Why Many Local Restaurants File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Jackson, MN

Running a business is a difficult endeavor, especially if it’s a young company. Maintaining a steady income and company growth means battling on several different fronts and working through many different expenses. Not only do the local economy and your business marketing endeavors affect your business standing, but also the national and even global economy play a role as well. Additionally, some businesses are even more difficult to run than others. Restaurants, for example, are notoriously difficult to maintain successfully. Behm Law Group Ltd. has helped many people work through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Jackson, MN, and the surrounding area.

 

If you find yourself facing a business bankruptcy after your restaurant becomes impossible to maintain, you’re not alone. Every year, many restaurants close due to bankruptcy, each case with its own unique set of circumstances. Despite the differences among cases, we can often highlight several common factors that played a part in the situation leading up to a bankruptcy.

 

Common Factors Playing a Part in Bankruptcy

 

  1. Capital: Restaurants require a lot of capital to operate. Not only does this include expensive kitchen equipment, restaurant-specific building systems, staff facilities, a large supply of furniture, registers/accounting systems, uniforms, and many other concrete items, they also include a range of food types with varying shelf lives. Building maintenance and restaurant operations are more expensive than almost any other service company.
  2. Licensing and Property: Liquor licenses, health inspections, zoning laws, rent, property taxes, and many other restaurant requirements are sky-high for restaurants. With the food service industry booming in the United States, state and municipal governments put restrictions on opening restaurants with these licensing and property expenses. In addition, federal health and food safety certification requirements put further strains on business incomes.
  3. Market Saturation: Another effect of the booming restaurant industry is market saturation. Restaurant customers are picky and they are eager to try new things and they are constantly demanding newer options and better quality. This results in a restaurant market that is highly saturated with many different types of restaurants that provide stiff competition to anyone else trying to make a living in the area. All of this means it’s extremely difficult to succeed based on market saturation alone, let alone in addition to other obstacles.

 

All these factors make restaurants a unique business in the fact that they are more difficult to run and more likely candidates for bankruptcy than most other companies.

 

Restaurant owners who file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy will face the good and bad of their situations. Chapter 7 works to liquidate some business assets in exchange for the discharge of debts, including mortgages, personal loans, equipment debts, and more. However, in many cases, this discharge comes with the reality of having to close down operations. It’s not impossible to reopen a restaurant again in the future, but for the time being, filers usually shut down their businesses.

 

If you are considering filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Jackson, MN, contact Behm Law Group Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 to learn more about restaurant bankruptcy cases.

How Filing for Personal Bankruptcy in St. Peter, MN Affects Your Community

If you’re struggling to meet monthly debt payments and feeling the weight of your financial difficulties, it may be time for you to consider some form of debt relief. For many individual consumers and businesses, filing bankruptcy is a highly effective form of debt relief that provides long-term beneficial results.

 

It’s true that bankruptcy has some negative side effects, specifically to your credit, but the advantages far outweigh these effects in the vast majority of cases. Filing may be your ticket to a better financial situation that lasts the rest of your life. With the help of Behm Law Group, Ltd. bankruptcy attorneys, you can determine which type of bankruptcy in St. Peter, MN is right for your situation, and you can put together a successful case that gives you the best results possible.

 

Bankruptcy is a legal process designed to help debtors and creditors alike. It’s a system that recognizes the situation that debts have put filers in but also understands that creditors deserve some kind of recompense for debts owed. This balance of treatment to creditors and debtors that bankruptcy creates is because it’s structured on a nuanced, complex system intertwined into the economic structure at all levels. This means that, overall, bankruptcy provides a support system for every party involved  including borrowers, lenders, and all other financial people/organizations at every financial level.

 

If you choose to file for bankruptcy, the following parties will be affected (not including you and your creditors), both directly and indirectly:

 

  • Family/Friends: Both emotionally and financially, your friends and family may be affected by your bankruptcy. This may appear in several ways depending on your situation. First and most directly, any personal loans you owe to family and friends may be discharged or reorganized into a repayment plan, making whichever loved one that gave you the loan into a creditor involved in bankruptcy. This can put serious stress on a personal relationship, but in addition to this, your loved ones will most likely be made aware of your financial status.

