Reinventing A Business After Bankruptcy in Mankato, Minnesota

It’s November in Mankato, Minnesota and all throughout the area, there’s already a sense of holiday excitement and cheer in the air. That’s because the first big November holiday is already happening this week, on November 5.

That’s right. It’s National Doughnut Day!

I’m sure the word “doughnut” brings a few visuals to mind. You may be thinking about glaze, frosting, and the words “Bavarian Cream” or “Bear Claw” might resonate with salivating celebrators. You may also be thinking about your favorite local bakery, or about a more national bakery such as Dunkin’ Donuts.

But there’s one doughnut bakery that may no longer be in the forefront of your mind: Krispy Kreme. Whatever happened to Krispy Kreme?

This doughnut day, we’re going to explore the history of this famous doughnut company. Krispy Kreme’s history with bankruptcy proves that it’s possible to go through a filing and successfully reinvent your business afterward. Let’s take a look at Krispy Kreme’s bankruptcy timeline:

  • 2003: In 2003, Krispy Kreme’s business was sweet! The company was heralded as “America’s Hottest Brand,” for both consumers and investors. This phrase made the cover of Fortune magazine.
  •  Post 2003: As a result of low-carb diet trends, the market for doughnuts decreased rapidly. While Krispy Kreme’s competitors rebranded or introduced coffee drinks to avoid decreased sales and bankruptcy, Krispy Kreme continued to operate the same way it always had.
  • 2007: Diet trends finally became too much, and in 2007, Krispy Kreme was forced to close a number of stores. Sales had decreased, and the company had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Now: Krispy Kreme emerged from bankruptcy a few years ago and is back on the doughnut scene. Now, however, the company is choosing to focus on specialty and international products in addition to their classic glaze!

Although Krispy Kreme may no longer be “America’s Hottest Brand,” the company has managed to come back from their Chapter 11 bankruptcy and refine their approach to deep fried dough. They will still be here to celebrate with you this National Doughnut Day, and they’ll also be celebrating with Canada and France!

Krispy Kreme is proof that it’s possible to successfully reinvent yourself after a bankruptcy filing in Mankato, Minnesota. Even after filing bankruptcy, life can still be sweet! If you would like more information about your own bankruptcy filing, contact the professionals at Behm Law Group Ltd. today.

Avoiding Zombie Foreclosure & Bankruptcy in the Mankato Minnesota Area

Foreclosure can make any house feel haunted in the Mankato, MN area, but there’s a certain type of foreclosure that’s especially chilling: zombie foreclosure. Although this type of foreclosure doesn’t include actual moaning zombies crawling down the street, it still feels scary to homeowners.

Just as in regular foreclosure, zombie foreclosure requires a certain timeline, especially in relation to bankruptcy. If you declare bankruptcy, your mortgage debt may be discharged to you personally (i.e. you are no longer personally responsible for it) but transfer of the property title and deed is done solely by the bank that controls your mortgage. Sometimes a bank will decide not to finish the foreclosure on the property and leave the title in your name, even though you believe you surrendered your house when you filed for bankruptcy. Thus a zombie foreclosure can wrack up numerous debts and tax expenses for homeowners if they are not careful, which can result in both financial troubles and, ultimately worsen your financial prospects with bankruptcy.

Fortunately, the professionals at Behm Law Group, Ltd. can give you perspective on bankruptcy and zombie foreclosures. Follow these simple rules and you’ll easily survive zombie foreclosure and negotiate bankruptcy no matter how terrifying it may seem:

  • Rule #1: Know your enemy – Zombie foreclosure occurs after a homeowner has moved out of a foreclosed property too quickly. If the bank does not claim the property, the property deed remains in the homeowner’s name. This can also be known as a “zombie title” or a “zombie property.”
  • Rule #2: Know your area – There are a few states with especially heightened numbers of zombie titles. These states include Florida, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey because they have especially lengthy foreclosure processes, meaning homes can sit vacant for long periods of time. For the record, states with lower numbers include California, Arizona, Nevada, and Washington.
  • Rule #3: Know the risks – Homeowners remain responsible for zombie titles if they are not transferred to the bank. As a result, homeowners become responsible for a great deal of debt and expense, which may ultimately lead to a bankruptcy filing in addition to foreclosure. Therefore, before moving out of the house and filing bankruptcy, it’s important for homeowners to know the property title has been transferred.
  • Rule #4: Know the solutions – Before moving out of a foreclosed home, be sure to check with the county recorder’s office to ensure the title has been transferred. If it hasn’t, your foreclosure may begin showing signs of the undead!

