Bankruptcy Myths Debunked – Part 4

This is the fourth part in a series of bankruptcy myths debunked. We have already debunked the myths that everyone will know you declared bankruptcy, your credit will be ruined forever, and that you’ll lose everything you own. The final myth we will debunk is that declaring bankruptcy is an honest and accurate reflection of your moral character. Declaring bankruptcy is not a moral failing. In no way should filing bankruptcy be construed to identify you as an unscrupulous deadbeat trying to skip-out on your bills by using the law to “legally steal” from others. Declaring bankruptcy simply means you have encountered financial hardships beyond your control that have put you in a situation in which you need the help and protection as provided by law.

You did not get in this situation on purpose

A deadbeat is someone who borrows or accepts money with no intention of repaying their financial obligations. A deadbeat shamelessly takes advantage of the system and of the people around him or her and a deadbeat has no ill feelings for the damage he or she causes by doing this.

You didn’t do this. You had every intention of paying your bills and faithfully meeting your financial obligations, but something happened that was out of your control. Maybe you or a loved one got sick. Maybe you lost a job. There are a whole host of events that could have put you in need of declaring bankruptcy, none of which have anything to do with your integrity or moral character.

Bankruptcy is for people like you

One of the reasons the option of bankruptcy exists is to help people in your situation. Our society recognizes that people get into financial trouble for many reasons, most of which are not their fault. It provides them with a means to seek protection and start over to re-establish their finances.

Getting help

A Minnesota bankruptcy attorney can show you how bankruptcy can provide you the financial relief and protection you need. At Behm Law Group, LTD, we specialize in helping people in your situation. Our bankruptcy attorneys will treat you with dignity and respect.

Bankruptcy Myths Debunked – Part 3

This is the third part in a series of bankruptcy myths debunked. The first myth we debunked was that everyone will know when you declare bankruptcy. The second myth is that declaring bankruptcy will ruin your credit forever. The third myth we address is that when you declare bankruptcy you will lose everything you own. Perhaps you’ve seen something on TV or in the movies that perpetuates this myth, such as someone sitting on the floor of a nearly empty house while workers haul away everything they own. Fortunately, this is far from the truth.

Exempt property

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is sometimes called “liquidation bankruptcy.” This sounds scary because the term “liquidation bankruptcy” seems to convey that a creditor can sell or liquidate some of your possessions. However, bankruptcy law provides various bankruptcy exemptions, covering most types of property, which allow you to retain that property from seizure or liquidation. In the vast majority of bankruptcy cases, people do not lose anything other than their debts. Examples of exempt property include necessary clothing, motor vehicles, household furniture, jewelry to a certain value, tools of your trade, your pension, welfare income, social security, and unemployment compensation. Other exempt property includes appliances, equity in your home, and monetary damages you received for personal injury.

Protecting your rights and property

Protecting your property is an important reason you need an experienced bankruptcy lawyer. You need an advocate to protect your interests and your property. The Minnesota bankruptcy attorneys at Behm Law Group, LTD are on your side. Not only will we help you get the relief you need, we will help you protect and retain all the property and possessions you are entitled by law to keep.

Bankruptcy Myths Debunked – Part 2

This is the second part in a series of bankruptcy myths debunked. The first myth we debunked was that everyone will know when you declare bankruptcy. The second myth to be debunked is that declaring bankruptcy will ruin your credit forever. While a bankruptcy filing can be reflected on your credit history for anywhere from five to ten years, it affords you the ability to restart your financial life and rebuild your credit history. Even though a bankruptcy filing will be reflected on your credit history, you will likely be a more attractive credit risk to future creditors because those creditors will know that they will not have to compete with your pre-existing/pre-bankruptcy filing creditors to get paid. You need to know the facts in order to make an informed decision about filing bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy is a chance to rebuild your credit

Chances are, if you are considering bankruptcy, you’re credit is already in terrible shape and you see no chance to improve your situation. The deeper your debt becomes the harder it is to find a way to dig your way out of it. This begs the question: How can declaring bankruptcy ruin your credit when your credit is already in a state of ruin? With bankruptcy relief, you have the opportunity to rebuild your finances and get the second chance you need.

