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April 1, 2016 Median Income Levels for Kansas and Missouri Bankruptcy Filers

The Means Test looks at your Median Income to determine for which Chapter of Bankruptcy you qualify: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 As of April 1, 2016 the Median Income Levels changed once again. Median income levels in Kansas and Missouri are up across the board! If your income has been on the border in [...]

Pre-petition vs. Post-petition Debt

What does Pre-petition vs. Post-petition debt mean in a Bankruptcy? Pre-petition debt is all debt that you have incurred prior to your bankruptcy case being filed. You must list all of your Creditors and debt when you file bankruptcy. Pre-petition debt is the debt that we are expecting to be discharged as part of your [...]

Where is a Kansas Bankruptcy Case Filed?

Bankruptcy cases are filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, which is a division of the Federal District Courts.  Divorce, collection, probate and similar cases are filed in one of the 31 Kansas District Courts located sporadically throughout Kansas.  The three Kansas Federal Courthouses, which contain the bankruptcy courts, are located in Kansas City, Topeka, and Wichita. [...]

Reverse Mortgage Scam Causes Seniors to Face Foreclosure and Eviction

Kansas Seniors At Risk Of Facing Foreclosure As Defaults on Reverse Mortgages Hit Record Rates In 2007 I was skeptical, at best, about Reverse Mortgages. As the Elder Law Project Manager for the law firm I worked at I traveled around nine different counties in Kansas and heard countless tells about how people had lost [...]

Will a Kansas Bankruptcy Help If I am a Cosigner on Debts?

If you have agreed to co-sign on a debt with a friend, partner, relative, or ex-spouse you may be in an unfortunate situation if the other person has stopped paying on the debt.  When you co-sign for a loan you are as liable for the resulting debt as the person you are helping out. The [...]

Bankruptcy Filing Fees Increase Effective November 1, 2011

The Judicial Conference of the United States Bankruptcy Court has announced an increase in bankruptcy filing fees effective November 1, 2011.  The filing fees are paid directly to the court usually in full at the time a debtor’s case is filed.  The filing fee for a chapter 7 bankruptcy case will increase from $299.00 to [...]

Who Is a Bankruptcy Trustee?

Bankruptcy cases are overseen by the U.S. Trustee Program, which is a part of the Department of Justice.  The U.S. Trustee program oversees the administration of bankruptcy cases throughout the United States.  The states are divided into 21 regions.  The state of Kansas is included in Region 20, with the regional office located in Wichita, [...]

What are the different Chapters of Bankruptcy?

There are several different Chapters of Bankruptcy. Part of the Bankruptcy Information Sheet provided by U.S. Trustee Program explains each as follows: Chapter 7 – A trustee is appointed to take over your property. Any property of value will be sold or turned into money to pay your creditors. You may be able to keep [...]

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