By following these rules, you’ll survive zombie foreclosure and avoid deepening your bankruptcy situation in the Mankato, MN area. If you need backup help, the professionals at Behm Law Group, Ltd. can help with all your bankruptcy needs. Give us a call today.

 

 

 

 

 

Foreclosure and Bankruptcy in the Mankato Minnesota Area

It’s officially October! With Halloween just around the corner, scary haunted houses are popping up around the Mankato, Minnesota area. Usually, these houses have spider webs on the door or Jack-O-Lanterns on the front porch. They are presented in good fun, intended to spook ticket-buying folks in search of a scare.

For some people, however, a house doesn’t have to be haunted to be scary. A house in foreclosure can be equally as frightening as one frequented by a witch, simply because it’s full of so many uncertainties and unknowns. For example, what exactly is foreclosure? Is it better to file for bankruptcy before or after foreclosure? And, should you file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13?

If you’re facing foreclosure and considering bankruptcy, the professionals at Behm Law Group, Ltd. may be able to answer a few of your questions:

  1. What exactly is foreclosure?

Foreclosure occurs when a homeowner cannot make mortgage payments. As a result, the bank or lender has the ability to accelerate the mortgage debt and “foreclose” on the property, which means taking the property and evicting the current occupant.

  1. Is it better to file for bankruptcy before or after foreclosure?

If you have the option, it’s best to file before. Although not all of your debts will be relieved as a result of bankruptcy, your mortgage will be discharged to you personally.  Of course, the house itself will remain liable on the mortgage debt. Also, because bankruptcy filings and foreclosures can take months to process, you may be able to remain in your home for quite some time.

  1. Is Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 a better option if foreclosing on a house?

Both options are available. However, it’s important to determine if you want to retain the home and if you can repay the mortgage delinquency through a chapter 13 bankruptcy plan.  For instance, many people miss one or two mortgage payments and then the management of the entire mortgage spins out of control because late fees, escrow additions and other charges are piled on top of the past due regular mortgage payments.  Chapter 13 can be a “reset” of sorts because one can cure or pay back the mortgage delinquency over 36 to 60 months instead of having to come up with the whole amount in a much shorter period of time.  In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, one is not able to do this.

Filing for bankruptcy before foreclosure in the Mankato, Minnesota area can be a daunting process. With the help of Behm Law Group, Ltd., however, it shouldn’t have you spooked. Whether you need assistance filing for bankruptcy or clearing cobwebs from your financial history, contact our professionals today.

Thirteen Facts about Chapter 13 (Part Two) in the Mankato Minnesota Area

Welcome back scholars in the Mankato Minnesota area! Today, we’ll be completing our study guide of thirteen facts about Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Before we get started, let’s have a brief moment to review. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is often called a “wage earner’s plan” because debtors are offered the opportunity to repay debts. This gives them approximately 3-5 years to repay creditors and, during that time, they must typically be employed.

So, now, let’s learn a little bit more about Chapter 13:

1. Q: Other than the creditor and debtor, who else is involved in filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy?
A: Typically, a neutral trustee must be involved in the filing.

2. Q: Are co-debtors protected under Chapter 13?
A: Yes, co-debtors are protected. Creditors are restricted from collecting “consumer debt” from anyone liable on a debt with the individual debtor. A creditor can get relief from the bankruptcy court to pursue a co-debtor if good cause warrants such relief.

3. Q: What is “consumer debt,” exactly?
A: The term “consumer debt” refers to individual debts acquired for personal, familial, or household reasons.

