Brian D. Shapiro
The Bankruptcy Trustee and the Questions You Will be Asked During the Meeting of Creditors
I have been a bankruptcy attorney for over 25 years and have also worked as a bankruptcy trustee for over 14 years. As a bankruptcy trustee, I am required to ask certain questions during a meeting of creditors. These questions are required by the Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee. Accordingly, during the meeting of creditors, it is highly likely that you will be asked the following questions (the trustee may vary the wording of the actual questions):
1. Is the address on the petition your current address?
2. Did you sign the petition, schedules, statements, and related documents and is the signature your own?
3. Did you read the petition, schedules, statements, and related documents before you signed them?
4. Are you personally familiar with the information contained in the petition, schedules, statements, and related documents?
5. To the best of your knowledge, is the information contained in the petition, schedules, statements, and related documents true and correct?
6. Are there any errors or omissions to bring to my attention at this time?
7. Are all of your assets identified on the schedules?
8. Have you listed all of your creditors on the schedules?
9. Have you previously filed bankruptcy? (If so, the trustee must obtain the case number and the discharge information to determine the debtor(s) discharge eligibility.)
10. What is the address of your current employer?
11. Is the copy of the tax return you provided a true copy of the most recent tax return you filed?
12. Do you have a domestic support obligation? To whom? Please provide to me the claimant’s address and telephone number.
13. Have you read the Bankruptcy Information Sheet provided by the United States Trustee?
The bankruptcy trustee will ask you additional questions, but the above questions are the ones that are required to be ask of you during the meeting of creditors.
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