 

  • Local Economy/Government: In many ways, even one bankruptcy affects a municipal government and, in turn, a local economy. No matter the size of your rural or urban area, citizen finances are tied together, which means a bankruptcy in the area will reflect on the local economy. Your bankruptcy may be one of few, but more bankruptcies mark a potentially struggling economy and a local government that will have increasing difficulties in supporting its community. This system is all cyclical, but bankruptcy plays a part in returning that cycle to a positive side.

 

Bankruptcy can also affect the global economy in ways as well, but like many other financial matters, everything occurs on a gradual and cyclical scale.

 

To learn more about filing for bankruptcy in St. Peter, MN, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 today.

 

Understanding and Navigating What You Might Face after Filing Bankruptcy in New Ulm, MN

Life has its ups and downs, which is a cliché, yes, but clichés are often rooted in simple truths. While some individuals and businesses won’t experience as extreme a financial event as bankruptcy, it certainly affects those who do file in many ways. The emotional and mental stresses of financial struggles aside, bankruptcy has its own effects on a filer’s life before, during, and after a case is closed. If you are considering filing bankruptcy in New Ulm, MN, Behm Law Group Ltd. can help you build a strong petition, meet pre-bankruptcy requirements, follow through with your case, and complete the process successfully with as little stress as possible.

 

Behm attorneys are skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced in handling a wide range of Chapter 7, Chapter 13, and Chapter 12 cases, and we have the means to protect and help you through your entire case.  After a bankruptcy is completed, however, you may face a few challenges.

 

As with people who have not filed for bankruptcy relief and who may have bad credit, there are three instances when bankruptcy filers can be discriminated against.

 

  • Loans: Your post-bankruptcy credit scores will not be what they were pre-bankruptcy. Your scores will take a hit, but you can still build up your score over time. Despite this, you may have a hard time getting new loans after filing. Lenders can turn you down for loans or charge higher interest rates on an accepted application. If you are in a credit counseling program, you may experience difficulties getting financing as well.   Many people who file for bankruptcy relief may actually have great credit scores.  However, they are typically unable to do anything even with great credit scores because their debt to income ratio is so skewed.  Simply put, any great credit scores are entirely illusory because people simply have too much debt already and they do not have sufficient income to materially reduce that debt.  Creditors will not make further loans to you when they see that your income is insufficient to pay and materially reduce the debt that you already have.  After a bankruptcy is completed, you may have a poor credit score but, paradoxically, you may be more credit worthy than you were before.  In many ways, bankruptcy “leans you up” debt-wise because you get rid of most, if not all, of your debts.  In many ways, you are like Pinocchio because you don’t have any “debt strings” or you have a lot less of them.  Additionally, you will not qualify for bankruptcy relief again for several years.  Oftentimes, creditors, even the ones you may have included in a bankruptcy case, see this and they are incentivized to work with you again.   They understand that they would get to be first or second in line to get paid by you after a bankruptcy instead of being tenth or fifteenth in line to get paid before a bankruptcy filing.  They also understand that they could garnish your wages and levy on your bank accounts if you don’t pay them and that you would not be able to do anything about it because you would not qualify for bankruptcy relief again for several years.  Therefore, even after a bankruptcy filing, creditors often consider you a very attractive credit risk.

 

  • Employment: Unfortunately, private employers can pass judgment on your application if they know you have filed for bankruptcy or see that you have a lower credit score than other applicants. Most employers wouldn’t want to hire people who are handling a personal issue as significant as bankruptcy or poor finances as there is a chance the financial issue will affect their job performance. Being open and straightforward with employers can help you get through this prejudice, but sadly, it won’t always help them ignore your circumstances.  However, this also happens frequently with people who have poor credit scores and who haven’t filed for bankruptcy relief.  Often, potential employers will see that your situation is more manageable and secure after a bankruptcy than it was before and that you have been freed of the mental anguish and emotional stressors that you had before.  They know that they will not be served with a garnishment summons on your wages because your debt issues have already been taken care of.