4. Q: What are the types of claims related to Chapter 13 bankruptcy?
A: There are three types of claims involved:
• Priority claims: These claims have a special status within bankruptcy law, and they include claims regarding taxes and filing costs.
• Secured claims: Creditors who have these claims have collateral securing the debts that they can take from a debtor if the debtor does not make payments.
• Unsecured claims: Creditors who have these claims do not have collateral securing the claims that they can take if a debtor does not make payments.

5. Q: What happens if a debtor is unable to pay?
A: Their Chapter 13 filing may be converted to a Chapter 7 filing instead or it may be dismissed.

6. Q: Can a debtor be discharged from Chapter 13 after repaying debts?
A: Yes, but only if the debtor has completed all payments required under the debtor’s chapter 13 plan, if the debtor has not received a chapter 13 discharge within 2 years before the present case was started, and if the debtor has taken a course in financial management.

Well, this concludes our two-week course in Chapter 13 bankruptcy! If you live in the Mankato Minnesota area and believe all this studying has prepared you for your own filing, contact the professionals at Behm Law Group Ltd. today.

Successful Business after Bankruptcy in the Mankato Minnesota Area

Donald Trump’s history with bankruptcy has been all over the news lately. It may seem odd that a high-profile name associated with wealth, apprentices, and successful business could also be associated with bankruptcy. Unfortunately, Donald Trump’s financial struggles are not uncommon and serve as proof that bankruptcy can happen to anyone.

If you’re living comfortably in the Mankato, Minnesota area, this may be an unsettling thought. There’s no need to fret, though, because many important, successful business folk have experienced bankruptcy and thrived as a result of it. Behm Law Group, Ltd. has compiled a short list of names you’ll likely recognize:

  • Walt Disney – Thanks to an untrustworthy distributor, Disney’s first, Kansas City-based company went under in 1923. Just five years later, though, Disney worked his magic with a new creation: Mickey Mouse. His new company in Hollywood, California quickly bounced back from bankruptcy.
  • Henry Ford – Ford proved to be his own downfall in 1901. He held his vehicles to such a high standard of perfection that, in one year, the company only made and distributed 20 cars. Only two years later, however, Ford took a new approach towards The Ford Motor Company and made it a post-bankruptcy success. 
  • Milton Hershey – The Hershey company hasn’t always been a sweet success. Milton Hershey filed for bankruptcy after his businesses in Philadelphia and New York both failed, which then brought him home to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was here, after his bankruptcy filing, that Hershey struck gold in the form of milk-based caramels and secret recipe chocolate bars.

These famously successful business moguls prove that, no matter the circumstance, bankruptcy can happen to anyone. For each of them, though, success didn’t arrive until after they’d let go of past debts. If you like how that sounds, live in the Mankato, Minnesota area, and feel prepared to begin filing, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. today.

 

Seven Facts about Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in the Mankato Minnesota Area

School is about to start up in the Mankato, MN area, which means that students everywhere are looking ahead to homework and assignments. By the end of the month, they’ll be memorizing biology flashcards, solving algebra equations, and working through textbook chapters.

However, students aren’t the only ones working through chapters. At Behm Law Group, Ltd., our bankruptcy professionals are always ready to handle Chapter 7, a specific type of bankruptcy with a unique set of rules and restrictions.

If Chapter 7 is something you’d like to learn more about, take a peek at our notes. Behm Law Group, Ltd. has compiled a study guide of seven facts to know about Chapter 7 bankruptcy:

1. Q: How long does it take to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy?
A: Typically, it takes about 3-4 months to file and obtain relief from debt.

2. Q: How long does a filing remain on my credit report?
A: A bankruptcy filing can remain for about five to seven years.

3. Q: What might I lose when filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy?
A: It depends on each individual case but most possessions will be exempt and the exemption laws allowing you to keep property are quite generous.

4. Q: Will Chapter 7 take care of alimony or student loan debt?
A: If a debt is truly alimony, probably not but sometimes alimony is not really alimony and the right to receive it has been assigned to some other entity. In such a case, sometimes relief can be accorded. With respect to student loans, a person must go beyond the filing of a bankruptcy petition by filing an adversary proceeding against the student loan lender. Sometimes, student loans can be discharged if one can establish “undue hardship” but the process is very expensive and protracted.

