4 Most Common Types of Bankruptcy Fraud

In the United States today, bankruptcy law has many rules that serve to prevent fraudulent cases. Despite these rules, there are times when trustees catch mistakes or intentional abuse, which results in a case being dismissed, the denial of debt relief or the filing of criminal charges.  With the exception of a filer intentionally committing fraud, the chances of one engaging in fraudulent conduct are low.  The guidance and advice of a bankruptcy attorney will ensure the filing of a clean, strong case where there would be less of a chance for mistakes which could be interpreted as fraudulent conduct. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy in Redwood Falls, MN, or the surrounding area, Behm Law Group Ltd. can help you understand what can be interpreted as fraudulent conduct and how to avoid it in your Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing.

 

As an individual filer, you have two primary options for bankruptcy: liquidation or reorganization. Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy works to discharge your debts in exchange for the sale of your non-exempt assets. Chapter 13 reorganization works to structure your debts into a manageable repayment plan lasting from a three- to five-year period. There are various nuances in the types of fraud between the two bankruptcy options, but in general, four kinds of fraudulent actions make up the most common causes of case dismissal and possible bases for legal action, including the filing of criminal charges, against you.

 

  • Intentional falsification of forms: Whatever chapter you file for, you will be required to submit a large number of forms, documents, and other paperwork detailing your financial history and current situation. False information or the intentional failure to provide any part of these documents can be considered fraud and result in a case dismissal. If you intentionally falsify information, you may even be charged with perjury, which could result in criminal charges being filed against you.
  • Asset hiding: One common type of bankruptcy fraud in Chapter 7 cases is asset hiding. Because some filers can lose assets in liquidation during a Chapter 7 case, they can be tempted to hide assets. While it’s possible that some filers may get away with this, you will be denied debt relief if the trustee discovers that even a small asset of low value has been hidden.
  • Multiple filings: You will be committing fraud if you file multiple cases with different information or in different jurisdictions either at the same time or within unacceptable periods of time between cases. You must adhere to court-regulated timelines between cases and provide requested information, or your case will be dismissed.
  • Bribes: Bribery of bankruptcy trustees is rare but it has happened.  The few who have at first gotten away with it are often caught later. Any bribery on your behalf will result in a dismissal of your case. Depending on the circumstances, there may be even more severe consequences for having offered someone a bribe.

 

If your case is dismissed for any reason, you may have to wait up to 180 days until you can file again. The easiest and most assured way to avoid any case dismissal or other issues with your case’s success is to work with a skilled and knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney.

 

To learn more about filing for bankruptcy in Redwood Falls, MN, contact Behm Law Group Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 or stephen@mankatobankruptcy.com today.

Potential Risks of Bankruptcy When Using a Software Program

Many people use online tax software programs to file their taxes each year. These software programs are suitable in a pinch for a wide majority of people with standard sources of income, single-home families, spouses joint filing, and many others. However, these programs may not be effective when used to calculate tax returns for self-employed individuals or filers with complicated incomes.

 

Just as these tax programs aren’t perfect for everyone, online bankruptcy filing software programs can be a risky option if you plan to file without the help of a bankruptcy attorney. Improper filing can add to the risks of a bankruptcy and make a serious situation much worse, including the permanent/irreversible loss of your property. When you employ the expert services of Behm Law Group, Ltd. instead of using an online bankruptcy software filing program in Fairmont, MN, you can avoid these potentially disastrous risks.

 

Bankruptcy software programs are offered through some online providers, ranging in cost. These programs can be very dangerous for those with simple financial circumstances filing for Chapter 7 and especially for those filing for Chapter 13 or have more complicated circumstances.

 

The two most common misconceptions about bankruptcy filing software are that it’s cheaper, and that the program will be easier and will do most of the work for the filer.

 

While bankruptcy software may be less expensive upfront than hiring an attorney, that doesn’t mean it will save you money. In fact, filers using online bankruptcy filing software may lose a significant amount of money in the form of some debts not being discharged and property being lost. For many filers, typical bankruptcy software might not be able to predict all the debts that can be discharged in a Chapter 7. Debts like medical bills, credit debt, or some tax debts might be exempted from the discharge process, and you’ll still be obligated to pay them.

