Trustee Duties in a Chapter 13

After filing for bankruptcy, a debtor will receive a Notice of Appointment of Trustee from the court which provides the name, address, and phone number of the trustee. The Notice may also include a list of any financial documents the trustee wants copies of, such as bank statements, canceled checks, and tax returns, and the date by which they are due.

Administers the Bankruptcy Estate and Property

Filing for bankruptcy lumps all of the debtors assets and debts into an entity known as the bankruptcy estate. In a Chapter 13 case, the trustee manages all claims (debts) that relate to the estate. That means all property owned before filing is under the supervision of the bankruptcy court. Don’t throw out, give away, sell, or dispose of any property until the bankruptcy trustee can approve the transaction.

If a debtor receives certain kinds of property (or become entitled to receive it) within 180 days after filing for bankruptcy, it must be reported:

  • Property inherited or entitled to inherit.
  • Property from a marital settlement agree