During your bankruptcy, you will probably never interact with the judge. Instead, you will work with a trustee.
According to the United States Bankruptcy Court Western District of Kentucky, the bankruptcy trustee is the administer of your case. He or she handles almost all of the details.
The trustee will be the one to go over your forms and ensure you provided all the required information and documentation. He or she will also conduct the Section 341 meeting where you may have to answer questions and provide additional details about your case.
The trustee will also make sure to collect any money in your case and manage payments coming from the bankruptcy estate. If there are any questions in your case about the information you provide, the trustee can investigate.
The bankruptcy trustee is an authority figure in your case. You must comply with all requests from the trustee. If you fail to do so, he or she could have the judge dismiss your case. The trustee also reports everything to the court and makes the suggestion to dismiss your case if he or she feels you are not eligible to file Chapter 7.
You should note a trustee is not an employee of the judge. He or she is independent and works for the U.S. Trustee’s Office. Trustees cannot give legal advice and cannot directly make rulings in your case.
It is essential for you to comply with the trustee and treat him or her with respect. This person can have a huge influence on your case and may be the only authority figure you ever interact with during the proceedings.