Debt Relief Agency ( Bankruptcy) Law and Legal Definition

A debt relief agency refers to “any person who provides any bankruptcy assistance to an assisted person in return for the payment of money or other valuable consideration, or who is a bankruptcy petition preparer under section 110 [11 USCS § 110], but does not include--

(A) any person who is an officer, director, employee, or agent of a person who provides such assistance or of the bankruptcy petition preparer;

(B) a nonprofit organization that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 [26 USCS § 501(c)(3)];

(C) a creditor of such assisted person, to the extent that the creditor is assisting such assisted person to restructure any debt owed by such assisted person to the creditor;

(D) a depository institution (as defined in section 3 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act [12 USCS § 1813]) or any Federal credit union or State credit union (as those terms are defined in section 101 of the Federal Credit Union Act [12 USCS § 1752]), or any affiliate or subsidiary of such depository institution or credit union; or

(E) an author, publisher, distributor, or seller of works subject to copyright protection under title 17 [17 USCS §§ 101 et seq.], when acting in such capacity.” 11 USCS § 101