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.

Because You’re Ready for a Fresh Start

April 3, 2019 Brian V. Lee

Because you’re not making enough money to live on. Or because your expenses just are out of control. Because life should be more than nonstop work and worry. You may be ready for bankruptcy. Because you have no assets to [ . . . ]

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 [ . . . ]

You Do Not Have to Be Broke to File Bankruptcy

March 15, 2016 Brian V. Lee

  Megastar veteran rap artist 50 Cent declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on August 3, 2015. In his bankruptcy schedules, 50 Cent (real name: Curtis James Jackson III) listed assets amounting to $24,823,899.18 and debts totaling $32,509,549.91. The monthly mortgage payment [ . . . ]

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 [ . . . ]

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 [ . . . ]

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 [ . . . ]

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 [ . . . ]

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