Meeting of Creditors and Debtors’ Duty to Provide Bank Statements

Debtors who filed Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy cases are required to provide certain documents to the trustee prior to the Meeting of Creditors. It is the responsibility of bankruptcy attorneys to make sure that all of the required documents are collected in advance and provided to the trustee ahead of the meeting.

According to Bankruptcy Rule 4002, the trustee must be provided sixty days of pay stubs and the most recent tax return.  In addition, debtors who own real estate that they intend on keeping must provide the trustee with some kind of valuation or appraisal.  Here in Rochester, bankruptcy trustees also require copies of the deed, mortgage, if any, as well as the most recent mortgage statement.

In addition, Bankruptcy Rule 4002 requires the debtor to bring to the Meeting of Creditors all bank and other financial account statements showing the balances in the accounts on the date the bankruptcy petition was filed.  All bankruptcy trustees here in Rochester adhere to this rule. Turning the statements over at the meeting of creditors will save debtors time and will allow the trustee to resolve any issues related to exempt funds.

If debtors do not have such statements and are unable to obtain them from their bank, Bankruptcy Rule 4002 provides a solution by allowing debtors to submit a verified statement to that effect.

If you contemplating filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, or are dealing with debt problems in Western New York, including Rochester, Canandaigua, Brighton, Pittsford, Penfield, Perinton, Fairport, Webster, Victor, Farmington, Greece, Gates, Hilton, Parma, Brockport, Spencerport, LeRoy, Chili, Churchville, Monroe County, Ontario County, Wayne County, Orleans County, Livingston County, and being harassed by bill collectors, and would like to know more about how bankruptcy may be able to help you, contact me today by phone or email to schedule a FREE initial consultation with a Rochester, NY, bankruptcy lawyer.

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