These firms recently filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's local clerk of court offices.

Under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code, a company is protected from claims by creditors while it attempts to reorganize its finances under a plan approved by the court.

In a Chapter 7 liquidation, a court trustee sells assets to pay creditors' claims. The company then ceases operations.

Eastern Virginia District

Alexandria Division

A to Z Renovations Inc.

3087 P.S. Business Center, Woodbridge, Va. 22192

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 02-85995-RGM

Date filed: Dec. 11

Attorney: Scott J. Newton, 703-549-5000

Assets: $42,795

Liabilities: $110,576

Largest unsecured creditor: Mid-South, $13,170

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Engineering Design International Inc.

21707 Big Woods Rd., P.O. Box 219, Dickerson, Md. 20842

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 02-23886DK

Date filed: Dec. 8

Attorney: Karen E. Bell, 410-244-1990

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $50,001 to $100,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Carrier Corp., $30,174

Megaxess Inc.

12800 Middlebrook Rd., Trevion II, Suite 206, Germantown, Md. 20874

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 02-24181DK

Date filed: Dec. 10

Attorney: James A. Vidmar Jr., 301-588-8580

Assets: $100,001 to $500,000

Liabilities: $1,000,001 to $10 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

District Court

Accu-Tech Mechanical Construction Services Inc.

3215 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Washington, DC 20032

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 02-2347

Date filed: Dec. 5

Attorney: Donna Williams Rucker, 301-495-3131

Assets: $377,084

Liabilities: $713,337

Largest unsecured creditor: Phinis Jones, $147,953

Premium Escrow Services Inc.

1825 I. St. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20006

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 02-2358

Date filed: Dec. 9

Attorney: Steven H. Greenfeld, 202-537-7050

Assets: Not disclosed

Liabilities: Not disclosed

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya