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What to Expect at a 341 Meeting of Creditors

July 19th, 2019 at 6:49 pm

TX bankruptcy lawyer, TX chapter 7 attorney Once you have made the decision to file for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, prepared and filled out all required paperwork and filed that paperwork, you will have to attend a meeting. This meeting is referred to as a 341 meeting of creditors and will take place at a time, place, and location that is determined by the bankruptcy court and will include your bankruptcy trustee and creditors. This can be a nerve-wracking time for you because the trustee will ask you a series of questions about your application to ensure you are not trying to commit bankruptcy fraud and to discover whether or not you have nonexempt assets that could be sold to repay all or part of your debts.

During the Meeting

Prior to the 341 meeting of creditors, the bankruptcy trustee will have already reviewed your paperwork and financial records. During the meeting, the trustee will ask you a series of questions to gather more information about your case. By federal law, during the meeting, the trustee is required to ensure that you are aware of:

  • The consequences of filing for bankruptcy, such as the impact it will have on your credit history
  • Your ability to file for bankruptcy through different means, such as a Chapter 13 bankruptcy
  • The effect that receiving a discharge of your debts through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy will have
  • The effect of reaffirming a debt

The trustee will also ask you questions about why you are filing for bankruptcy, your monthly income and expenses, assets, debts, marital status and any dependents you might have. They will also want to know about any other financial obligations you may have, such as child support or spousal maintenance. The trustee will want to make sure that you do not have any assets that are not exempt that could be used to repay all or part of your debts. You will also have to attest, under oath, that all of the information that you have provided is true.

A Schertz, TX Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney Can Help

If you are thinking about filing for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, there are certain requirements you must meet and procedures you must take. Help from a knowledgeable New Braunfels, TX Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyer can be extremely helpful throughout the bankruptcy process. At the Law Office of Chance M. McGhee, we can help you prepare for your creditor meeting and we will also accompany you to the meeting to ensure your rights are protected. Call our office today at 210-342-3400 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/1/341-meeting.asp

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/11/341

Rules of 341 Meetings in Bankruptcy

September 10th, 2014 at 10:26 am

341 meetingAll Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitioners are required to attend a creditors meeting. This is typically the only “formal” meeting the petitioner will be required to attend. This meeting is also known as a 341 meeting, named after the section of the bankruptcy code that addresses it. A 341 meeting is most often held at the office of the trustee who is overseeing the bankruptcy.

Some of the documents that your bankruptcy attorney will have you prepare ahead of time to bring to the meeting include:

  • Paycheck stubs,
  • Federal and state tax returns for the past four years,
  • Any bank or other financial account statements, and
  • Property deeds and titles.

The petitioner is required to answer, under oath, questions that the trustee or any creditors may have.  One of the purposes of the meeting is to make sure the petitioner is not lying about or hiding any assets that could be used to pay off creditors. In most cases, the meeting itself does not last any longer than 15 minutes.

However, if a trustee is not happy with a petitioner’s answers, he or she can request the petitioner provide more documentation to support their answers. Often, this documentation can be mailed to the trustee. However, occasionally, the trustee will continue the meeting for another day. According to the 314 statute, if the trustee is requesting a continuance of the creditor’s meeting, then the trustee must immediately file a written notice of when the adjourned meeting will resume.

It is that rule that protected a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitioner’s home when the trustee handling her case attempted to object to the homestead exception the woman had filed.

In her bankruptcy petition, the woman had filed a homestead exception for the home she owned. However, she and her husband had separated and the woman moved out of the home. At the creditor’s hearing, the trustee objected to the exemption and continued the meeting to a later, unspecified time.

The trustee then filed a written objection to the homestead exemption, but because he never filed a written continuance of the creditors meeting, the court allowed the homestead exemption in the bankruptcy.

If you are struggling with debt problems in the San Antonio, Texas area due to job loss, medical issues, or any other reason, seek help from an experienced San Antonio bankruptcy attorney today. Contact the Law Offices of Chance M. McGhee for all of your bankruptcy needs, and to start the process of financial relief and recovery.

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