5. Q: Am I able to file for bankruptcy a second time?
A: Yes! However, there are certain time restrictions involved.

6. Q: What kinds of time restrictions?
A: In most scenarios, you must wait at least six years between Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings.

7. Q: Do I still need to repay certain debts despite a Chapter 7 filing?
A: Sometimes. Certain types of debts, like some tax debts, child support or alimony obligations, aren’t generally discharged in a Chapter 7 proceeding.

Feel prepared for an exam on Chapter 7 bankruptcy? If you live in the Mankato, MN area, put down your number two pencils, throw away those test booklets, and give Behm Law Group, Ltd. a call today.

Deciphering the Language of Bankruptcy in the Mankato Minnesota Area

If you’re living in the Mankato, MN area, it’s likely you’ve heard plenty of jokes about Minnesotan dialects and language. There are all sorts of local idioms around these parts, from “Duck, Duck, Gray Duck” to “hot dish,” each of which belong proudly situated within the culture of Minnesota.

When it comes to the culture surrounding bankruptcy, it’s no surprise that it has a language all its own. There are all sorts of words that sound unfamiliar, even in a basic definition of what “bankruptcy” means:

“A federally authorized procedure by which a debtor—an individual, corporation, or municipality— is relieved of total liability for its debts by making court-approved arrangements for their partial repayment.”

…What?!

Including a few words from that definition, Behm Law Group, Ltd. has a list of key terms that will help you translate the language of bankruptcy:

  1. Liabilities are monetary or legal obligations.
  2. Debts are monetary or legal obligations that are owed.
  3. Debtors can be people, partnerships, corporations, or municipalities. The debtor is the subject within a bankruptcy case, meaning they owe money or have legal obligations towards another person or organization.
  4. Creditors are people or organizations that debtors owe. Typically, they are owed either money or another legal entity.
  5. Assets are all forms of property held by the debtor.
  6. Liquidated debts are for a specific, numerical amount. While debtors are still responsible for non-liquidated debts, their exact monetary amount is not known.

With this list of terms in your dictionary, it should be just a little easier for you to decipher the complex vocabulary within a bankruptcy filing.

Whether you speak the language of bankruptcy fluently, or you’re still a little confused, the professionals at Behm Law Group, Ltd. can help. For a clear, simple translation of bankruptcy in the Mankato, Minnesota area, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd. today.

Managing Financial Fitness After Bankruptcy in the Mankato and Southeast Minnesota Area

If you’re living in the Mankato and the southern Minnesota area, this is your summer to get fit with Behm Law Group, Ltd. At Behm Law Group, Ltd, “fit” doesn’t mean low-fat smoothies, long outdoor runs, or a perfect beach body. Here, “fit” means managing personal financial fitness in order to make the best decisions regarding bankruptcy. Although you may think your finances are in shape, we’ve devised a workout plan to manage your monetary health this summer.

1. Learn the facts: Bankruptcy can happen to anyone. Did you know that over four million families filed for bankruptcy between 2008 and 2010 within the United States alone? Or that many people don’t file for bankruptcy when they should? Knowing the facts about bankruptcy is the first step to improving your overall financial health.

2. Manage your credit: Maximize your credit score by paying bills on time and tracking credit card balances. It can be easy to lose track of payments or bills, especially during summer vacations or holidays. Continued missed payments can lead to both debt and bankruptcy. Be sure to create a schedule in order to follow bill schedules, exceed minimum payments, and avoid accruing debt.

3. Boost your nest egg: Even if money’s tight, try to invest a small amount of each paycheck into a future nest egg. Anyone, whether excessively wealthy or living between paychecks, is susceptible to bankruptcy if they experience a sudden accident, financial crisis, job loss, or serious illness. It’s healthiest to prepare before disaster strikes.

The attorneys at Behm Law Group, Ltd can help get your finances back in shape. When filing for bankruptcy is the healthiest option for your finances, Behm Law Group, Ltd can answer questions, offer advice, or create a monetary workout that best suits your needs. If you live in the Mankato or southern Minnesota area, and you are ready to get financially fit, contact Behm Law Group, Ltd today.

