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Patrick J. Smith

Tax, International, Bankruptcy
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Sherrie A. Smith

Foreclosure, Workout, Consumer Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy
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Jeffrey B. Cohen

Bankruptcy, Employment, Labor Law, Litigation
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Kathleen Kibler Mahoney

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

Civil Rights, Business Organization, Administrative Law, Bankruptcy
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Kathleen L. Cerveny

Banking & Finance, Business Organization, Corporate Governance, Dissolution
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Brian V Lee

Bankruptcy & Debt, Bankruptcy, Credit & Debt, Foreclosure
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  15 Years

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Michael William Briggs

State Government, Government, Administrative Law, Consumer Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  28 Years

Stuart Mckinley Paynter

Federal Appellate Practice, Civil & Human Rights, Consumer Bankruptcy, Malpractice
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  17 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

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.

LIEN

The right of a secured creditor to grab a specific item of property if you don't pay a debt. Liens you agree to are called security interests, and include mortg... (more...)
The right of a secured creditor to grab a specific item of property if you don't pay a debt. Liens you agree to are called security interests, and include mortgages, home equity loans, car loans and personal loans for which you pledge property to guarantee repayment. Liens created without your consent are called nonconsensual liens, and include judgment liens (liens filed by a creditor who has sued you and obtained a judgment), tax liens and mechanics liens (liens filed by a contractor who worked on your house but wasn't paid).

AUTOMATIC STAY

An injunction automatically issued by the bankruptcy court when a debtor files for bankruptcy. The automatic stay prohibits most creditor collection activities,... (more...)
An injunction automatically issued by the bankruptcy court when a debtor files for bankruptcy. The automatic stay prohibits most creditor collection activities, such as filing or continuing lawsuits, making written requests for payment, or notifying credit reporting bureaus of an unpaid debt.

FORBEARANCE

Voluntarily refraining from doing something, such as asserting a legal right. For example, a creditor may forbear on its right to collect a debt by temporarily ... (more...)
Voluntarily refraining from doing something, such as asserting a legal right. For example, a creditor may forbear on its right to collect a debt by temporarily postponing or reducing the borrower's payments.

COLLATERAL

Property that guarantees payment of a secured debt.

CCCS

See Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

HOUSEHOLDER

A person who supports and maintains a household, with or without other people. In bankruptcy law, a householder, housekeeper or head of household can claim a ho... (more...)
A person who supports and maintains a household, with or without other people. In bankruptcy law, a householder, housekeeper or head of household can claim a homestead exemption and possibly other exemptions relating to the maintenance of the household.

SECURED DEBT

A debt on which a creditor has a lien. The creditor can institute a foreclosure or repossession to take the property identified by the lien, called the collater... (more...)
A debt on which a creditor has a lien. The creditor can institute a foreclosure or repossession to take the property identified by the lien, called the collateral, to satisfy the debt if you default. Compare unsecured debt.

DOING BUSINESS AS (DBA)

A situation in which a business owner operates a company under a name different from his or her real name. The owner must file a 'fictitious name statement' or ... (more...)
A situation in which a business owner operates a company under a name different from his or her real name. The owner must file a 'fictitious name statement' or similar document with the appropriate agency -- for example, the county clerk. This enables consumers to discover the names of the business owners, which is important if a consumer needs to sue the business.

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 ...