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.

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 [ . . . ]

What is the Bankruptcy Discharge?

May 27, 2010 Brian V. Lee

What is the Bankruptcy Discharge? Usually, the whole reason to declare bankruptcy is to obtain the bankruptcy discharge. Once you have received your discharge in bankruptcy, no discharged creditor can take any enforcement action against you, ever. In other words, [ . . . ]

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 [ . . . ]

Top Three Reasons to File Bankruptcy

May 18, 2010 Brian V. Lee

Bankruptcy is not appropriate for every situation, and the primary concern of a bankruptcy lawyer is to explore all of the options to determine whether bankruptcy or some other option is the best choice for you. No one intentionally chooses [ . . . ]

Debt Settlement Companies are Rip-Offs

May 15, 2010 Brian V. Lee

There exists no independent research on the success rates of so-called “debt settlement” companies. Both internal company reports and copious anecdotal evidence suggest that fewer than one in four of those who hire these companies actually complete their programs. Even more [ . . . ]

What is Skip Tracing?

May 14, 2010 Brian V. Lee

Skip tracing (or “skiptracing”) is the imprecise and frequently inartful process of locating a person’s whereabouts by whatever means available to the skip tracer. Skip tracing tactics are most often employed by debt collectors, although the methods are also used [ . . . ]

How Will Bankruptcy Affect My Credit Score?

May 10, 2010 Brian V. Lee

Bankruptcy fixes many past and current financial problems. But before you file, it’s smart to ask: How will bankruptcy affect my credit score? What is my credit score? Your credit score is a numerical expression (between 300 and 850) based [ . . . ]

The Meeting of Creditors: Who Will Show Up?

May 7, 2010 Brian V. Lee

About a month after you file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you will need to go to the Meeting of Creditors. Your attendance at this meeting is mandatory. But who else will show up? The Meeting of Creditors [ . . . ]

Payday Loans Are Rarely a Wise Credit Choice

April 25, 2010 Brian V. Lee

Payday loans are bad news. Defaulting on any loan reflects negatively on a person’s ability to re-pay debt, but not all lenders report defaulting loans. Payday loans do. There are lots of negative consequences to defaulting on cash advance or payday loans. [ . . . ]

Business Bankruptcy: Chapter 7

July 28, 2009 Brian V. Lee

If your company or business is so far in debt that it can’t continue business operations, consider business bankruptcy. Many different types of businesses can be good candidates for under Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Business Bankruptcy: Chapter 7 Chapter 7 bankruptcy [ . . . ]

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