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Why are bankruptcy filings down in 2020? 

With record shattering unemployment due to the pandemic, a lot of people are surprised that 2020 bankruptcy filings to-date are down 30% from 2019; that figure includes commercial filings, and for individual bankruptcies, the numbers have decreased…

New Median Income Figures In Effect as of November 1, 2020

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

Biden supports Bankruptcy Reform

A recent article in the Washington Post pointed out that Joe Biden was one of the Democrats to cross party lines and help pass the Bankruptcy Reform Act in 2005. He now regrets that, and supports Elizabeth Warren’s plan to revise the bankruptcy…

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…

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…

8th Circuit Rules Minnesota Property tax refunds are not exempt under state law

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals just released it opinion in Seaver v. Hanson, determining that state property tax refunds are not government assistance based on need. The prior caselaw on the subject at the BAP level, Manty v. Johnson, had…