Bankruptcy is the legal discharge of debt. If you have taken on more debt than you are able to repay, the law allows you to eliminate most and often all of your debt in bankruptcy. For some debtors, this can have the effect of providing a whole new start in life. The United States Bankruptcy Code is complicated and constantly changing, however, so great care must be taken in preparing a bankruptcy petition.

Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are the two types of bankruptcy typically available to individual or joint debtors. In either type of bankruptcy, the court issues an nifty order called the “automatic stay,” which directs your creditors to cease all collection activities immediately under penalty of sanction. If your home is scheduled for a foreclosure sale, the sale will be legally postponed while the bankruptcy is pending, typically for three to four months.

If you are considering filing for bankruptcy in Washington, D.C. , Virginia or Maryland, it is strongly recommended that you contact a knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney immediately.

Lee Legal is a debt relief agency as defined by 11 U.S.C. § 528(a)(4). In other words, we help people file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Top 10 Myths About Bankruptcy

June 17, 2010 Brian V. Lee

If you are considering filing bankruptcy, consult with an attorney to help you understand your options. You should not take lightly the choice to file bankruptcy. But you should also not dread bankruptcy for the wrong reasons. Don’t fall prey [ . . . ]

Emergency Bankruptcy

June 16, 2010 Brian V. Lee

A person may need to file an emergency bankruptcy to prevent some particular action by a creditor, like garnishment, repossession, or a foreclosure auction. In such cases, the bankruptcy court allows a bankruptcy case to commence with the filing only [ . . . ]

Homeowners Association Fees in Bankruptcy

June 15, 2010 Brian V. Lee

Even if you file bankruptcy and surrender your home, in some cases, your homeowners association can still pursue you for unpaid dues. In Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, homeowners associations have a “superpriority” for unpaid dues. Up until title to [ . . . ]

Top 10 Hidden Monuments in Washington, D.C.

June 13, 2010 Brian V. Lee

10. TITANIC MEMORIAL Hidden at the end of a residential cul-de-sac on P Street SW facing the Southwest Waterfont, the Titanic Memorial is a gorgeous granite statue imitating Kate Winslet’s famous pose aboard the downed vessel in the James Cameron [ . . . ]

Be Prepared When the Collection Agent Calls

June 12, 2010 Brian V. Lee

When the collection agent calls, be prepared. Thanks to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you don’t have to take abuse just because you owe a debt. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) strictly prohibits debt collectors from using [ . . . ]

$1.1M to Settle an $8K Credit Card Debt?

June 8, 2010 Brian V. Lee

With the Credit CARD Act of 2009, Congress enacted the most sweeping changes in credit card laws in decades. The majority of consumer protections kicked in on February 22, 2010. Now credit card companies are required to divulge how many [ . . . ]

What is a Proof of Claim in Bankruptcy?

June 6, 2010 Brian V. Lee

In bankruptcy, a Proof of Claim is a creditor’s written statement detailing the creditor’s claim against the debtor. A Proof of Claim is usually filed in Chapter 13 cases. But Proofs of Claim are sometimes filed in Chapter 11 and [ . . . ]

Bankruptcy Conversion from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7

June 1, 2010 Brian V. Lee

If you qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, then you are legally entitled to a bankruptcy discharge of all eligible debts. On the other hand, in Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you propose to repay some pre-arranged portion of your debt. Under certain [ . . . ]