What is a Bankruptcy Trustee?
On Behalf of O’Brien Law Firm, LLC
Posted on: February 15, 2023
A trustee is a person appointed by the state to put forward a person’s estate in the case of bankruptcy. The bankruptcy trustee evaluates and gives suggestions regarding the important steps that need to be taken during the bankruptcy proceedings in court.
Despite the suggestions that are made keeping in mind various debtors’ demands, the bankruptcy judge makes the final decision regarding the estate.
Responsibilities of Bankruptcy Trustee
The responsibilities of a bankruptcy trustee are different based on different types of bankruptcy. In the case of chapter 13 bankruptcy, the owner sells some of their assets to pay their debts and keep the rest for themselves. In chapter 13, bankruptcy, the debts are not discharged because the owner offers to provide a repayment plan. Individuals mostly file it with a regular income who can restructure their obligations and pay their debts over time.
Regular does not only mean wages earned through a job. It can also include self-employed individuals or unincorporated business owners. It is the trustee’s responsibility to come up with a restructuring plan to help the debtor repay their debts timely.
In the case of chapter 11 bankruptcy, the owner aims to re-emerge from bankruptcy and try to continue their operations. This type of bankruptcy is mostly filed by business owners who want to help their business function again. Chapter 11 bankruptcy is one of the most expensive ways to deal with bankruptcy.
Reorganising your business can cost you a lot. It is necessary to do thorough research and evaluation before making a plan to reorganise your business. A trustee helps you devise a plan according to your current financial standing and advices on selling the business if there is no chance of reorganising.
In the case of chapter 7 bankruptcy, a trustee liquidates the owner’s assets and repays the debts and creditors by formulating a bankruptcy plan. After paying all the essential debts, the court discharges the remaining debts if the funds gathered from liquidation are exhausted. The trustee sells all the assets and transfers them to a trust. He then pays all the valid claims accordingly.