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Patrick J. Smith

Tax, International, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           

Kathleen Kibler Mahoney

Bankruptcy, Criminal, Estate Planning, Family Law
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Donna Williams Rucker

Civil Rights, Business Organization, Administrative Law, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           

Brian V Lee

Bankruptcy & Debt, Bankruptcy, Credit & Debt, Foreclosure
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  16 Years

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Kathleen L. Cerveny

Corporate Governance, Business Organization, Banking & Finance, Dissolution
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  34 Years

Sherrie A. Smith

Foreclosure, Workout, Consumer Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  15 Years

Laurie Pyne O'Reilly

Real Estate, Estate Planning, Family Law, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           

Alvin David Williams

Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  24 Years

Frank Paul Bland

Consumer Bankruptcy, Litigation, Public Interest Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Michael William Briggs

State Government, Government, Administrative Law, Consumer Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  30 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

TRADE DRESS

The distinctive packaging or design of a product that promotes the product and distinguishes it from other products in the marketplace -- for example, the shape... (more...)
The distinctive packaging or design of a product that promotes the product and distinguishes it from other products in the marketplace -- for example, the shape of Frangelico liqueur bottles. Trade dress can be protected under trademark law if a showing can be made that the average consumer would likely be confused as to product origin if another product were allowed to appear in similar dress.

SETOFF

A claim made by someone who allegedly owes money, that the amount should be reduced because the other person owes him money. This is often raised in a countercl... (more...)
A claim made by someone who allegedly owes money, that the amount should be reduced because the other person owes him money. This is often raised in a counterclaim filed by a defendant in a lawsuit. Banks may try to exercise a setoff by taking money out of a deposit account to satisfy past due payments on a loan or credit card bill. Such an act is illegal under most circumstances.

CHAPTER 13 PLAN

A document filed in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in which the debtor shows how all of his or her disposable income will be used over a three- to five-year period to ... (more...)
A document filed in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in which the debtor shows how all of his or her disposable income will be used over a three- to five-year period to pay all mandatory debts -- for example, back child support, taxes, and mortgage arrearages -- as well as some or all unsecured, nonpriority debts, such as medical and credit card bills.

REPOSSESSION

A creditor's taking property that has been pledged as collateral for a loan. Lenders will most often repossess cars when the owner has missed loan payments and ... (more...)
A creditor's taking property that has been pledged as collateral for a loan. Lenders will most often repossess cars when the owner has missed loan payments and has not attempted to work with the lender to resolve the problem. A repossessor can't use force to get at your car, but he can legally hot-wire it and even drive it out of your unlocked garage.

TRADE NAME

The official name of a business, the one it uses on its letterhead and bank account when not dealing with consumers.

PRESUMED ABUSE

In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, when the debtor's current monthly income exceeds the family median income for his or her state and he or she cannot pass the means te... (more...)
In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, when the debtor's current monthly income exceeds the family median income for his or her state and he or she cannot pass the means test, the court will presume that the debtor has sufficient income to fund a Chapter 13 plan. In this situation, the debtor will not be allowed to proceed with a Chapter 7 bankruptcy unless the debtor can prove that he or she is not abusing the Chapter 7 bankruptcy remedy.

CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICE (CCCS)

A national non-profit agency that, at no cost, helps debtors plan budgets and repay their debts. One major criticism of CCCS is that each office is primarily fu... (more...)
A national non-profit agency that, at no cost, helps debtors plan budgets and repay their debts. One major criticism of CCCS is that each office is primarily funded by voluntary donations from the creditors that receive payments from debtors repaying their debts through that office. Despite this criticism, most CCCS counselors provide clients with thorough and neutral advice.

LOSS DAMAGE WAIVER (LDW)

Rental car insurance that makes the rental car company responsible for damage to or theft of a rental car. This insurance is a major consumer ripoff, as it ofte... (more...)
Rental car insurance that makes the rental car company responsible for damage to or theft of a rental car. This insurance is a major consumer ripoff, as it often duplicates coverage provided by the renter's regular car insurance and/or the credit card she uses to rent the car. Nevertheless, hard-sell practices by rental car agents often dupe people into buying LDWs they don't really need. LDW is also called 'collision damage waiver.'

SECRET WARRANTY PROGRAM

A program under which a car manufacturer will make repairs for free on vehicles with persistent problems, even after the warranty has expired, in order to avoid... (more...)
A program under which a car manufacturer will make repairs for free on vehicles with persistent problems, even after the warranty has expired, in order to avoid a recall and the accompanying bad press. Secret warranties are rarely advertised by the manufacturer, so consumers must pursue the manufacturer to discover and take advantage of them. A few states require manufacturers to notify car buyers when they adopt secret warranty programs.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

IN RE SHMUCKLER

... The Board on Professional Responsibility recommends that respondent Howard R. Shmuckler be disbarred pursuant to DCCode § 11-2503(a) (2001), because he was convicted of bankruptcy fraud in violation of 18 USC § 152(1) and (2) by the United States District Court for ...

FIDELITY NAT. TITLE INS. CO. v. Tillerson

... [5] The record shows that this property was the subject of a 2006 Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding in Stancil's name. On November 28, 2006, the bankruptcy trustee declared this property to be of insufficient value to satisfy the bankruptcy debts and abandoned it. ...

Kissi v. Hardesty

... It is undisputed that on September 7, 2000, appellant's company, DK & R Company ("DK & R"), which is incorporated in Delaware, filed for bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland and that on September 23, 2003, two Maryland condominium ...