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.

Student Loans are Holding Back Home Ownership

December 29, 2016 Brian V. Lee

America’s student-loan debt grows by $2,726 every second. Total student loan debt in the United States has topped $1.3 trillion, second only to mortgage debt. Nearly one-third (30%) of Americans know someone who has delayed the purchase of a home because of [ . . . ]

Tuition is Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

December 16, 2016 Brian V. Lee

Section 523 of the Bankruptcy Code provides that student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. But unpaid tuition is not a student loan. While it is extremely difficult to discharge student loans in bankruptcy, unpaid tuition is dischargeable in bankruptcy. [ . . . ]

The Solution to Increasing Student Loan Defaults

May 28, 2016 Brian V. Lee

In 2016, 43 million Americans carried a total of over $1.3 trillion in student debt. More than 40% of the nearly 22 million borrowers with federal student loans were in default or behind on their payments. Student loan defaults have been [ . . . ]

Causes of Debt

October 20, 2015 Brian V. Lee

There are many different causes of debt. The quiz show Jeopardy recently addressed five types. Student loans Seven in ten students graduate with student loan debt, which is now bigger than both auto loans and credit cards. And student loan [ . . . ]

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