 

It’s a huge misunderstanding to believe that even the best bankruptcy filing software will do the lion’s share of work or will be easier than working with an experienced legal representative. Bankruptcy software programs still require you to complete all the necessary petition paperwork, generate a repayment plan proposal if you’re filing Chapter 13, enter proof of completion of both pre-bankruptcy and post-petition requirements, and overall organize and enter all the information needed to complete a case. A bankruptcy program will simply run calculations and give that information to the bankruptcy court.

 

In a nutshell, online bankruptcy software programs are poor middlemen between the filer and the bankruptcy court. They can’t offer anything close to the in-depth, reliable support system and skilled professionalism of a trained bankruptcy attorney. In addition, bankruptcy software programs may miscalculate your dischargeable debts, cause the loss of property you could otherwise exempt and keep, and may even cause your case to be dismissed due to inaccurate calculations or lack of information.

 

To learn more about filing with an attorney and the potential risks of online bankruptcy programs compared to the benefits of having an experienced bankruptcy attorney in Fairmont, MN, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. today at (507) 387-7200 or stephen@mankatobankruptcy.com.

How to File for Bankruptcy with and without a Bankruptcy Attorney

If you’re struggling to meet monthly debt requirements as an individual or a business, you may want to consider filing for bankruptcy as a long-term debt relief solution. Filing for bankruptcy may seem like a drastic choice with some negative effects on your credit, but in reality, bankruptcy has helped thousands of debtors regain their financial footing and improve their quality of life with the reduction of debts.

 

If you’re planning on filing for bankruptcy, there are several ways to do it, with or without the assistance of a bankruptcy attorney. At Behm Law Group, Ltd., we know that there are many individuals who can’t afford a bankruptcy attorney in Jackson, MN and the surrounding area, and we want you to know your options.

 

Filing for bankruptcy is a legal process that’s done through the U.S. bankruptcy court system. Because of this, it requires a comprehensive amount of documentation and paperwork that covers your entire financial history, including debts and income. In addition to the required paperwork, there’s a significant amount of pre-bankruptcy requirements that must be done before you file a case.

 

Filing a petition is a complex process where one will greatly benefit from the guidance of a trained legal professional. With or without an attorney, there are four main ways you will file:

 

  1. Attorney filer: If you can afford a bankruptcy attorney, you’ll have the easiest and most positive experience in filing. An attorney will do many things for you throughout your case. Learn more about what an attorney does here.
  2. Non-attorney petition preparer: If you absolutely cannot afford an attorney and can’t find one that will offer pro bono services, you can use a bankruptcy petition preparer instead. A petition preparer will fill out documents and forms for you and give them to you to send in.  The BAPCPA has guidelines and warnings for working with a petition preparer.
  3. Federal bankruptcy forms: To prepare your petition yourself, it’s recommended you visit a legal aid center for guidance on how to file. You can access the federal bankruptcy forms on the U.S. court website and download all the documents you’ll need to fill out. These templates, while standardized, do not provide any guidance on filling them out.
  4. Bankruptcy software: Filers can pay to use a software program that functions similar to online tax programs. The program will walk the filer through their financial records, asking questions and providing digital forms. However, these programs can be inaccurate because they can have issues translating the more nuanced parts of a filer’s financial circumstances and they are not always accurately updated in a timely way.

 

In general, taking advantage of the knowledge and legal protection of an attorney is the best-case scenario for putting together your petition and filing your bankruptcy. To learn more about filing for bankruptcy with or without the help of a bankruptcy attorney in Jackson, MN, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. today at (507) 387-7200, or stephen@mankatobankruptcy.com.

What You Can Learn from the Papyrus Bankruptcy as a Small Business Owner

The technological advances we are continually making in many different industries are amazing, but they come with sometimes very unforeseen impacts on other areas of the commercial world. When it comes to paper products like books, legal documents, paychecks, receipts, and even greeting cards, digital replacements for these items have largely taken over.

 

This has severely affected creators and sellers of paper media, including, recently, the greeting card and stationary company Papyrus. The Papyrus bankruptcy, in particular, could give small business owners important information. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy in Owatonna, MN as a small business owner or an individual, Behm Law Group, Ltd. can help you decide which chapter to file and guide you through it.

 

The Papyrus brand, owned by Schurman Fine Papers, is closing all 254 of their stores after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January of 2020. In addition to the Papyrus brand, the Schurman Fine Paper company owns American Greetings and Carleton Card. The stores that provide all of these paper greeting cards are shutting down because of the oversaturation of digital and e-card media. Papyrus and other Schurman cards will still be sold through department stores, supermarkets, and other companies.

