Welcome to the “Reader Top Rated” Bankruptcy Blog
To my readers around the country, please keep in mind that I cannot give you legal advice. My answers here on this blog may help you think of things to talk about with YOUR LAWYER. DO NOT TRY TO BE YOUR OWN LAWYER, based on anything you read here. That would be a really bad idea.
Welcome to my blog. I’m Virginia bankruptcy lawyer Robert Weed.
Welcome. I’m Virginia bankruptcy lawyer Robert Weed. Thanks for visiting me.
I started this blog for my Virginia bankruptcy clients. When I explain something, I like to give people a written version, too; so they can refer back to it later. When I answer an email, I try to include a link to more information, for people who want to understand more.
My clients tell me that’s very helpful. I think it’s my job.
I was surprised that people all over the country started reading my blog. Hundreds of people now read something here every day! Someone told me recently that I “explain things very clearly for a lawyer.” That made me smile. I’m glad to answer blog comments from all across the country–as well as I can. (Bankruptcy is a mix of federal and state law, and the only state law I am qualified to talk about is Virginia. Different judges around the country see things differently. I only know the two judges here in Alexandria, Virginia.)
I like explaining the law–it’s one of the things lawyers should do. If my explanations are helpful to you, I’m glad.
Google tells me I now have more than five hundred readers every day from around the country. So there are a couple things I need to say.
Avvo rates me 10.0 as one of the best rated bankruptcy lawyers in Virginia. That doesn’t mean I know what bankruptcy judges think in your state.
First, whatever you read here, talk it over with your own lawyer where you are. It’s hard enough for me to keep up with what the bankruptcy judges here say. I don’t know what your judges think in New York or Nebraska. And the law in any court is what the judge thinks it is.
Second, no, I can’t be your lawyer. I get two or three emails a week asking if I can help on some thing in some other state. Thanks for asking, but no, I can’t. I’m licensed to be a lawyer in Virginia. Besides being foolish, it would be illegal for me to be your lawyer in Kansas or California. If you need a lawyer where you are, one good source for names in NACBA for bankruptcy lawyers. Or NACA for dealing with credit reports or debt collectors.
Third, I can’t answer private questions either. I can write generally about legal topics. If you post a public comment, I can comment back. That’s freedom of speech, and freedom of the press, protected under the US Constitution. If you ask me privately what I think of something, I can’t answer — that’s practicing law without a license. Sorry I can’t. (I am licensed to practice law in Virginia.) I get a couple requests a day for private legal advice outside of Virginia. Sorry, I can’t.