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.

Should I Stop Paying My Bills?

May 8, 2011 Brian V. Lee

I often get asked the question, “If I am filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, should I stop paying my bills?” The answer is Yes and No. Continue to Pay the Bills You Will Still Have After Bankruptcy First the No. You [ . . . ]

Should I File Bankruptcy?

July 6, 2010 Brian V. Lee

Bankruptcy is not for everyone, and not a decision to take lightly. Over three quarters of a million Americans will declare bankruptcy in 2017. But how do you know if bankruptcy is right for you? If you find yourself asking, [ . . . ]

Be Prepared When the Collection Agent Calls

June 12, 2010 Brian V. Lee

When the collection agent calls, be prepared. Thanks to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you don’t have to take abuse just because you owe a debt. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) strictly prohibits debt collectors from using [ . . . ]

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 [ . . . ]

Top Ten Movies About the Economic Crisis

May 3, 2010 Brian V. Lee

Understanding how the economy got to where it is today is no easy task. What follows are the top ten movies about the economic crisis. Elizabeth Warren, Harvard Law Professor and whip-smart economic wonk, succinctly summarized the frightening state of [ . . . ]

The Top Ten Reasons For Bankruptcy

April 26, 2010 Brian V. Lee

You have your own story, but so do we all. If you’re considering bankruptcy, you may feel isolated or uniquely afflicted. But you are not alone. In fact, certain recurring circumstances lead people to file bankruptcy. Here are the top [ . . . ]

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. [ . . . ]

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