 

  • Renting: Like lenders and employers, landlords may also tend to discriminate against potential renters based on their credit scores or recent bankruptcy cases. Understandably, landlords need tenants to pay rent on time. This means they may place judgment on potential renters based on their credit scores. In the eyes of a landlord, it’s simpler and easier to judge based on credit scores than the many other factors that could be involved.

 

In general, you can avoid these post-bankruptcy issues, but if you do experience them, there are ways to navigate these difficulties. To learn more about the process of filing bankruptcy in New Ulm, MN, and life after filing, contact Behm Law Group Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 today.

 

Resolving Medical Bills and Other Debt Relief in Mankato, MN, with Bankruptcy

In the United States, the cost of healthcare is high, even with medical insurance. This expense is often a cause of much hardship for those who encounter medical costs of any kind, expected or otherwise. These expenses put pressure on household finances during an already stressful and often emotional time. If you are facing unmanageable hospital bills and medical expenses on top of other common debts (e.g., credit cards, mortgages, car loans, taxes), you can find debt relief that offers long-term, effective results by filing for bankruptcy. With the help of Behm Law Group Ltd., you can file a successful case and receive debt relief in Mankato, MN, from your medical bills and other debts.

 

While filing for bankruptcy may seem drastic, it is the most effective and direct way of resolving your medical expenses in addition to many other debts. Instead of working through the red tape of most hospital administrations without the assurance that your debts will be resolved at all, consider filing for bankruptcy, which kills several birds with one stone with the treatment of many debts and a guarantee that your medical bills will be completely dissolved.

 

Because medical bills are considered an unsecured debts, they will be fully discharged in any type of bankruptcy you can file for as an individual.

 

Chapter 7

As a liquidation type of bankruptcy, Chapter 7 discharges debts in exchange for the liquidation of your non-exempt assets. In most cases, the bankruptcy exemptions that are available to you are more than sufficient to protect all of your property from liquidation.  Unsecured debts such as credit card debts, and of course, medical bills, are discharged in full. Chapter 7 is the quickest and most expeditious type of bankruptcy to treat unsecured debts because the process usually takes only three to four months to complete.  However, you must pass the Means Test in order to prove you qualify for chapter 7 debt relief by showing that your household income is not greater than the state median income for a household of your size.

 

Chapter 13

Chapter 13 is a debt reorganization form of bankruptcy. Also referred to as wage-earner bankruptcy, Chapter 13 is an option available to those with an incomes too high to file for Chapter 7 or for those who want to protect their non-exempt assets from possible liquidation.  Chapter 13 reorganizes your debts into a manageable three- to five-year repayment plan. This means that you will pay your unsecured debts what you can afford to pay for a limited time with no interest, no late fees and no penalties.  At the end of your three- to five- year plan, whatever amounts of your unsecured debts that remain are discharged.

 

In a nutshell, filing for bankruptcy will ensure your relief from medical bills, and in most cases, many other debts as well. To learn more about filing for bankruptcy and receiving debt relief in Mankato, MN, contact Behm Law Group Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 today.

When and Why Bankruptcy Might Be Your Best Option for Debt Relief in Worthington, MN

In today’s fast-paced consumer world, it might seem easier than ever for businesses to thrive. Despite the increased spending most individuals and households have been doing, especially since the advent of online shopping, many businesses are still struggling with the debts that have existed for years on top of the new financial obligations of the technological age.

 

Debts like building mortgages, equipment expenses, online hosting subscriptions, credit card readers, licenses, and more are all part of running a typical business today. Because of the additional expense that technology requires and the high cost of owning a business, it’s not unexpected that most would benefit greatly from debt relief. Behm Law Group, Ltd. can help you determine if filing for bankruptcy is a form of debt relief in Worthington, MN, that’s right for your situation.