What does this tell you?

Simply put, the replacement of paper cards with digital media dramatically decreased the demand for Papyrus products. If you’re supplying a product that’s losing demand due to the increase of digital versions of that product, you’re looking at a market that may become obsolete. However, you may still be able to maintain a market if you’re able to work through other retailers or transition your product into a digital format.

 

Ideally, if possible, your product should be available in a digital and physical format. Papyrus’s choice of filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy means their income is still high enough to make monthly debt payments pursuant to a Chapter 11 reorganized plan. In the future, if they’re able to successfully pay their debts pursuant to the modified payment terms of this plan, Papyrus may be able to reopen stores or create a whole new product line of digital greeting cards. All of this means there’s still hope for companies making products that are slowly being replaced by digital versions.

 

If you’re a sole proprietor or partner of your business in Owatonna, MN, Behm Law Group, Ltd. can help you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and reorganize your debts, or Chapter 7 bankruptcy and work through the liquidation process. Give us a call today at (507) 387-7200 or contact stephen@mankatobankruptcy.com for more information.

Part 1: Costs of Filing and Hiring Bankruptcy Assistance

If you’re having difficulty making your debt payments from month to month, it might be time to consider seeking effective methods of debt relief. While there are many other unreliable forms of debt relief available, bankruptcy is the most efficient and reliable for long-term stability and actual, long-term debt relief.  Bankruptcy is also a system that is based in law, so you can rest easy with the knowledge that you won’t be exposing yourself to predatory debt relief agencies.

 

If you’re having financial difficulties, you may have already looked into what the process of bankruptcy looks like and what fees are involved. To file a successful case, you can find the bankruptcy assistance in Worthington, MN, you need with the expert attorneys at Behm Law Group, Ltd.

 

Filing for bankruptcy without the guidance of a lawyer is possible, but is not recommended. Bankruptcy is a highly nuanced process, and bankruptcy assistance is often key in filing a strong and effective case. This is especially true for those filing a reorganization type of bankruptcy, like Chapter 13. Looking at the numbers for the fees involved bankruptcy and the costs of an attorney may be daunting, but breaking down that information to understand it a little better can help you make the decision on whether to file or not.

 

Bankruptcy/Court Fees

 

There are a few fees that cover different aspects of your petition and other parties involved. These fees are often lumped together, but taken apart they look like this:

 

  • Chapter 7 filing fee: $335
  • Chapter 13 filing fee: $310
  • Credit counseling fees: Prior to filing your petition, you must complete credit counseling within 180 days of when you will submit your paperwork. This will typically be around $50 depending on what organization you work with. This is also a fee that can be waived with proof that you’re unable to pay.
  • Debtor education course fees: After filing for bankruptcy relief, you must complete a debtor education course in order to receive a discharge. Again, this varies depending on the organization you choose. The cost can vary quite a bit, ranging from $10 to $50 according to Federal Trade Commission data. This is another fee that may be waived with proof of inability to pay.
  • Miscellaneous fees: Certain cases may have other fees to pay, depending on miscellaneous circumstances. All miscellaneous fees are listed in the Bankruptcy Court database.

 

After adding up all these fees, bankruptcy cases will have fees ranging broadly from $1,000 to as high as $6,000 or more. It all depends on your situation and how complicated your case is. Generally speaking, it’s more expensive to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy ($2,500 to $6,000) than Chapter 7 bankruptcy ($1,000 to $3,500).

 

Attorney costs vary from law firm to law firm, and there are some lawyers that reserve time to work pro-bono with clients that can’t afford bankruptcy assistance. We’ll cover more information about hiring bankruptcy assistance in Worthington, MN, in part two of this blog.

 

Contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 or stephen@mankatobankruptcy.com for more information today.

 

Filing for Bankruptcy After Moving to a New State

Moving anywhere is a big ordeal and a lot of hassle, even if it’s just down the street from your old home. Moving to a new state, however, requires even more work due to the logistics of the physical move plus all the paperwork you need to update. Not only does moving to a new state require changes in licenses, registration, addresses on all legal documents, bank accounts, PO boxes, and much more, it can also affect more unusual circumstances, such as bankruptcy filings.

 

If you are considering filing for bankruptcy in Marshall, MN and Minnesota is a new state for you, Behm Law Group, Ltd. can help you build a strong case for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy and receive long-term debt relief.

