we are going through financial difficulties, have relied on credit cards to get us through.  We have “emergency credit cards.” We have the credit card to use in a pinch to get us through until the next pay check.  To think about not having that safety net is scary, right? So, for many of us, to think about filing bankruptcy, even if it means getting rid of the debt that haunts us, it also means the scary thought of losing that safety net.  What happens if I need money and I still have a week before my next pay check? What do I do? Does filing bankruptcy mean I lose all of my credit cards? What will be my back up plan? How long before I get another card? What will I do in the meantime?  These are all valid questions and these are things Kain & Scott can help you answer as we prepare you for bankruptcy

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Can Bankruptcy Save My House?

Posted by Misty Myers on March 29

The home foreclosure “crisis” passed from the headlines a number of years ago. But many Minnesota families still struggle with this issue. Largely, that’s because the Gopher State has one of the fastest foreclosure timelines in the country. After just one missed payment, the bank could take your house in only a few months.

Some people in this situation hire lawyers, go to court, and file restraining orders against the mortgage companies. That legal maneuver does not have a negative impact on a credit score. But in all but the most extreme cases, such as a fraudulent home inspection report, a restraining order only delays the inevitable, at best.

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I Have a Judgment Lien on My home in Walker, MN

Posted by Misty Myers on March 14

Most of the time, it is a wonderful thing to have equity in your home.  There is a sense of pride in it and it can be considered an investment that will someday pay off.  Sometimes, though, the fact that you have equity in your home is like blood in shark infested water.  If you have an unsecured debt (such as a credit card) that went unpaid and a creditor received a judgment, that creditor could put a judgment lien on your home.  That means if you sell your home, that creditor could get a portion of the equity in your home. Is there any way to protect the equity in your home in Walker, Minnesota?  Do you have any options for getting rid of the debt and the lien? How do you fix this and get your life back?

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Can Bankruptcy Protect You From A Lawsuit In Minnesota?

Posted by William Kain on February 28

Just like consumer bankruptcy can stop home foreclosure, wage garnishment, vehicle repossession, and most other types of adverse creditor action, bankruptcy can also stop lawsuits. Even if the trial is scheduled for tomorrow, bankruptcy can halt it.

For many people, a creditor lawsuit is a remote, theoretical possibility. They know it can happen, but they do not believe it will ever happen to them. Suddenly, there’s an unfamiliar knock on the door at an unusual hour and someone, usually a Minnesota peace officer, delivers a summons.

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Posted by William Kain on February 26

It is so common in my practice to meet with clients who have been experiencing financial distress for a long time. The clients have been fighting to keep their financial heads above water for, it seems to them, forever.  I’ve told many people I meet in conference that my best clients are the people who have fought hard to stay out of a bankruptcy and resolve their financial issues informally with their creditors.

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Posted by William Kain on February 21

For the past six weeks we’ve taken a pretty “deep dive” into the nuts and bolts of bankruptcy. This week, I’ll try to wrap this up with a look at the function of the bankruptcy discharge - the “finish line” for bankruptcy. Again, the lens through which I will look at this issue is the twin policy goals of bankruptcy - to treat creditors fairly and to allow debtors to live with dignity.

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Can Bankruptcy Be Filed On Medical Bills In Minnesota?

Posted by William Kain on February 19

Hundreds of your neighbors want to know the same thing, because medical bills are the leading cause of consumer bankruptcy in Minneapolis. For various reasons, these expenses have increased much faster than the cost of other goods and services, so the size of these bills catches many people off guard.

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Protecting Your Privacy During a Minnesota Bankruptcy

Posted by William Kain on February 9

One of the main concerns our clients have about filing for bankruptcy in Minnesota is the protection of their privacy.

