About Brian V. Lee
Brian V. Lee provides bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, business turnaround, and litigation services to clients in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. Brian was the Washington, D.C. state chair of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys from 2016 to 2018.

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.

Be Tough, Not Uncivil

December 10, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Litigation isn’t for the weak of heart. Opposing counsel will seek any advantage to exploit, and a case can be won or lost by small margins. But you do not need to be rude when litigating a case. You must [ . . . ]

Can Eviction Happen in Cold Weather?

November 30, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Landlords in Virginia can legally evict you during a blizzard, but in Maryland and DC, whether you can be evicted depends upon just how cold it is. Cold weather evictions in Washington, DC In the District of Columbia, the U.S. [ . . . ]

Pink Cadillac — Bruce Springsteen

November 25, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Well, now you may think I’m foolish For the foolish things I do You may wonder how come I love you When you get on my nerves like you do Well, baby you know you bug me There ain’t no [ . . . ]

How Student Loan Debt Prevents Homeownership

November 19, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Perhaps it’s no surprise, but student loan debt prevents homeownership. In just the third quarter of 2018, total outstanding student loan debt increased by a whopping $37 billion. The amount of student loan debt in the United States now stands at [ . . . ]

Sixteen Tons — Tennessee Ernie Ford

November 18, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Some people say a man is made outta mud A poor man’s made outta muscle and blood Muscle and blood and skin and bones A mind that’s weak and a back that’s strong You load sixteen tons, what do you [ . . . ]

Why Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Cases Get Dismissed So Often

November 15, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases get dismissed for lots of different reasons. Most dismissals, however, can be avoided. Chapter 13 is complicated Obtaining trustee and creditor consensus on a court-approved repayment plan takes hard work, finesse, and expertise. Chapter 13 allows [ . . . ]

The Case for Universal Basic Income

November 13, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Could universal basic income bring an end to poverty in America? A lot of big thinkers think so. What is Universal Basic Income? Universal Basic Income (or “UBI”) is the idea of providing a guaranteed income (like $500 a month) [ . . . ]

Low Budget — The Kinks

November 11, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Cheap is small and not too steep But best of all, cheap is cheap Circumstance has forced my hand To be a cut-priced person In a low-budget land Times are hard, but we’ll all survive I just gotta learn to [ . . . ]

What is a Notice of Intent to Accelerate?

November 8, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Almost every mortgage contains the requirement that your lender send a Notice of Intent to Accelerate before it can initiate foreclosure proceedings. What is a Notice of Intent to Accelerate? Sometimes called a Default Letter, the Notice of Intent to [ . . . ]

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