 

A move to a new state affects bankruptcy so much because each state has its own specifications for bankruptcy exemptions.

 

What are bankruptcy exemptions?

 

Exemptions are allotted amounts provided under the laws of each state that allow you to protect your property from being surrendered in bankruptcy and sold by the trustee administering your case.  The United States Bankruptcy Code has its own exemptions, too.  Some states allow you to use either a particular state’s exemption allowances or the exemptions provided by the bankruptcy code, depending on which set of exemptions best works with your particular circumstances.  Some states, however, require you to use only a particular state’s exemption allowances and those states prohibit you from using the exemptions provided by the bankruptcy code.  The exemption amounts and the property items that can be protected with the exemptions vary from state to state but most large items, like your home or car, will be protected from liquidation.   However, what you can protect with your bankruptcy exemptions might be affected by a move to another state.

 

In Minnesota, you can exempt your homestead with a value of up to either $420,000, if it is located in a city and is non-agricultural in nature, or $1,050,000, if it is rural and agricultural in nature, and you can exempt the value in your car up to $4,800. In Minnesota, you can also use the federal bankruptcy exemptions in place of the Minnesota exemptions. As indicated above, this is true for many states, though not all. States that currently allow you to use the federal exemptions include Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

 

How do I know what state I file under?

 

You will be required to file under the state you are currently the resident of.  In order to establish residency for purposes of filing a bankruptcy case in a particular state, you must actually reside in that state for at least ninety-one (91) days of the preceding one hundred eighty (180) days before the date your case is filed.  For example, if you resided in Wisconsin for all of 2019 and then moved to Minnesota on January 1, 2020 and you wanted to file for bankruptcy in Minnesota you would not be able to do so because you would have resided in Wisconsin for the majority of the one hundred eighty (180) day period preceding January 1, 2020.  Rather, you would have to wait until April 1, 2020 in order to file bankruptcy in Minnesota because by that time you would have resided in Minnesota for at least ninety-one (91) days of the preceding one hundred eighty (180) day period.

 

Generally, in order to use a particular state’s bankruptcy exemptions one must reside in that state for two years (730 days).  If one hasn’t lived in a state that long, one would have to use the exemptions of the state that one lived in for the two (2) years before moving to one’s current state.   For example, if you lived in Alaska for four years, then moved to Minnesota a year ago, you would have to use the exemptions provided under the laws of Alaska.  However, because Alaska allows people to use the federal bankruptcy exemptions, you could opt to use those exemptions instead of the Alaska bankruptcy exemptions.  Even if one may have resided in a particular state for two (2) years before relocating to a different state, they may not be able to use the original state’s exemption laws.  Indeed, some states prohibit non-residents from using their exemption laws.   South Dakota is a good example of this.   If you had lived in South Dakota for all of 2018 and all of 2019 and then moved to Minnesota on January 1, 2020, you would not be able to file for bankruptcy relief in Minnesota until April 1, 2020, as indicated above.  When you would file your bankruptcy case on April 1, 2020, you would not be able to use the exemption laws of either the South Dakota or Minnesota because you would no longer be a resident of South Dakota and you would not have resided in Minnesota for the preceding two (2) years (730 days).  In this case, however, you would be able to use the federal bankruptcy exemptions.

 

If you’re considering filing for bankruptcy in Marshall, MN and want to learn more about your exemption options, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 or stephen@mankatobankruptcy.com today.

Filing for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in St. Peter, MN, When Self-employed

Self-employment is often a rewarding way to create income for you and your family. However, self-employment doesn’t always guarantee a regular income, especially if you work in an industry that has fluctuations in demand. If you are self-employed and have found it difficult to meet debt payments each month, you have several options for debt relief, including bankruptcy. For those with a steady self-employed income who also want to keep their home and other properties, filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in St. Peter, MN, is a realistic and highly effective option. With the help of Behm Law Group Ltd., self-employed filers can build a successful case and start a repayment plan that fits their financial circumstance.

Filing for bankruptcy, especially Chapter 13 bankruptcy, requires a collection of financial documents, income verification, expense reports, and much more. These documents can sometimes be difficult for some people to track down and organize, particularly for those who are self-employed.

The help of an expert bankruptcy attorney is often critical for self-employed filers to compile a case with a repayment plan proposal that the court and bankruptcy trustee can accept. Many self-employed filers are required to provide more extensive documentation of income and expenses when they file for Chapter 13.

