There are many reasons to file for bankruptcy—from resolving credit card debts to reorganizing a mortgage into a repayment plan. And bankruptcy can be a highly effective way to fix financial problems that would otherwise fester and grow worse. Because every part of the bankruptcy process is handled through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, filing for bankruptcy is a protected legal process and one of the most effective immediate and long-term solutions for financial difficulties. If you are struggling with debt in your life as an individual or a business, filing for bankruptcy can help. For those with a low income or a failing business, Behm Law Group Ltd. can work with you to build and file a successful case for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Pipestone, MN.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a liquidation process for individual consumers or businesses. In exchange for debt discharge, Chapter 7 trustees can sometimes sell certain assets you own and return the value gained to your creditors. This process may seem like a drastic measure, but the court protects you from losing any properties that you need for day-to-day life (home, car, etc.) with exemption allowances. Plus, your debts connected to unsecured loans will also be discharged (credit card debt, hospital bills, etc.).
In addition to debt recovery, filing for bankruptcy provides several other financial and legal remedies. One more unusual legal issue that can be resolved through bankruptcy is any lawsuit your creditors file because of your lack of debt payments. These suits become judgement lawsuits in a bankruptcy case, and they can be treated in one of two ways.
- Your lawsuit progress is halted as soon as you file for bankruptcy and is eventually dissolved in your Chapter 7 case. This occurs if your lawsuit is connected to a low-impact debt. For example, credit card debts, car loans, medical bills (with an exception addressed later), personal loans, mortgages, and more are all low-impact debts when they are put into the light of a pending lawsuit and bankruptcy case. When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, these lawsuits are halted and you will not be held responsible for any costs.
- Your lawsuit progress is halted as soon as you file for bankruptcy, but is deemed a high-impact case and is not dissolved in your Chapter 7 case. High-impact cases typically involve actions you made that directly affected another person’s health, life, or well-being. For example, common high-impact suits connected to a debt you owe include those involving your payment of alimony or child support, any fraud or criminal activity, your drunk or reckless driving that caused injury, or other causes of injury to another person (two reasons your medical bill-related debts might be non-dischargeable). These cases can also be connected to priority debts like tax debts.
If you are considering filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Pipestone, MN, and have a lawsuit connected to a debt, contact Behm Law Group Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 to learn more.