If you are working through a difficult financial time, you are not alone. The results of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated economic hardships are impacting millions of individuals and businesses across the United States. Through the process of filing for bankruptcy, debt relief and financial stability are all possible for people who are struggling to pay their bills.
Filing for bankruptcy may seem like a tough choice, but it’s a much more common occurrence than you might think. In fact, bankruptcy is a legal process that aids many individuals and businesses in need of positive debt relief and financial rehabilitation. If you take the step to file for bankruptcy relief, Behm Law Group Ltd. can provide you with bankruptcy assistance in St. Peter, MN, and the surrounding area. Our attorneys’ expert legal support can help you work through a case and limit the risk of having your bankruptcy case dismissed with or without prejudice.
To eliminate the potential for abuse of the bankruptcy system, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court system has strict requirements for filers. Bankruptcy petitions involve extensive documentation of your financial situation and rigorous paperwork on top of pre-bankruptcy requirements. The guidance and support of a Behm attorney can help you navigate through the very nuanced bankruptcy filing process and prevent the possibility of case dismissal.
If there is intentional fraud or other such issues with your case, the court could dismiss your bankruptcy case with prejudice, and this ruling comes with its own significant restrictions on being permitted to file for bankruptcy relief again and the potential of criminal prosecution. However, even if there is no intentional fraudulent behavior or abuse of the bankruptcy system involved in your case, there is still the possibility of that your case could be dismissed without prejudice. Dismissal without prejudice is highly improbable with the expertise and legal aid of an experienced lawyer. If you choose to file without the support of an attorney, you will have a greater chance for dismissal of your bankruptcy case without prejudice.
In fact, dismissal without prejudice can occur if you:
- Do not file the correct bankruptcy forms or fail to fill out a form accurately
- Do not submit full documentation of your financial standing that supports your bankruptcy paperwork
- Do not perform all pre-bankruptcy requirements, including the attendance of a credit counseling course with an approved credit counseling agency
- Do not attend the 341 hearing
- Do not make monthly payments to your trustee in the event you file a Chapter 13 case and have a repayment plan approved and put into motion for a three- to five-year period
- Fail to meet any additional deadlines or paperwork requirements that may be specific to your case
If the court dismisses your case without prejudice, you can file again right away with corrections made and other failures remedied. However, if you file again right away, the automatic stay placed on your creditors’ ability to collect debts is limited to 30 days. Also, if you have two or more cases dismissed within the past year, you will receive no automatic stay protection when you file again.
To learn more about receiving bankruptcy assistance in St. Peter, MN, contact Behm Law Group Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.