 

Income Verification

Verifying your income received from self-employment can be tricky depending on the nature of your work. Tracking your income carefully, even if you don’t plan on filing for bankruptcy, is a good idea for those who are self-employed. This tracking can include:

  1. Check Stubs: When your clients, customers, or other parties who commissioned your work pay by check, saving those checks from the last 12 months is an excellent start to income documentation.
  2. Invoices: If you request payment in the form of invoices, filing those invoice documents (digital or physical) is also key.
  3. Contracts: Contracts are legal proof of your work with a client. Without that proof, you may have a difficult time explaining forms of payment such as checks, cash, or transfers.
  4. Tax Returns: Records of your self-employment income and the yearly taxes paid on it is also required for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition.
  5. Bank Statements: Deposits, withdrawals, credit card transactions, account records, interest, and most other bank statements are necessary to build a strong Chapter 13 case.
  6. Signed Statements: In many cases, unconventional, random, or odd signed statements can often also prove up a contractual agreement. These signed statements are frequently required for your bankruptcy case, and missing the information they provide might break, rather than make, your case.

 

Overall, the more financial information self-employed filers can provide their attorney and the court, the better. Every transaction you encounter that connects to your income as a self-employed individual as far back as a year may be involved in your case.

 

To learn more about gathering the necessary financial information and building a strong case for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in St. Peter, MN, contact Behm Law Group Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 today.

What You Can Learn from Public Listings of Bankruptcy in New Ulm, MN

In the U.S., the majority of court cases are put on public record. This includes all bankruptcy filings which are often listed in local newspapers and are always available on the government-administered online database PACER (Public Access Court Electronic Records). The listings available on PACER are not easily accessed by any individual, but they are available to bankruptcy attorney, creditors involved in bankruptcy proceedings, bankruptcy trustees and bankruptcy judges.

 

If you’re struggling to meet debt payments and think that bankruptcy might be right for you, it’s important to understand why and how your case may be listed publicly and could be accessed by a limited number of parties. If you are considering filing, Behm Law Group, Ltd. can provide the guidance and assistance you need when working through bankruptcy in New Ulm, MN.

 

Bankruptcy is given a poor image both in financial and social terms, but the fact is that it’s a vital process for those who are unable to recover from severe debt. For many, bankruptcy is the best way to debt relief and long-term financial recovery.

 

Those planning on filing for bankruptcy can learn some of the basics of the process just from looking at listings local to their area. If your local newspaper lists monthly bankruptcies, it’s likely they will be written out like this:

  • Name of filer
  • Name of any joint filers
  • Address of filer
  • Chapter they filed
  • Date they filed
  • Their assets
  • Their liabilities

 

This is what you can learn from this listing:

  • The name of the filer may tell you if it was a business or individual.
  • The joint filer names tell you that either a spouse or a business partner filed jointly.
  • Their address tells you what region they filed in, and may give you some more information about the financial demographics of that area if there are multiple bankruptcy filings. If you live in the same region, it may give you some peace of mind to know you’re not alone.
  • The chapter they filed for will give you an idea of the bankruptcy process (i.e. whether it was liquidation or reorganization).
  • The date they filed may give information about fluctuations of increases or decreases in bankruptcy cases throughout the year.
  • Their asset amount tells you how much their properties and accounts were worth. This includes physical property, bank accounts, stocks, retirement funds, and any other sources of income.
  • Liabilities represent a blanket term for debts and other unpaid financial obligations. This amount tells you just how much debt might have been resolved through bankruptcy, and it gives you a good comparison of asset to debt ratios.

 

Overall, public postings of local bankruptcy cases give you a great way to compare your own situation with those who found recovery through the bankruptcy process. Generally speaking, Minnesota newspapers choose not to list local bankruptcy filings.  However, newspapers in North Dakota and Iowa do choose to list local bankruptcy filings.  For many reasons, including the possibility of identity theft, newspapers are becoming much more circumspect about listing local bankruptcy filings.  If you believe filing for bankruptcy in New Ulm, MN, might be the right choice for you, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 today.

Escrow Accounts and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in Owatonna, MN

Anyone with a mortgage or other large loan either has an escrow account or knows about the function of one. Escrow accounts are set up with a third-party agent or broker who manages and distributes the money in that account. The account works as a consolidation system for a mortgagor, holding values required to make a single payment for the monthly loan, interest, taxes, and insurance. Escrow amounts will change over time based on the cost of property taxes, insurance rates, and other taxes. If you have an escrow account and you find yourself in a situation where you must file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Owatonna, MN, Behm Law Group Ltd. can help you understand how it will affect the account and guide you through the process of filing bankruptcy overall.

