What is the Meeting of Creditors?

What is a Meeting of the Creditors?

What is the Meeting of Creditors?

The court schedules a meeting of the creditors after the filing of Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition. This meeting is also known as a “341a Hearing”.

At this hearing, the trustee will “swear in” the debtor.  After that, the trustee will ask the debtor a series of questions to determine if there are assets or income that can be recovered from the debtor and paid to the creditors. Attendance at this hearing is mandatory. If a debtor fails to appear at this meeting, then they will not receive a bankruptcy discharge.

The bankruptcy trustee controls the meeting. Creditors have the right to show up to question the debtor as well. It is rare that a creditor will actually appear at the meeting. This is not a formal court hearing.  For most debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases, the hearing can be completed in a matter of minutes.

When is the Meeting of Creditors?

The meeting is typically scheduled 21-40 days after a bankruptcy petition is filed.

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