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How Does Bankruptcy “Work” - Part 4

Posted by William Kain on February 8

For the last three weeks, I’ve written about the function of bankruptcy to serve the twin purposes Congress set out in passing bills that codified bankruptcy law into the Bankruptcy Code: treating creditors fairly and allowing debtors to live with dignity.  I’ve written about why the bankruptcy debtor has to list assets and liabilities accurately in her schedules, about the specific features of chapter 13, the benefits of the automatic stay in bankruptcy and the requirement that the bankruptcy debtor list all of her creditors in her bankruptcy paperwork.  This week, I’ll continue to look at how bankruptcy law and procedure seeks to meet the policy goals of Congress.

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How Does Bankruptcy "Work" - Part 3

Posted by William Kain on January 31

In the last two weeks I’ve written about how bankruptcy "works" - the nuts and bolts of bankruptcy law so that the policy goals of bankruptcy law can be met. The two main underpinnings of bankruptcy are to treat creditors fairly and to allow debtors to live with dignity. My first blog dealt with the contents of the bankruptcy petition, schedules and statements - documents that must be filed in every bankruptcy case - and how the information contained in these documents further the policy goals of bankruptcy.

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How Much Does Filing for Bankruptcy in Minnesota Cost?

Posted by Kelsey Quarberg on January 30

You may have heard or seen advertisements claiming that this firm or that firm offers low-cost bankruptcy filing. But do you know what that advertised “low price” will actually cost you?

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Are Bankruptcy Discharged Debts Taxable In Minnesota?

Posted by William Kain on January 29

Typically, if someone else pays a person’s debts, the IRS considers such payments to be taxable income. Prominent exceptions include certain student loan repayments and gift repayments. Based on that analysis, many people think the answer to this question is a resounding “yes.” But it is actually a surprising “no,” because bankruptcy discharge is different from debt repayment.

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How Does Bankruptcy “Work” - Part 2

Posted by William Kain on January 24

Last week, I wrote about the nuts and bolts of bankruptcy - how bankruptcy “works.” In doing so, I concentrated on the paperwork any bankruptcy debtor has to file with the court: the bankruptcy petition, schedules and statements.  And I wrote about those documents through the lens of the two goals of bankruptcy: to treat a debtor’s creditors fairly, and to allow the debtor to live with dignity.  This week, I want to take a deeper look at how bankruptcy law attempts to satisfy those two goals.

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Can I File Bankruptcy For my Deceased Parent’s Home in Walker, MN?

Posted by Misty Myers on January 22

What happens when the unexpected happens? You are going along and unexpectedly (or perhaps it is expected), your parent passes away without a will, leaving their home to you as the beneficiary. You are now trying to juggle the mortgage payment on your parent’s home in an effort to keep the home in the family, in addition to another mortgage and your own debt. Pretty soon you realize that your parents were behind on their mortgage payments when they passed away and you get that dreaded foreclosure notice. You were barely making ends meet before and now you need to come up with additional money to save the house.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Filing Bankruptcy in Minneapolis

Posted by Wesley Scott on October 24

Ok, so you know you need to file for bankruptcy, but still want to know what’s going to happen to your debt?  More importantly, you want to understand what’s going to happen to your belongings?  Well, the annoying answer to these questions is “it depends.”  In Minneapolis, you are fortunate to have the option of using the rules provided for in the federal bankruptcy code or the benefits provided for under Minnesota Statute.  Depending on your specific situation, it may be more advantageous to use one set of rules over the other.  Before we dive into the discussion about your assets, we’ll take a look at what type of debts you can discharge through bankruptcy.

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3 Things You Should Never Do Before Filing Bankruptcy In MN

Posted by Wesley Scott on February 29

Have you ever had the experience of buying a piece of furniture that was in a box, not yet assembled? Oh how I hate and I mean HATE assembling furniture. You take everything out of the box, lay it on the floor, and think well this doesn’t look that complicated. So, without further ado, you start screwing this together, and that piece with this piece and things are going fairly well. And then it happens, you are 2/3 finished when a piece of the furniture remains and the furniture just doesn’t quite look right- right?

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