 

Bankruptcy as a form of debt relief can be highly effective for businesses in many different financial situations, but it’s not always the right option. In some cases, filing for bankruptcy may be more detrimental because of the effect it has on your credit and the potential loss of some of your business or personal assets, especially if you want to keep your business operating as usual.

 

Considerations for Debt Relief from Bankruptcy

Often, however, businesses considering bankruptcy at all will likely benefit greatly from the process. To understand if you should think about bankruptcy as a viable option, there are several red flags that can give you an idea of your business’s financial standing:

 

  1. Long-Term Standing: If your income-to-debt ratios show that even a long-term income wouldn’t be sufficient to rebalance your budget and cash flow your business, bankruptcy might be the right choice. Revenue is something that fluctuates throughout the year for every business, but if your bad month turns into a bad quarter, year, and so on, your long-term standing is precarious, if not nonexistent.
  2. At-Risk Assets: If your business is a sole proprietorship or a partnership, as many small businesses are, your personal assets may be at risk if you’re unable to repay your business debts. Creditors can take action to seize your personal property as well as your business assets to repay your debts. If you file for bankruptcy, you can halt any collections with the power of the automatic stay injunctive mandates of 11 U.S.C. §362.
  3. Other Options: There are options outside of bankruptcy that may provide the debt relief you need. Debt consolidation or settlement, negotiating with creditors, and other options may be more suitable to your situation than bankruptcy. However, non-bankruptcy options are often uncertain and precarious because your creditors are not required to work with you and they’re not required to stop collection efforts while you’re trying to work with them.  So-called “debt consolidation companies” who advertise very aggressively on the internet and who purport to deal with your creditors on your behalf are especially troubling.  They have no special influence or legal authority over your creditors and they can’t make your creditors do anything at all.  Often, the only parties who benefit from such non-bankruptcy “debt consolidation plans” are the debt consolidation companies themselves.  Often, people will pay into these plans for months and years only to have their creditors garnish their wages and freeze their bank accounts anyway.  Often, people will not be able to get the money back that they’ve paid to a debt consolidation company because the contracts they sign with such companies provide that the payments first go to satisfy the fees charged by the company before anything gets paid to creditors.  If you’ve considered all other options and still aren’t finding the relief you need, it may be time to think about bankruptcy.
  4. Post-Filing Plan: If you’ve considered bankruptcy and find you’re able to picture filing and establishing a long-term plan, it’s likely you can gain many benefits from filing a bankruptcy case. Behm attorneys can help you build your case and create a post-filing plan for reorganization after bankruptcy is concluded.

 

If you’re looking for debt relief in Worthington, MN, and are considering bankruptcy, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 today to learn more.

Why Student Loans are Leading to Increased Rates of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Owatonna, MN

In many countries across the world, a college degree is considered necessary to enter a majority of job markets, and a bachelor’s degree is often viewed as the minimum standard for education. In the U.S., over 65% of high school graduates attend college, university, or other forms of higher education. The experience and certifications higher education provides are important to many students, but with the rising cost of tuition, a college degree can lead to financial troubles down the road.

Under the weight of large student loans, many college graduates are finding it difficult to keep their heads above financial waters. If you’re struggling to meet monthly debt requirements for any reason, Behm Law Group, Ltd. can help you determine whether filing for bankruptcy is the right choice. If you’re considering filing, our expert attorneys can guide and protect you from start to finish during a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Owatonna, MN.

Student loans rates have increased significantly over the past ten years in the U.S. A recent study showed that 32% of yearly bankruptcies in the U.S. were driven primarily by student loan debts. Those that filed on the basis of student loan debts reported that almost 50% of their debt was made up of federal or third-party student loans. The total of U.S. student loan debt in 2019 is hitting a record high at $1.5 trillion and averaging at about $30,000 per student.  According to a July 24, 2018 Forbes article, the cost of attending a university and obtaining a degree has increased 8 times faster than wages.