Small Business Owners in Mankato, MN – Should you file chapter 13 or chapter 7 bankruptcy?

If you’re a small business owner and you’re considering filing for bankruptcy, it’s important that you have information on which type of bankruptcy you should file for. Filing fort bankrupcy it is definitely not an ideal situation, but sometimes it’s necessary. Having the right information will help you to make the right decision so that you can begin to improve your financial situation in the most effective way possible. If you’re a small business owner in Mankato, MN, then chapter 7 bankruptcy will more than likely be the right option for you. In some cases, however, chapter 13 bankruptcy may be a more viable option.

 Let’s take a look at your options to find out which one you should choose:

 Reasons to choose chapter 7 bankruptcy:

  • It will be settled much faster – Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases usually conclude in a matter of months whereas chapter 13 bankruptcy cases can take three to five years.
  • It will be easier to start a new business – You can’t file bankruptcy for your business with chapter 13 bankruptcy. It would be much easier to close your current business down under chapter 7 than to try to keep it afloat while also having to deal with chapter 13 personal bankruptcy. You can deal with your debts and start a new and improved debt free business.
  • You aren’t required to pay your unsecured debt – In chapter 13 bankruptcy you will be required to pay at least some of your unsecured debt in most cases. You aren’t obligated to do that under chapter 7 bankruptcy.

When chapter 13 bankruptcy may be the right option:

  • You have an asset rich business – If you’re a small business owner and you don’t want your business to be shut down because it has a high amount of valuable assets that you want to keep, you should not file for chapter 7 bankruptcy. You may even want to try and settle your debts on your own and avoid filing altogether.
  • You want long term protection – If you want more time to catch up on certain payments like your mortgage or car payment under the protection of bankruptcy law, then chapter 13 bankruptcy is a better option.
  • You have a unique asset that you want to keep – If you have a certain asset that is not protected under chapter 7 bankruptcy but is protected under chapter 13 bankruptcy, then choose the latter.

Hopefully this information can help you make the right choice. If you’re a small business owner and are considering filing for bankruptcy or just want more information, contact the professionals at Behm Law Group Ltd in Mankato, MN. We’re here to guide you and help you build a better financial future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s No Shame in Asking for Help When Filing for Bankruptcy | Mankato, MN

Discussing money can be uncomfortable, so much that it’s often a taboo subject at social gatherings or holiday parties. When it comes to filing for bankruptcy in the Mankato and southeastern Minnesota area, some people may feel embarrassed or ashamed, perhaps because they believe filing for bankruptcy is an uncomfortable public admission of a difficult financial situation.

Fortunately, a recent study shows that these embarrassed individuals are in the minority. Only about one quarter of Americans believe that shame is a major disadvantage of filing for bankruptcy, which is likely because bankruptcy has become quite common within American households:

  • 24% of households have considered filing for bankruptcy
  • 18% of households have filed for bankruptcy
  • 32% of households with children under 18 have considered filing for bankruptcy
  • 25% of households with children under 18 have filed for bankruptcy

Now that bankruptcy has become a reality for more households, there are other disadvantages that outweigh embarrassment when filing. Rather than considering shame, Americans now tend to feel more concerned about fiscal, credit-based matters, such as their credit score or relationships with businesses.

Bankruptcy is not something to feel ashamed about and, fortunately, more than half of Americans agree. Fifty-five percent of those interviewed said that a major advantage of bankruptcy is getting a fresh start. Filing for bankruptcy can be a difficult decision and process, but receiving another chance at financial success is certainly an advantage.

Bankruptcy has become a personal subject for nearly one of four adults within the United States. With that statistic in mind, it’s important to find a bankruptcy specialist that appreciates your financial needs. At Behm Law Group, Ltd, we understand the importance of a fresh financial start in the Mankato and southeastern Minnesota area.

Three quarters of Americans agree—there’s no shame in asking for financial help. Call Behm Law Group Ltd. today.