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As you are all aware, we are currently facing unique challenges due to the Coronavirus. While this is a serious crisis, it is important to keep it in perspective, and not allow it to prevent us from going about our business. We want to assure all of our clients that this office is prepared to serve your needs, regardless of what happens and how the virus affects Minnesota. In an effort to keep the office safe, we have stepped up prevention and sanitation measures in hopes to prevent disease transmission.

Because we are a paperless office, our entire staff is prepared to work from home if necessary. No matter what happens, we will continue to provide our clients with the highest quality legal services.  So far, not one client or staff member has become infected based on contact at this office and we will continue with safety protocols in an attempt to keep it that way. My office will continue to put the safety of our staff and you as our top priority. We do greatly appreciate your cooperation in conducting business in a safe fashion by utilizing current technology. Regardless of what happens, we will continue to take care of all of your legal needs.

Please rest assured, we will continue to take care of your legal needs in this challenging time, and your safety is our highest priority.

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Common mistakes people make when they file for bankruptcy

| Sep 4, 2018 | Bankruptcy

Minnesotans who are struggling under the weight of their debt may benefit by filing for personal bankruptcy protection. However, it is important for people to understand several things about personal bankruptcy before they file so that they might avoid making mistakes.

One common mistake that some people make when they file for bankruptcy protection is failing to declare all of their debts. If people leave debts off their schedules, those debts will not be discharged in their bankruptcies. This means that they will still be responsible for paying them. Prior to filing for bankruptcy, people should take the time to identify all of their debts so that they can properly list them.

Other common mistakes that many debtors make include failing to take the required pre-filing credit counseling course or failing to file all of the documents that go along with their bankruptcy petitions. These types of errors can result in the dismissal of their cases. Waiting to file for bankruptcy is another mistake that people sometimes make. When people file for bankruptcy, automatic stays are issued by the bankruptcy court that prohibit the creditors from continuing any further collection activities.

People who are considering filing for bankruptcy as a potential option to help them to get out from under the weight of their debts might want to talk to experienced bankruptcy lawyers. The attorneys may assist their clients with the process so that they are less likely to make mistakes that could potentially put an end to their cases. The lawyers might also help their clients determine the types of bankruptcy for which they might be eligible. By filing for bankruptcy, people may be able to secure a discharge of many of their unsecured debts so that they can enjoy fresh financial starts.