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 [ . . . ]

Student Loans: The Only Type of Risk-Free Lending

February 27, 2018 Brian V. Lee

The only type of risk-free lending in the United States is student lending. Student loans cannot be discharged in bankruptcy and can even survive your death. No other type of lender in America is afforded the same protections as student [ . . . ]

Protect Your Tax Refund in Bankruptcy

February 5, 2018 Brian V. Lee

If you are due a tax refund and file bankruptcy, you must take proactive steps to protect it. Asset protection is a big part of what bankruptcy lawyers do. If you want to protect your tax refund in bankruptcy, talk [ . . . ]

Don’t Send Good Money After Bad

December 7, 2017 Brian V. Lee

Don’t send good money after bad. Have you heard the phrase? It means spending even more money on an investment with the hope of recouping your original investment. Most of our clients feel their credit card purchases to be investments. From [ . . . ]

Use Your Tax Refund to File Bankruptcy

April 3, 2017 Brian V. Lee

Attorneys fees used toward bankruptcy are exempt from distribution. In most cases, your entire tax refund can be protected in bankruptcy. But if you are considering filing for bankruptcy, you should also consider how much it will cost to file. [ . . . ]

Student Loans and the Means Test in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

March 17, 2017 Brian V. Lee

The Chapter 7 “means test” determines whether your income qualifies you for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Otherwise known as the Chapter 7 Statement of Your Current Monthly Income, the means test prevents debtors with higher-than-median income from filing Chapter 7 [ . . . ]

Top 4 Tax Problems in Bankruptcy

March 15, 2017 Brian V. Lee

The top 4 tax problems in bankruptcy are not particularly easy to avoid. For those facing money problems, taxes are often an afterthought. After all, paying taxes means less money in your paycheck. But the tax problems that most frequently [ . . . ]

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