I won’t presume to call this list “Suggested Reading” or even “Recommended Reading.” In fact, it is really just a not-so-random collection of materials that may bear on some part of my practice or your case. Or, if you found your way here from Google or some other search engine, may be of some interest to you in whatever brought you here. At the moment, most of what is here is bankruptcy related, includes information that I have gathered over time, and which I or some clients of mine may have found useful.
The United States Trustee Program
The United States Department of Justice administers the US Trustee Program. To quote from the UST’s site, the role of the US Trustee is to oversee “the administration of bankruptcy cases and private trustees under 28 U.S.C. § 586 and 11 U.S.C. § 101, et seq.” In other words, they are charged with keeping everyone honest. And it behooves you to follow this because the UST can destroy an otherwise good and simple bankruptcy case.
Here’s an interesting one. It’s an FAQ for Interim Trustees who are part of the US Trustee Program. If you want to try to anticipate the sorts of concerns that an interim trustee may have about your case, check this out. I haven’t read the while thing. This is where you learn that the Interim Trustee gets paid $60 for handling your case, and which may help you understand the Doctrine of Low Hanging Fruit.
Here’s another interesting one. It’s all about Procedures for Suspension and Removal of Panel Trustees and Standing Trustees; Final Rule. How they get hired, fired, installed and removed. It’s probably best if you don’t have to know these things, but if you do, here it is.
The 341 Meeting of Creditors
This section is from the Official Trustee Handbook of the United Stated States Trustee instructions that tells the interim trustee what to ask at a debtor’s 341 Meeting of Creditors. I have only included the sections dealing with the actual 341 Meeting of Creditors itself, but the full information can be obtained from the link above.
Statement of Financial Affairs: This is a blank Statement of Financial Affairs. It is part of every bankruptcy filing, whether it’s a simple no-asset Chapter 7, a Chapter 13 or a highly complex Chapter 11. It is the part of a filing that is usually most confusing to debtors, and if you don’t understand something, you should ask your attorney.
Bankruptcy Petition and Schedules: This is a blank Bankruptcy Petition and set of Bankruptcy Schedules. They are part of every bankruptcy filing, whether it’s a simple no-asset Chapter 7, a Chapter 13 or a highly complex Chapter 11. When your attorney refers to the Petition or your Schedules, this is what he or she is talking about. The versions I have included are not fillable, but versions that you can fill-in yourself can be obtained from the US Bankruptcy Court.