With the highly competitive job market and the requirement of even further education within many career paths, new graduates are struggling to repay loans while facing the additional financial requirements of adult life. For many individuals, this struggle meets a breaking point, and bankruptcy or other forms of debt relief must be considered.  According to a May 24, 2012 Forbes article, the cost of higher education has risen 500% since 1986.

 

Student Loans and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

In any type of bankruptcy, it is possible to discharge student loans. However, the process can be protracted, difficult and expensive.  In order to have student loans discharged in bankruptcy, you must actually sue the student loan lender in bankruptcy court and alleged uncommon financial and personal circumstances which would demonstrate undue hardship.   If one proves up circumstances demonstrating undue hardship, the bankruptcy court will discharge one’s student loans.  Typically, the process is unavailable to someone, however, because of the costs and time involved. So why would filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy help college graduates with 50% of their debt in student loans?

 

Put simply, Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharges the majority of other common debts, including credit card debt, car loans, mortgages, medical bills, and personal loans. The process resolves these debts with a liquidation of non-exempt assets in exchange for debt discharge. Typically, in most cases, the bankruptcy exemptions one has available in bankruptcy are very generous and are sufficient to protect all of one’s property and the only things that one loses in bankruptcy are ones debts.  Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the most commonly filed and the most directly effective process of debt relief. However, it’s not a process everyone qualifies for. To be eligible for Chapter 7, filers must pass the Means Test to prove their debt-to-income ratio is severely out of balance. With the high numbers student loans censuses show, almost all college graduates struggling financially can qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

 

If you’re having a hard time meeting your debt payments due to student loans or other factors, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. today at (507) 387-7200 to learn more about filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Owatonna, MN.

Rebuilding Your Business or Starting Fresh after Bankruptcy in Marshall, MN

Owning and operating a business is a difficult endeavor, no matter how small that business is. This is why many businesses find themselves in a financial situation that is less than desirable. If your business is facing debts you’re unable to repay, filing for bankruptcy may be your saving grace in preventing further struggles down the road. With the help of Behm Law Group Ltd., you can file a successful case for bankruptcy in Marshall, MN, and even rebuild your business and your credit after your bankruptcy case is concluded.

 

Business bankruptcies vary depending on the legal status or structure of the business. Any corporations, LLCs or other business formats that have a separate legal and financial standings from their owners typically can file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 11. On the other hand, sole proprietorships and partnerships are directly tied to the owners’ personal assets and personal debts/liabilities, which means they can file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13.

 

For all types of businesses, the Chapter 7 process works in the same way to liquidate business assets (properties, accounts, etc.) in exchange for the discharge of debts. In any Chapter 7 business case, the business is typically closed when the case is completed.

 

Though Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 work similarly to reorganize business debts into a manageable repayment plan, there are some differences. For small businesses, Chapter 13 is often ideal for many reasons. Learn more about the benefits of Chapter 13 here.

 

No matter what type of bankruptcy you file, your business can face a range of challenges down the line. From shutting down your business completely to severely lowering your credit standing, bankruptcy can force significant alterations or changes but those alterations or changes, in most cases, are both rehabilitative and beneficial long-term. It’s absolutely possible to rebuild your business and your credit after filing for bankruptcy relief, whether this means starting anew or rebuilding through a debt repayment plan. Every case is different, but there are some strategies that every business owner can do to rebuild after a bankruptcy filing:

 

  1. Change the way you budget. Something led to your business bankruptcy, and whether that was caused by your actions or by external reasons over which you had absolutely no control, you can make changes in your budget to prepare for challenging financial times. Creating a conservative spending and generous saving plan is often a vital step.
  2. Focus on rebuilding your credit. When your credit is good, your business can use that advantage to expand, which in turn, opens many other doors. Your credit will take a hit after bankruptcy, but you can take small actions to slowly rebuild it. Take care to pay all bills on time, meet your debt requirements, communicate often with your creditors and stay away from just paying the monthly minimum payments.
  3. Consider separating your business finances from your own. When you can (i.e., have the funds and are not on a Chapter 13 debt repayment plan), establish your business as a corporation or LLC (not a sole proprietorship or partnership) to protect yourself from any financial issues.

