November 10, 2019

Suicide prevention is one of the purposes of the bankruptcy law.

This story in the Washington Post touches on the way the human tragedy of suicide is sometimes related to "rising debt."  The surviving spouse here wanted her story told in the neswspapers, so I'm sharing...

For October 2019, I was tied for first among lawyers in Northern Virginia in cases filed. Tied for last (with 15 others) in cases dismissed.

That could mean that I do things differently than the other busy bankruptcy lawyers around here. (There are two ways a bankruptcy...

September 2, 2019

Don got a letter last week offering him $1000 for the car he's giving up in his Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Don owes way more on the car than it's worth, and he's using bankruptcy to give it up. So why would someone offer him $1000?  Well maybe this is a towing and storage sc...

Sen Elizabeth Warren is probably America's leading academic expert on bankruptcy law.

I just read this article in the New York Times about how her studies of bankruptcy shaped her academic and then political career.  

I was practicing bankruptcy law in Maryland at the ti...

August 10, 2019

I've wondered how debt settlement outfits find struggling consumers to target.

It's illegal for credit bureaus to sell your private information, except when you are applying for a loan, for companies you already have an account with, or to someone making a "firm offer o...

I just finished a survey of people who filed bankruptcy with me three years ago. Here’s one big thing I found out: credit scores three years after bankruptcy are almost the national average.  

Right about half of the people who filed bankruptcy with me th...

After bankruptcy, be sure to get a couple credit cards.

I'm doing a survey of people who filed bankruptcy with me a few years ago. About half of them are telling me their score is 670 or higher, which is what Experian calls "good."

That's a lot better than most people ex...

March 23, 2019

For years, Bankruptcy Lawyer Robert Weed has had the lowest rate of bankruptcies dismissed among Northern Virginia bankruptcy lawyers.  Because more of our bankruptcies get discharged--that means the debts are cleared--we had the most bankruptcies approved in 2018. Eve...

Where to park for your bankruptcy hearing. Hint: NOT at the Prince William Court House.

Last month I was on Capitol Hill, with a couple dozen bankruptcy lawyers, talking to people about H.R. 770, a bill to restore the bankruptcy discharge for student loans.  

I think we are getting some momentum to go back to the law before 1979, when student loans co...

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