Minneapolis, MN Bankruptcy Guide

Basics
- Bankruptcy Basics - (Basics)
  • How Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Works in Minnesota
    How Chapter 7 bankruptcy can help you cancel your debts, protect your exempt property, and stop bill collectors.
  • What are the different kinds of bankruptcy?
    This site focuses on Chapter7 and Chapter 13. But there are also chapters 11, 12, 9, and 15
  • Glossary of Important Bankruptcy Terms
    From Adversary proceeding to Wage garnishment
  • Do I qualify for bankruptcy?
    To qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you must pass the means test, which compares your household income to the median income in Minnesota for a household your size.
  • Secured debt vs. unsecured debt: What's the difference?
    Bankruptcy helps you get rid of unsecured debt. It does not eliminate secured debts, where you have pledged collateral for a loan, such as a car loan or a mortgage. When you file bankruptcy you must declare what you intend to do about your secured debts.
  • Do I need a lawyer to file for bankruptcy?
    The law does not require to have a lawyer, and if your case is simple and you have few assets, you can successfully file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy yourself. Chapter 13? Not so much. And if you have property to lose, or you're not great with details, getting a lawyers help can be a good idea, no matter what kind of bankruptcy you're filing. Also a lawyer may find ways to help that you haven't' thought of
  • Where do I file for bankruptcy?
    Bankruptcy is federal law and you file in the local Federal District Bankruptcy Court. Find out yours.
  • Can I get free bankruptcy forms?
    The US government makes PDF bankruptcy forms available for free. We'll tell you which ones you need and links to download them.
  • What are bankruptcy exemptions?
    Asset protection is an important benefit of bankruptcy. Exemption laws are the laws that let you protect certain assetss from creditors. Every state has different exemptions. Some states allow you to use the federal exemptions.
  • Do I have to get credit counseling before I file for bankruptcy?
    Yes. You must complete a credit counseling course before you file your bankruptcy petition. Fortunately, it's easy and can be done online. And your case cannot be completed (i.e. you can't get your "discharge order" from the judge until you take a "Debtor Education" course.
  • What is a 341 hearing (creditors meeting)?
    Everyone who files for bankruptcy must attend a 341 hearing, which is also called a "creditors meeting." The meeting is conducted by the bankruptcy trustee assigned to your case. During the Coronavirus, it. can be done by phone.
Filing Means Test Exemptions Courts
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Minnesota Bankruptcy Exemptions - Detailed

Minnesota Exemptions Summary:

Homestead

Home and land on which it is situated to $450,000; if homestead is used for agricultural purposes, $1,125,000; cannot exceed 1/2 acre in city, 160 acres elsewhere (husband & wife may not double)

Vehicle Exemption

$5,000 (up to $50,000 if vehicle has been modified for disability) (adjusted for inflation July 1, 2020)

Personal Property

Appliances, furniture, jewelry, radio, phonographs, & TV to $11,250 total
Bible and books
Clothing, one watch, food, & utensils for family
Farm machines, implements, livestock, produce, & crops to $13,000 total
Tools, machines, instruments, stock in trade, furniture, & library to $12,500 total
Total value of Tools of Trade and Farm Machines combined cannot exceed $13,000 
(adjusted for inflation July 1, 2020)

Wild Card

None

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