You can build credit after bankruptcy

Declaring bankruptcy does not mean your ability to recover a good standing regarding credit is lost or forfeited forever. There are still ways to responsibly rebuild your credit after bankruptcy. With the financial relief bankruptcy provides, you can restructure your finances, start saving your money and building your net worth. After you have saved some money you can get a secured credit card and start demonstrating your credit worthiness. With time and diligence you can rebuild your credit.

Bankruptcy is not forever

While it is true that a bankruptcy can be reflected on your credit history for five to ten years, you will probably be more attractive credit-wise to new creditors because you will be free of the vast majority of your old creditors. A bankruptcy filing will not prevent you from demonstrating that you can again be trusted with credit. At Behm Law Group LTD, our Minnesota bankruptcy attorneys know that a second chance can help people rebuild their finances and get their lives back. If you want your life back, give the bankruptcy lawyers at Behm Law Group LTD a call.

Bankruptcy Myths Debunked – Part 1

This is the first part in a series that debunks myths about bankruptcy. The first myth to be debunked is that everyone will know when you declare bankruptcy. Maybe you have fears of people watching you and whispering to one another when you go to work, your place of worship, or social events. Like some myths, this particular one has some aspects that are based on a degree of truth, but also “facts” that aren’t always true. Regardless of how you think you may be perceived by friends, co-workers or family, you need to make the decision to file for bankruptcy based on the facts of your particular situation and not from fears based on half truths.

Bankruptcy Proceedings are Matters of Public Record

Bankruptcy matters are made part of the public record and this fact can be a source of fear for some people. However, just because bankruptcy proceedings are part of the public record does not mean that everyone finds out about them. Unless one is a celebrity or unless one is prominent in one’s community, it is unlikely the media will report or even care about one’s bankruptcy filing. In Minnesota, bankruptcy proceedings are, with a few exceptions such as the Denny Hecker bankruptcy case, not published in newspapers. This is different from many foreclosure proceedings which must be published in newspapers to comply with the foreclosure notice requirements under Minnesota law.

Many People File for Bankruptcy

Because of the high cost of medical treatments, bad economy, job loss, and a host of other reasons, many more people than you probably realize file for bankruptcy relief. Chances are, you already know some people who have found themselves in desperate financial circumstances and have needed to declare bankruptcy. Perhaps people whom you know have actually told you about their bankruptcy proceedings. Perhaps people whom you know that actually have filed for bankruptcy relief have not told you about it.  Regardless, the reality is that while bankruptcy proceedings are matters of public record in most cases people never hear about whether any particular person actually has filed.  With the large number of people filing for bankruptcy, few publications have the space or resources to list the names of people who have filed.

Certain parties such as creditors one owes money to, bankruptcy court officials, and other necessary parties must be notified of a bankruptcy proceeding because the bankruptcy code requires it and because many of those same parties actually administer and participate in the bankruptcy proceeding. Generally speaking, however, unless one tells someone else about a bankruptcy or unless one must list someone as a creditor in a bankruptcy, no one else will find out about it. If someone really wanted to do so, one could access the bankruptcy court docket in any particular state and find out about any bankruptcy proceeding. However, accessing federal court records is not an easy process and can be expensive.

Know the Truth

Any competent and responsible Minnesota bankruptcy attorney should be well versed regarding the repercussions of bankruptcy. At Behm Law Group, we have assisted numerous clients through the bankruptcy process. For all of them, declaring bankruptcy served as a welcome financial and emotional relief. Filing bankruptcy has provided them with a fresh start. If you have questions about bankruptcy, don’t hesitate to contact us at Behm Law Group Ltd.