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Patrick J. Smith

Tax, International, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           

Kathleen Kibler Mahoney

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

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

Michael William Briggs

State Government, Government, Administrative Law, Consumer Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  29 Years

Stuart Mckinley Paynter

Federal Appellate Practice, Civil & Human Rights, Consumer Bankruptcy, Malpractice
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  18 Years

Frank Paul Bland

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

Alvin David Williams

Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  24 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

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.

DEBT COLLECTOR

A person who works in the in-house collections department of an original creditor or a collection agency to track down debtors and get them to pay what they owe... (more...)
A person who works in the in-house collections department of an original creditor or a collection agency to track down debtors and get them to pay what they owe. Debt collectors can be relentless, often using scare tactics, humiliation and repeated phone calls to extract payments or promises to pay.

FRATERNAL BENEFIT SOCIETY BENEFITS

These are benefits, often group life insurance, paid for by fraternal societies to their members. Elks, Masons or Knights of Columbus are common fraternal socie... (more...)
These are benefits, often group life insurance, paid for by fraternal societies to their members. Elks, Masons or Knights of Columbus are common fraternal societies that provide benefits. Also called benefit society, benevolent society or mutual aid association benefits. Under bankruptcy laws, these benefits are virtually always considered exempt property.

INTEREST

A commission you pay a bank or other creditor for lending you money or extending you credit. An interest rate represents the annual percentage that is added to ... (more...)
A commission you pay a bank or other creditor for lending you money or extending you credit. An interest rate represents the annual percentage that is added to your balance. This means that if your loan or credit line has an interest rate of 8%, the holder adds 8% to the balance each year. More specifically, interest is calculated and added to your loan or credit line through a process called compounding. If interest is compounded daily, the balance will rise by 1/365th of 8% each day. If interest is compounded monthly, the balance will rise 1/12th of 8% at the start of each month.

CREDITOR

A person or entity (such as a bank) to whom a debt is owed.

COSIGNER

A person who signs his or her name to a loan agreement, lease or credit application. If the primary debtor does not pay, the cosigner is fully responsible for t... (more...)
A person who signs his or her name to a loan agreement, lease or credit application. If the primary debtor does not pay, the cosigner is fully responsible for the loan or debt. Many people use cosigners to qualify for a loan or credit card. Landlords may require a cosigner when renting to a student or someone with a poor credit history.

SUBROGATION

A taking on of the legal rights of someone whose debts or expenses have been paid. For example, subrogation occurs when an insurance company that has paid off i... (more...)
A taking on of the legal rights of someone whose debts or expenses have been paid. For example, subrogation occurs when an insurance company that has paid off its injured claimant takes the legal rights the claimant has against a third party that caused the injury, and sues that third party.

GUARANTEED RESERVATION

A hotel or rental car reservation secured by a credit card number. In exchange for your card number, the hotel or rental agency promises to have a room or vehic... (more...)
A hotel or rental car reservation secured by a credit card number. In exchange for your card number, the hotel or rental agency promises to have a room or vehicle for you no matter when you show up. If you have a guaranteed reservation with a hotel, it must provide you with a room, either at that hotel or at another comparable establishment. If you have a guaranteed reservation with a car agency, it must provide you with a vehicle. The downside of a guaranteed reservation is that if you don't show up and haven't cancelled your reservation, you will be billed for one night in the room or one day's use of the vehicle.

GARNISHMENT

A court-ordered process that takes property from a person to satisfy a debt. For example, a person who owes money to a creditor may have her wages garnished if ... (more...)
A court-ordered process that takes property from a person to satisfy a debt. For example, a person who owes money to a creditor may have her wages garnished if she loses a lawsuit filed by the creditor. Up to 25% of a person's wages can be deducted.

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 ...