Will I Have To Go To Court?

The short answer is "yes," but your obligation to appear in court will be minimal. A month or so after filing your bankruptcy petition, you will be required to attend a hearing called a First Meeting of Creditors. This meeting is presided over by a bankruptcy trustee.

What Can I Expect In Bankruptcy Court?

While the trustee oversees the court proceeding, he or she is not a judge. The trustee will ask you questions about your bankruptcy papers and financial situation, and creditors are permitted to do so as well. You will be under oath and bound to answer their questions. This hearing typically does not last long; the trustee has already had time to review your paperwork.

After this initial meeting, filers usually do not need to return to court. If a creditor or trustee files a motion or another action, however, it may be necessary to make another appearance.

When you retain Nowack & Olson to represent you in your bankruptcy matter, one of our knowledgeable bankruptcy lawyers will attend the First Meeting of Creditors with you. We know that a courtroom can be an intimidating place when you have not had much experience with the legal system. But it is important to know you are not facing it alone.

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