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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.

Lee Legal keeps abreast of the local economy in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. so you benefit from current developments. Lee Legal examines the legal and financial big picture to determine what options are best for you.

From income inequality to minimum wage to personal finance issues, we want you to feel comfortable with the solutions we present. Context is important.

The Downsides of Reverse Mortgages

March 13, 2011 Brian V. Lee

A “reverse mortgage” is essentially a mortgage loan for a homeowner at least 62 years of age who owns a primary residence free and clear of any liens, or who has significantly paid down the balance on the existing mortgage. [ . . . ]

Can the Bankruptcy Trustee Take My Tax Refund?

March 10, 2011 Brian V. Lee

Your income tax refund is basically an interest-free loan to the government. If you have paid more in taxes than you owe, then the government must repay you for your overpayment. Especially around this time of year, clients ask me [ . . . ]

Beware of Temporary Mortgage Modifications

December 1, 2010 Brian V. Lee

On December 1, 2010, Chris Dodd’s final Senate hearing featured testimony from senior Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives. These execs blame mortgage servicers for triggering the mortgage meltdown. As a bankruptcy lawyer practicing in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, I have [ . . . ]

Washington, D.C. Officials Combat Foreclosures

November 11, 2010 Brian V. Lee

On October 27, 2010, Washington D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles issued a homeowner-friendly Statement of Enforcement. The statement prohibits the commencement of any foreclosure against a D.C. homeowner unless the current mortgage note holder demonstrates the note’s recordation with the District’s [ . . . ]

Anatomy of a Foreclosure: How Foreclosure Works

November 4, 2010 Brian V. Lee

Foreclosure activity in the U.S. totaled 676,535 properties in 2017, down to a 12-year low. Foreclosure activity includes default notices, auction sale notices, and bank repossessions.  Many of those seeking foreclosure assistance ask how foreclosure works. If you are seeking [ . . . ]

Gambling Debts Can Be Discharged in Bankruptcy

October 26, 2010 Brian V. Lee

Gambling is a form of entertainment for some, but a serious addiction for others. Most people gamble for fun and know when to stop. But compulsive gamblers suffer from an addiction disorder and need professional help. In the past, bankruptcy [ . . . ]

What is a Reaffirmation Agreement?

September 12, 2010 Brian V. Lee

In bankruptcy, a reaffirmation agreement refers to a contract between the debtor and a secured creditor. The reaffirmation (or “reaff”) is an agreement that waives the discharge of a debt that would otherwise be discharged. They allow the debtor to [ . . . ]

Bankruptcy and Marriage

September 9, 2010 Brian V. Lee

When a spouse is involved, filing bankruptcy can be significantly more complicated than filing a simple individual bankruptcy. The intersection of bankruptcy and marriage can create complicated circumstances for both spouses. In many cases, a married couple may find themselves [ . . . ]

You Can’t Be Fired for Filing Bankruptcy

August 29, 2010 Brian V. Lee

You can’t be fired for filing bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy Code expressly prohibits your employer from discriminating against you for filing for bankruptcy protection. The Code has two separate provisions. The first one deals with public employers, that is, the government. [ . . . ]

Discuss Bankruptcy With Your Family

August 26, 2010 Brian V. Lee

Families can face strain when a member of the family faces bankruptcy. Financial problems often lead to damaged relationships and sometimes even divorce. When considering whether to file for bankruptcy, be sure also to weigh the effect it will have [ . . . ]

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