These firms recently filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s local court clerk’s 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

Best Edupia Inc.

4107 Kentmere Sq., Fairfax, Va. 22030

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 13-11938-RGM

Date filed: April 26

Attorney: James Yim Victory, 703-333-2005

Assets: zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $500,001 to $1 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Datatron International Corp., $750,000

Maryland District
Greenbelt

Life Directions LLC

17 Norva Ave., Frederick, Md. 21701

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 13-17185

Date filed: April 25

Attorney: Lawrence Heffner, 301-695-2977

Assets: zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $50,001 to $100,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

SBM Financial LLC

14805 Village Gate Dr., Silver Spring, Md. 20906

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 13-17294

Date filed: April 26

Attorney: Lawrence A. Katz, 703-584-8362

Assets: zero to $50,000

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

Largest unsecured creditor: Foley & Lardner, $249,784

Irie Cafe II LLC

881A Capital Centre Blvd., Upper Marlboro, Md. 20774

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 13-17342

Date filed: April 28

Attorney: Craig A Butler, 202 -587-2773

Assets: zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

SBM Investment Certificates Inc.

14805 Village Gate Dr., Silver Spring, Md. 20906

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 13-17288

Date filed: April 26

Attorney: Lawrence A. Katz, 703-584-8362

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

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

Largest unsecured creditor: Hicks, Alvin C. Jr., $474,532

District of Columbia

Kusam International Inc.

1708 L Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20036

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 13-00255

Date filed: April 29

Attorney: Pro se

Assets: $100,001 to $500,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

— Compiled by Vanessa Small