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Divorces increasing in light of COVID? 

A recent Star Tribune article indicates that divorce-related internet searches are up since COVID started in March. While it’s not based on actual filing data (and in MN, many divorces aren’t filed until well after they are served or…
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Well Fargo mortgage putting homeowners into forbearance plan without their consent

A recent article pointed out a disturbing trend, whereby Wells Fargo Mortgage has told homeowners, who are in a chapter 13 bankruptcy plan, that they are in a forbearance plan. This has happened to several homeowners, none of whom had requested…

Bankruptcy meetings will continue to be done telephonically through November

In a bankruptcy case, you don’t actually go to court, but there is a necessary appearance with the trustee called a meeting of creditors, which traditionally has been held at the courthouse. These have been getting done by phone conference…

Minnesota State Bar Bankruptcy Section Consumer subcommittee on May 12, 2020

Tim will speak at a zoom CLE conference before the Minnesota State Bar Bankruptcy Section Consumer subcommittee on May 12 at 6:00 PM on the subject of chapter 13, including new trends on handling student loans, and new laws and policies in light…

Options for Chapter 13 Debtors 

Many people in an existing, confirmed chapter 13 plan have suffered a change of income, and have inquired about their options. Even debtors whose income has not been impacted have a few new options to consider.  When a chapter 13 debtor’s…

New Median Income Figures Go Into Effect April 1, 2020

The Department of Justice recently did its semiannual adjustments of the median income figures, which are effective in bankruptcy cases filed after April 1, 2020. The median income is an important figure, as debtors below that figure are almost…
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New median income figures go into effect November 1, 2019

The Department of Justice recently did its semiannual adjustments of the median income figures, which are effective in bankruptcy cases filed after November 1, 2019. The median income is an important figure, as debtors below that figure are…
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Veterans Exempt from Means Test

On Friday, the President signed the Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need Act of 2019, which excludes from the calculation of monthly income, for purposes of the Bankruptcy Code's means test, certain benefits paid by the Department of Veterans…

Bankruptcy vs. Debt Settlement – Which is better?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEoETAnhoEc Almost everyone considering bankruptcy can and should consider debt settlement as a last ditch effort to avoid bankruptcy. Debt settlement can be preferable to bankruptcy in these types of circumstances: …

New median income figures go into effect May 1, 2019

The Department of Justice recently did its semiannual adjustments of the median income figures, which are effective in bankruptcy cases filed after May 1, 2019. The median income is an important figure, as debtors below that figure are almost…