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.

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 [ . . . ]

How Long Does Bankruptcy Take?

October 9, 2018 Brian V. Lee

How long does bankruptcy take? That depends on whether you file a Chapter 7, Chapter 13, or Chapter 11. Chapter 7 bankruptcy How long your Chapter 7 bankruptcy will take depends upon whether you have assets to distribute. Most Chapter [ . . . ]

What Happens to My Debts When I Die?

August 7, 2018 Gina Mangiaracina

When planning a future for your loved ones, you do not want your legacy to include a mountain of debt. Many people are unaware that their debts can continue to haunt those they leave behind. Whoever you select to manage [ . . . ]

Top 7 Reasons People Declare Bankruptcy

July 24, 2018 Brian V. Lee

People don’t declare bankruptcy for the fun of it. Bankruptcy results from a financial hardship from which a person cannot recover within a reasonable amount of time. Lots of circumstances can lead to personal bankruptcy. Here are the top 7 [ . . . ]

Personal Liability For Business Debts

June 19, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Businesses are not liable for the personal debts of the business owner. Likewise, neither is the business owner automatically liable for the debts of the business. There are two ways in which personal liability for business debts can arise: by personal guarantee [ . . . ]

How Do I Get My Transcripts If I Owe My College Money?

June 14, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Academic transcripts are the property of a school. Each school makes its own policy about whether to release transcripts. No federal law requires a school to release official academic transcripts to an indebted student. Bankruptcy and debt defense attorneys get [ . . . ]

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