Thursday, December 19, 2013

Failing To Complete A Credit Counseling Course Can Ruin Your Bankruptcy Case

Did you know that failing to complete credit counseling can ruin your case? In both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, credit counseling is required. One course must be completed within 180 days before your case is filed and another must be completed before the case can be discharged.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to have the second course completed prior to the meeting of creditors. This is approximately one month after filing. If this course is not completed, it is possible to have your discharge refused.

You can find a list U.S. Trustee approved credit counseling agencies here:

There are some exemptions from this requirement limited to people who are mentally ill, disabled, or on military duty in an active combat zone.

For more information regarding credit counseling courses, contact Minnesota Bankruptcy Attorney Gregory J. Wald at 952-921-5802.

Gregory J. Wald, Attorney at Law
1500 Northland Plaza
3800 American Boulevard West
Bloomington, MN 55431
Telephone: 952-921-5802
Toll Free: 1-866-747-1130
Fax: 952-831-1346

Monday, December 16, 2013

Once Bankruptcy Is Filed, The Trustee Will Look Into The Past 90 Days Of Spending To See If You Attempted To Defraud The System

Tis the season for giving... and racking up debt. If you're planning on filing bankruptcy after the holidays you'll want to avoid these common mistakes, it could seriously jeopardize your bankruptcy.

We all get into the holiday spirit of gift giving while failing to think of ourselves. Draining your checking account, without setting any funds aside is a huge mistake. Bankruptcy fees must be paid for in cash, not a credit card, so it's imperative that money is set aside to give you the fresh start your finances so desperately need.

Do not go on a shopping spree compliments of your credit card before filing for bankruptcy. If it looks like you were "loading up" on credit cards without intending to repay them, you might have to repay at least a portion of the funds that you borrrowed.

Never give away your assets as gifts this holiday season, or ever if you're planning on filing for bankruptcy. If you give a gift to a relative that is worth $200 or more, the trustee of your bankruptcy case may demand the return of the gift so that it can be sold and the funds distributed to creditors. In some cases, charitable contributions can also be reversed. Giving away significant assets to avoid losing them in bankruptcy is considered fraudulent. Your debts might not be eliminated in bankruptcy if you attempt this.

For answers to questions regarding your specific situation, contact Minnesota Bankruptcy Attorney Gregory J. Wald at 952-921-5802 or at to set up a consultation.