 

Chapter 13 bankruptcy works to reorganize your debts into a three- to five-year repayment plan. The reorganization plan is an extremely valuable option for those with a steady income who don’t want to work through the asset liquidation process of a Chapter 7. A repayment plan typically takes priority, secured, and unsecured debts, and rolls them into a single monthly payment made to a bankruptcy trustee.

 

While large portions of your unsecured debts are discharged in a chapter 13 repayment plan, your priority debts, such as tax debts, child support debts and alimony, and secured debts on assets that you want to retain, such as vehicles and houses, must be repaid. Because your mortgage is a secured debt, it must be paid in full but typically you will continue making the regular monthly mortgage payments directly to the mortgage lender rather than through the chapter 13 trustee. In many cases, the debt leading up to a bankruptcy and a Chapter 13 plan itself can affect mortgage escrow in two ways:

 

  1. Pre-petition arrearage: If you have been unable to meet full escrow payments even before you file for bankruptcy, you will have an escrow shortage, and therefore, be in arrears. In this case, the court will treat the shortage like a typical mortgage arrearage and require it to be repaid in full throughout the repayment period. Unlike a mortgage, however, the shortage amount does not incur interest.
  2. Post-petition arrearage: When you enter a repayment plan, you have to meet escrow payments as a part of the consolidated monthly payment that’s due. If you can’t meet this payment and you become short on escrow, you may be in danger of a case dismissal if you do not take steps to propose and work through a repayment plan adjustment.

 

The three to five years you are working through a Chapter 13 plan require you to be conscious of your finances and to maintain a strict adherence to your budget. The financial struggles that put you into the position of filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy must be put behind you, and the court expects you to understand the responsibilities of a repayment plan.

 

That said, there will be room for adjustments to be made throughout the repayment period depending on your income and your costs of living. If you are considering filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Owatonna, MN, contact Behm Law Group Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 today.

 

When Filing for Bankruptcy in Mankato, MN Is Your Best Option

If you are facing financial difficulties, you are not alone. Individuals in all types of circumstances can find themselves deep in debt because of numerous factors. In fact, the chance of severe debt is not an impossibility for anyone, and you should not feel shame for having financial troubles or for considering bankruptcy as an option for debt relief. If you are wondering whether you should file for bankruptcy in Mankato, MN, Behm Law Group Ltd. can help you answer any questions that you might have as well as counsel you throughout your case.

 

Bankruptcy is an excellent option for finding your way out of serious debt. It can resolve your debts in a liquidation process through Chapter 7 bankruptcy or in a reorganization process through Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

 

Although bankruptcy is a highly effective solution for many debtors, it is not always the best solution for certain financial circumstances.

 

 

How to Know When to File

To determine whether filing for bankruptcy is the best option for your financial circumstances, you need to ask yourself some questions:

  1. Are you unable to meet debt payments or are you meeting them with a severe detriment to your necessary living expenses?
  2. Are most of your debts treatable in the bankruptcy process? (There are some types of debts that are not subject to discharge.)
  3. Are you able to pay the bankruptcy fees and an attorney fee?
  4. If you plan to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, will you satisfy the Means Test?
  5. If you plan to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, are you prepared to be responsible for a repayment plan for up to five years?
  6. Do your debts fall into the accepted limitations for bankruptcy? (For example, debt limits in chapter 13 cases.)
  7. If you plan to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, will you be able to protect the properties you want to keep with the allotted exemptions?
  8. Are you prepared to attend credit counseling and meet other pre-bankruptcy requirements?
  9. Are you able to organize, with the help of a Behm attorney, all the necessary documents of your finances and property for the bankruptcy petition?
  10. Do you understand and accept the effect that bankruptcy will have on your credit?
  11. Do you accept the fact that a  your bankruptcy filing could be known by the general public?
  12. Do you have a long-term rehabilitation plan for your finances after you file for bankruptcy, and are you willing to work with a Behm attorney to assist you in that regard?

 

If you can answer all of these questions and still believe that you could benefit from bankruptcy, then it’s likely that filing will provide a valuable opportunity for debt recovery. To learn more about filing for bankruptcy in Mankato, MN, contact Behm Law Group Ltd. at (507) 387-7200 today.