 

To learn more about how to rebuild your business and your credit after filing for bankruptcy relief in Marshall, MN, contact Behm Law Group Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 today.

 

 

Voluntary vs. Involuntary Case Dismissals When Filing Bankruptcy in Luverne, MN

Across the U.S., individuals and businesses are filing bankruptcy each month. Not only is the process of bankruptcy designed to help filers come back from severe debt as well as sometimes give creditors some financial return, it also provides a system of balance for the economy. If you are considering filing bankruptcy in Luverne, MN or the surrounding area to discharge your debts, you are contributing to the health of the economy of your community, Minnesota, and the U.S. as a whole.

Because bankruptcy was designed to help debtors, creditors, and the economy alike, bankruptcy law has complex, strict legal boundaries that can be difficult to navigate without the help of an experienced professional. Behm Law Group, Ltd. provides the advice and guidance required to file a successful case as an individual or as a business.

Filing bankruptcy is one of the few legal processes that individuals or businesses can take on without representation. Utilizing the skills of an attorney, however, is highly recommended because of the intricate nuances of bankruptcy law. When filing bankruptcy, every case can have unique and unexpected conditions. Navigating through these conditions without an expert’s advice often results in a case being dismissed or property being permanently lost.

When it comes to case dismissals, the guidance of an attorney can help you avoid involuntary dismissals or, in certain situations, receive a voluntary dismissal.

Filing Bankruptcy: Types of Dismissals

Involuntary Dismissal

If your case doesn’t meet the requirements of the bankruptcy code, you could face an involuntary case dismissal. This occurs most commonly when forms and documents are missing or are inaccurate or if the filer fails to meet pre-bankruptcy requirements. Other reasons your case may be dismissed include failure to make alimony or child support payments during your case period (including the three to five years of a Chapter 13 repayment plan), failing the Means Test if you plan to file Chapter 7, failure to pay court fees, lack of a credit counseling certificate, and more.

 

Voluntary Dismissal

There are many occasions when a filer may request dismissal on a voluntary basis. In some cases, it can be difficult to convince the court to grant the dismissal, and a bankruptcy lawyer can be key to petitioning for and processing the dismissal in these conditions. Dismissal of a Chapter 7 case, for example, is rare. The court will only grant a voluntary dismissal if your creditors will not receive any compensation or benefit from the liquidation of your assets (i.e. it’s not in your creditors best interests). Dismissal from a Chapter 13 case is much more attainable. Typically, the court cannot hold you to a repayment plan against your will, and you can file a dismissal request to end your case whenever you want. However, this does allow creditors to have the automatic stay lifted and resume debt collection activities.

 

To learn more about dismissals and why an attorney is important when filing bankruptcy in Luverne, MN, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 today.

Recent Histories of Chapter 12 Bankruptcy in Mankato, MN and How It Affects Farmers Today

Farming as a profession has experienced more drastic changes to economic standing in the U.S. during the past 50 years than almost any other types of industry. In the 1970s, farming in Minnesota and across the U.S. was reaching an all-time high, with the value of land meeting higher heights than ever before. Export of goods increased, and farmers were able to get more credit with goals to grow their operations.

 

Unfortunately, the farm crisis in the 1980s quickly led to a downfall of many Minnesota farms and a spike in agriculture bankruptcies. This farm depression is still affecting family farmers and fishers even 20 to 30 years later, and Minnesota’s agricultural industry is walking a difficult road, especially given the ongoing trade dispute with China. If you’re considering filing for bankruptcy as a family farmer or fisher, Behm Law Group, Ltd. can help you build a strong case for Chapter 12 bankruptcy in Mankato, MN.

