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.

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 [ . . . ]

How Much Does Bankruptcy Cost?

August 17, 2016 Brian V. Lee

There are three main chapters of bankruptcy for individuals, and all three have different bankruptcy costs and fees. Your total bankruptcy cost includes both court filing fees, which are an administrative requirement, and legal fees, which are paid to your attorney. If you’re having difficulty [ . . . ]

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 [ . . . ]

What are the Bankruptcy Chapters?

July 15, 2012 Brian V. Lee

Most consumer debtors have two main bankruptcy chapters under the Bankruptcy Code: Chapter 13 and Chapter 7. There are, however, two other types of bankruptcy: Chapter 11 and Chapter 12. Here are the principal differences between the bankruptcy chapters. Chapter [ . . . ]

What is a Proof of Claim in Bankruptcy?

June 6, 2010 Brian V. Lee

In bankruptcy, a Proof of Claim is a creditor’s written statement detailing the creditor’s claim against the debtor. A Proof of Claim is usually filed in Chapter 13 cases. But Proofs of Claim are sometimes filed in Chapter 11 and [ . . . ]

A Short Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms

May 19, 2010 Brian V. Lee

Here is a short glossary of essential bankruptcy terms. Many definitions are not included. Do not attempt to manipulate concepts you do not fully understand. Call an attorney if you have a legal problem. Bankruptcy terms: A – C Adversary [ . . . ]