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What Does A Bankruptcy Trustee Do?

  • By Arcadier, Biggie & Wood, PLLC
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Bankruptcy trustees play a pivotal role in the complex process of bankruptcy proceedings. Trustees are tasked with overseeing various aspects of the bankruptcy case, acting as impartial intermediaries between debtors and creditors, and ensuring that the process unfolds fairly and efficiently. The following is a brief overview of this process. A bankruptcy lawyer can answer any questions regarding your specific situation.

Duties Of The Trustee

Bankruptcy trustees are appointed by the court to administer bankruptcy cases. They serve as fiduciaries, entrusted with managing the debtor’s assets and distributing them equitably among creditors according to the provisions of bankruptcy law. Their primary objective is to maximize the recovery for creditors while also safeguarding the interests of the debtor to the extent possible.

One of the trustee’s key responsibilities is to review the debtor’s financial affairs thoroughly. This involves examining the debtor’s assets, liabilities, income, and expenses to gain a comprehensive understanding of their financial situation. By conducting this analysis, trustees can identify any potential assets that may be available for liquidation to satisfy creditors’ claims.

Trustees are also tasked with investigating the debtor’s financial transactions leading up to the bankruptcy filing. They scrutinize the debtor’s actions to uncover any potential fraudulent transfers or preferential payments made to certain creditors. If they discover any improper transactions, trustees may initiate legal actions to recover the assets for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate.

Chapter 7 Trustee

Once the trustee has assessed the debtor’s financial situation, they oversee the liquidation process if applicable. In Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, which involve the liquidation of assets to repay creditors, trustees are responsible for selling non-exempt property and distributing the proceeds among creditors. They must ensure that the liquidation is carried out in accordance with bankruptcy laws and that creditors receive their fair share of the proceeds.

Chapter 13 Trustee

In Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, where debtors propose a repayment plan to reorganize their debts, trustees play a different role. They review the proposed repayment plan to ensure it complies with bankruptcy laws and is feasible given the debtor’s financial circumstances. Throughout the duration of the Chapter 13 plan, trustees monitor the debtor’s payments and may object to any proposed modifications that deviate from the original terms.

Other Duties

Bankruptcy trustees act as mediators between debtors and creditors, facilitating communication and negotiation between the parties involved. They may conduct creditor meetings, where creditors can question the debtor about their financial affairs and voice any concerns they may have. Trustees also play a crucial role in resolving disputes that arise during the bankruptcy process, working to achieve fair and amicable resolutions whenever possible.

Trustees play a multifaceted role in the bankruptcy process, serving as impartial administrators, asset liquidators, investigators, mediators, and advocates for creditors’ interests. Through their diligent oversight and adherence to bankruptcy laws, trustees help to ensure the orderly and equitable resolution of bankruptcy cases, balancing the interests of debtors and creditors alike.

Thank you to our friends at Leinart Law Firm for their insights into bankruptcy.

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