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 [ . . . ]

The Hidden Costs of Owning a Home

March 21, 2019 Brian V. Lee

According to the Urban Institute, 63 percent of millennials who bought homes have regrets resulting from underestimating the hidden costs. Zillow found that American homeowners spend nearly $9,400 in hidden costs to own and care for a median-priced home. Let’s [ . . . ]

Will a Loan Modification Hurt My Credit Score?

February 11, 2019 Brian V. Lee

If you fall behind on your mortgage, you have options, but you must be proactive. One of the best ways to get back on track with your mortgage is loan modification. But will a loan modification hurt your credit score? [ . . . ]

What is a Notice of Intent to Accelerate?

November 8, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Almost every mortgage contains the requirement that your lender send a Notice of Intent to Accelerate before it can initiate foreclosure proceedings. What is a Notice of Intent to Accelerate? Sometimes called a Default Letter, the Notice of Intent to [ . . . ]

How to Recover from Foreclosure

September 7, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Facing foreclosure on your home can be one of life’s biggest challenges. You have options if you want to save your home, but sometimes allowing the foreclosure to take place is your best option. If you have to let go [ . . . ]

What Happens to My Debts When I Die?

August 7, 2018 Gina Mangiaracina

When planning a future for your loved ones, you do not want your legacy to include a mountain of debt. Many people are unaware that their debts can continue to haunt those they leave behind. Whoever you select to manage [ . . . ]

What Is Mortgage Reinstatement?

February 22, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Mortgage reinstatement is your first and best loss mitigation option when facing foreclosure. Mortgage reinstatement means catching up your missed mortgage payments, along with all associated late fees and charges. To reinstate, you must pay the full amount due and owing [ . . . ]

Foreclosure Non-Retention Options

October 26, 2017 Brian V. Lee

If you have a property in foreclosure, your mortgage lender will likely send you all sorts of correspondence. You may have modification or reinstatement options, which is great if you want to retain the property. But for a variety of [ . . . ]

Getting a New Mortgage After a Foreclosure

July 14, 2017 Brian V. Lee

Getting a new mortgage after a foreclosure can be challenging under certain circumstances. But if you want to buy another home, take heart because it is possible. Generally speaking, you will not be able to obtain a mortgage sooner than [ . . . ]

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