Typically, you must go to Court only once. This appearance in Court for Bankruptcy is also not like most other Court appearances. For instance, there is no Judge, no jury, no arguments, and no evidence. Generally, this meeting is short revisit recap of everything submitted in your bankruptcy paperwork at the start of this process, and maybe a few possible follow up questions the Bankruptcy Trustee may have.
The Bankruptcy Trustee is an attorney who has the job of reviewing your paperwork, assets, and debts as well as asking you questions. The Bankruptcy Trustee actually has more to their job description than that, but for our purpose of explaining it simply, we will leave it at that. For more information, you can visit https://www.justice.gov/ust.
The one and only Court appearance necessary is what is known as a “Meeting of Creditors.” The name is almost a misnomer because even though Creditors are actually invited to come to this meeting, most creditors choose to not attend. In the event, a few creditors decide to show, your meeting will be nothing to fear as long as you have proper representation. A Meeting of Creditors without representation, on the other hand, has the potential to be a total nightmare.
I have witnessed Debtors attempt to be their own advocate and while it is their right to do so, it is not an event for the faint of heart. I say this because this is battle unrepresented Debtors have no hope of winning because of how unnecessarily complicated the Bankruptcy Code is. Judge Keith M. Lundin was quoted saying:
“Unquestionably, [the] most poorly written piece of legislation that I or anyone else has ever seen. No one has ever seen a piece of garbage like this. There’s going to be the most fantastic anarchy in bankruptcy courts for years.”
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