THE VAST MAJORITY OF BANKRUPTCIES DO NOT GO IN THE STAR TRIBUNE
People often ask me if their bankruptcy filings will go in the newspaper in Minnesota. The short answer is that the Star Tribune only publishes business bankruptcies. Right now, about 40-60 people per day file bankruptcy, so it would take lots of space to print all of them.
The Star Tribune business section publishes a few of these once or twice a month. For example, the last one was 3 weeks ago on May 9th, and included 4 cases. These were all businesses that filed bankruptcy or business owners that filed bankruptcy on their business debts. Follow this link to see the example.
Remember, 40-60 people file for bankruptcy every day in Minnesota but only 4 cases made it to the Star Tribune’s bankruptcy list in 3 weeks. This means that the vast majority of bankruptcies do not get listed in the Star Tribune. Based on my experience, only cases with a business or important connection to a business get listed in the star tribune. Most people don’t own a business, and if you don’t own a business, then your case isn’t listed in the Star Tribune.
WHAT ABOUT INDEPENDEND CONTRACTORS?
Maybe you are wondering about independent contractors like uber drivers, multi-level marketing consultants, realtors or some truck drivers? They don’t get listed in the Star Tribune either.
If you are worried about whether or not your case will get listed in the newspaper, then we offer a free consultation with local Minnesota attorneys who know exactly how the process works. We not only know the laws about bankruptcy but we know exactly what will happen in your life and how it will affect you if you file. We can give you a step by step answer to every question and make sure your life goes smoothly after bankruptcy.
HOW DO PEOPLE AND NEWSPAPERS SEARCH BANKRUPTCIES?
The federal government has a website called Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) which shows all federal court filings including bankruptcies. Here is a link if you want to read it. To search bankruptcies, one must pay $.10 and make a user name and password and search the person’s Social Security number or name. Because there are so many people with the same name, it’s hard to get useful info from searching names. It is hard to know someone’s Social Security number, so people in your life will most likely be unable to search if you have filed bankruptcy or not.
The Star Tribune pays someone to go through each filing every day to see if it is a business filing, and that is how they know to put it in the bankruptcy column.
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