 

Chapter 12 bankruptcy is a process designed specifically for family farmers and fishers (those who earn over 50% of their gross income from their agricultural operations) who are in debt but maintain a steady income. This bankruptcy process works as a reorganization of debts into a manageable repayment plan suited to your income and expenses lasting three to five years.

 

Though the process of bankruptcy for farms has changed slightly since the 1980s farm crisis, the concept is the same, and Chapter 12 bankruptcy has helped many individuals find debt relief when desperately needed. However, the effect of that crisis is still on the table for a wide majority of farmers. During the time of the crisis, land values dropped an average of 50% towards the end of the 80s, equipment costs rose almost 25%, and the U.S. dollar value weakened considerably.

 

In 1986, Chapter 12 was added to the bankruptcy code under the Family Farmer Bankruptcy Act. By 1999 over 9,550 farms across the U.S. filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy. Despite this, by 1987, the government issued subsidies to Minnesota farms with a total of just over $712 million.

 

In addition to these changes, the price of milk, wheat, corn, and soy fell gradually over the next decade, adding to the difficulties family farming operations face even now. In 1978, Minnesota was home to about 98,600 family-owned farms. Today, those numbers barely meet 75,000, despite the growth in population and crop demands.

 

The residual effects of the 1980s farm crisis still impact Minnesota farmers today, and the debt relief and long-term security that Chapter 12 bankruptcy provides is a valuable option to many famers. The help of an expert attorney when filing can make all the difference. To get started on your case today, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 and begin your petition for Chapter 12 bankruptcy in Mankato, MN.

Five Things You Might Not Expect About Bankruptcy in Windom, MN

Because the average individual is not an expert on the legal nuances of bankruptcy, it’s understandable that most people use the internet as a guidebook for the process. While there are a few accurate sources of bankruptcy information online, there are also a lot of myths and general misinformation.

 

When it comes to correct and reliable information, nothing beats a professional opinion. Behm Law Group, Ltd. provides that expert opinion. If you’re considering filing for bankruptcy in Windom, MN, or the surrounding area, Behm Law Group, Ltd. can offer advice and more throughout the process.

 

You can find much about the basics of bankruptcy online, but the basics aren’t quite enough to file a successful case and see it through. Bankruptcy is an old practice, going back to ancient times, though it has evolved over time. Today, bankruptcy has many conditions that can change the course of a case, making it one of the most nuanced legal processes.

 

Because of this complexity, there are many unexpected things about bankruptcy, even as a nationwide occurrence. For example:

 

  1. About 1 in every 70 households file for bankruptcy each year. If you look at your community based on this information, it’s possible you may know someone who is working through bankruptcy.
  2. Almost 50% of households in the U.S. spend more than half their yearly income and have up to $15,000 in credit debt. This addition of credit debt to an already common pile of debts including student loans, mortgages, car loans, and more has led to a rapid increase in the number of consumer bankruptcies per year.
  3. The vast majority of people who file for bankruptcy relief don’t lose any property and only lose their debts.  The bankruptcy exemptions that are available to you to protect your property are typically very generous.  The bankruptcy exemptions you can use and the limitations of those bankruptcy exemptions vary from state to state.  Generally, you must reside in a particular state for two (2) full years before filing a bankruptcy case in order to use or benefit from the bankruptcy exemptions of that state.
  4. The amount of average debt per bankruptcy case has increased over in the past 10 years. An American Bankruptcy Institute report released in 2009 showed that cases averaged $100,000 in debt for individual bankruptcies alone. Business bankruptcies had even greater debt averages per case. This shows there is a notable increase in the time households and businesses are barely making ends meet before filing for bankruptcy.
  5. Bankruptcy has increasingly affected those with a college education as tuitions rise. Each year, college tuitions increase to match the growing inflation our economy experiences. Student loans must be listed, like any other creditor, in the bankruptcy process but they are generally difficult to get discharged, except under specific circumstances.  Student loan debts, in combination with the weight of others, still significantly contribute to bankruptcy filings, however.

 

To learn more about the process of filing for bankruptcy in Windom, MN, or to get started on your case, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 today.